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City of Reno chosen for national arts grant program

4th Street District 1 of 57 National Endowment for the Arts Our Town projects selected nationwide

Post Date:05/23/2019 4:32 PM
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter recently announced 57 awards totaling $4.1 million supporting projects across the nation through the Arts Endowment’s Our Town program. The City of Reno is one of the recommended organizations for a grant of $100,000 to support public outreach and public art creation to commemorate the City of Reno’s 4th Street District.

“These awards made to organizations across the United States are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the NEA. “Organizations such as the City of Reno’s Arts & Culture Commission are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create and be inspired.”

“We have seen how art can make a difference in our neighborhoods by creating a sense of place and community,” Vice Mayor and Reno City Council Arts & Culture Liaison Naomi Duerr said. “This grant will support us in engaging this historical district in the placemaking process and contribute to the ongoing revitalization of the area.”

The Lincoln Highway Project will bring together businesses and residents of east 4th Street in a community process to create a sense of social cohesion, safety, and identity. This two-year community engagement process will explore cultural district development, the history of the area, storytelling, and the past and future of Reno. The result will be one or more public artworks that reflect the community identity.

4th Street has undergone many transformations and, most recently, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County recently completed a two-year multimodal improvement project connecting the City of Reno and the City of Sparks. The City of Reno will partner with the 4th Street Brewery District, Nevada Humanities, and the Community Assistance Center to realize the project.

For a complete list of projects recommended for Our Town grant support, please visit the NEA web site at