SA P and Albuquerque Partners Receive NEA Our Town Grant

July 22, 2013

The National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant will provide $150,000 to support the design of new permanent community gathering and garden spaces along Route 66 in Albuquerque's International District.

The partnership includes the City of Albu­querque and its Cul­tural Ser­vices Depart­ment, the Uni­ver­sity of New Mex­ico School of Archi­tec­ture & Plan­ning, the ABQ UNM City­ Lab, Bernalillo County, the Albu­querque Met­ro­pol­i­tan Arroyo Flood Con­trol Author­ity (AMAFCA) and two non-profit orga­ni­za­tions instru­men­tal to the project—Littleglobe and Story of Place Institute.

Michaele Pride, asso­ciate dean, UNM School of Archi­tec­ture & Plan­ning, said, "We will host and man­age the design project with City ­Lab as the venue for the project, which allows us to lever­age our com­mit­ment with the City of Albuquerque."

The highly-competitive Our Town pro­gram will award $4.725 mil­lion in this cycle, with the City of Albu­querque Part­ner­ship receiv­ing $150,000. The two-year part­ner­ship project will cul­mi­nate in a design to revi­tal­ize a com­mu­nity space in the Inter­na­tional Dis­trict with input from the peo­ple who live and work there. The design of the com­mu­nity garden/plaza space will serve as a model for four more sim­i­lar spaces along Cen­tral Avenue.

Pride added, "This is the first of these larger NEA grants secured by the School of Archi­tec­ture & Plan­ning in recent his­tory. By engag­ing gov­ern­ment, the pri­vate sec­tor and the com­mu­nity, we are cre­at­ing a model of how we impact New Mex­ico com­mu­ni­ties in the future." The project will provide an enriched academic experience for students and faculty.

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