ArtPlace America, a national collaborative of funders has selected STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise from among 1,270 projects from across the country to receive a $400,000 grant for creative place making. Central Park NC announced today that it is among 55 grants given by ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) in 2014, to support projects that use the arts to improve communities. The grant will be used to develop training and education around glass, ceramic and metal arts; internships, apprenticeships, artists-in-residency and other work space programs. It will be used for retail opportunities augmented with marketing events and a strategy to encourage artists and creative entrepreneurs to relocate to Star and join this emerging local economy.
“We have been working for years to transform the former mill town of Star into a vibrant glass arts community,” said Nancy Gottovi, Central Park NC and STARworks Center executive director. “While we can see our work in Star beginning to pay off, receiving this generous grant from ArtPlace further supports and validates our efforts. We’re incredibly grateful.”
The ArtPlace America grant leverages more than $1.6 million in additional funding to grow a vibrant arts community, with a particular focus on glass, metal, and ceramic arts to bring visitors to the region, help create a new cultural identity for the former mill town, and revive the local economy.
"I'm so proud to see this powerful national recognition of the status and importance of our project. Its such a strong reflection of the quality, skills, dedication and hard work of the team that have made it all happen" said David Jones, Chair of the Board of Central Park NC.
STARworks currently features a public access glass studio, an artist residency program, a ceramics studio, and a developing metal studio. Renovation is currently underway to create more space for businesses, artists’ studios, and a retail craft sales shop.
“It has been an amazing experience to watch as Central Park NC has renovated the old hosiery mill building, now known as STARworks, and attracted artists and creative businesses to inhabit the building,” said Star Commissioner Eddie Bernard. “As a direct result, we are seeing more tourists and visiting artists. Empty houses in Star have been renovated and are now occupied, several area homes have been purchased and renovated or built by people employed at STARworks. Our region is very fortunate that STARworks has received this grant, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for our community.”
“Investing in and supporting the arts have a profound impact on the social, physical, and economic futures of communities,” said ArtPlace Executive Director Jamie L. Bennett. “Projects like these demonstrate how imaginative and committed people are when it comes to enhancing their communities with creative interventions and thoughtful practices.”
About Central Park NC
Central Park NC is a not for profit organization dedicated to improving the local economy by focusing on the cultural arts and natural resources of central North Carolina. STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise, located in Star, NC is a well known project of Central Park NC that furthers this mission by working with the Town of Star to grow a strong and successful visual arts community that will revive the local economy devastated by the loss of hosiery and apparel manufacturing.
About ArtPlace America
ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) advances the field of creative placemaking, in which art and culture plays an explicit and central role in shaping communities’ social, physical, and economic futures. To date, ArtPlace has awarded $56.8 million through 189 grants to projects serving 122 communities across 42 states and the District of Columbia.
ArtPlace is a collaboration among the Barr Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, and two anonymous donors.
ArtPlace seeks advice and counsel from its close working relationships with the following federal agencies: the National Endowment for the Arts, the US Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council.
ArtPlace has additional partnership from six major financial institutions: Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife and Morgan Stanley.
The deadline for submission for a 2015 grant application will be announced later this year. For more information or to join ArtPlace’s mailing list, visit www.artplaceamerica.org.