Raleigh, N.C. — Five communities in North Carolina will be named SmART Initiative pilot projects on Thursday, August 23 in Greensboro by Department of Cultural Resources Linda A. Carlisle. Additionally, grant funding for arts organizations around the state for fiscal year 2012—2013 will be released.
The announcements are scheduled at 11 a.m. at the Greensboro Cultural Center Atrium, downtown.
The SmART Initiative is designed to catalyze arts driven economic development in the communities of the state where the arts are the centerpiece of community revitalization. Towns and cities applied for the program earlier this year for projects that included plans for public art, a cultural district or cultural tourism development. All the projects demonstrate both private and local government support.
In addition to the SmART Pilot Projects, the Arts Council's 2012—2013 grant awards will be announced.
In the fall of 2010, Secretary Carlisle established a task force comprised of private developers, civic and government leaders, legislators, tourism and chamber of commerce directors and arts leaders. The Task Force, after a series of meetings and comprehensive reviews of successful projects, made recommendations for a program in North Carolina. Information about the SmART Initiative is available at www.ncarts.org/smart.
Thursday, August 23
Atrium, Greensboro Cultural Center
200 N. Davie St
Greensboro, N.C. 27402
Linda A. Carlisle, Secretary, N.C. Department of Cultural Resources
Wayne Martin, Executive Director, N.C. Arts Council
Tom Pilion, Executive Director, United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro
George Sheer, Director, Elsewhere Collaborative
The SmART Initiative Pilot Grant Program recipients will be made available at Noon on Thursday, August 23 at www.ncarts.org. For additional information, contact Rebecca Moore at (919) 807-6530.