January 15, 2011

It's Grant Writing Season

Which is both exciting and terrifying.  Deciding which ones are worth slaving hours over to apply to is a handful in itself- and then there's the hoop jumping and proving the unproveable... egh.  The NEA provides government grants that basically put you through hell to apply to them.... buuuut i was reading their website for what they're calling Creative Placemaking and it gave me a "well hm!" moment...

"In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, nonprofit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city, or region around arts and cultural activities. Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired."

So apparently when i grow up i want to be a creative placemaker? I think this only furthers the hokeyness of my claiming to be a restorative nurturer...  regardless, it's getting me closer to figuring out that bridge i live on that's between art and the artsworld.  

And in case you were wondering, yes- this is the most important bridge in the world...

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