McColl Center Awarded ArtPlace America’s 2016 National Creative Placemaking Fund Grant

On December 6, 2016, ArtPlace America announced that McColl Center for Art + Innovation was awarded $350,000 for the project, A Tale of Two Cities: McColl Center + the North Tryon Corridor. This is one of 29 projects chosen, from almost 1,400 applications, to receive funding through ArtPlace America’s National Creative Placemaking Fund in 2016. This is McColl Center's second National Creative Placemaking Fund award.

ArtPlace America’s National Creative Placemaking Fund is a highly competitive national program – funding 2% of initial applications – that invests money in communities across the country in which artists, arts organizations, and arts and culture activity will help drive community development change in the sectors of agriculture and food; economic development; education and youth; environment and energy; health, housing; immigration; public safety; transportation; or workforce development.

A Tale of Two Cities: McColl Center + the North Tryon Corridor pinpoints the Center’s unique location on North Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte, mere footsteps from the vital center for service delivery for people experiencing homelessness. Recent and rapid corporate and private housing development has threatened to displace these services and their clients in the name of public safety, further jeopardizing a vulnerable population. Through primary partnerships with the City of Charlotte, Urban Ministry Center, Grubb Properties, and North End Partners, McColl Center will leverage its reputation as the leading contemporary art center and artist residency program in Charlotte to drive a consensus vision for the North Tryon Street area and in response to these challenges.

“McColl Center is honored to receive a second ArtPlace America award,” says Suzanne Fetscher, President + CEO of McColl Center. “We are grateful to our stellar community partners who have committed to this collaborate on this project to make North Tryon Street an inclusive, vibrant, and safe neighborhood for everyone.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to be adding this dynamic set of projects to our portfolio this year,” says F. Javier Torres, Director of National Grantmaking. “The thoughtful and innovative strategies in this year’s projects are truly indicative of the vital role that artists and arts and culture organizations play in strengthening local policy, and the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.” 

For more information, contact Armando Bellmas, Director or Marketing + Communications at McColl Center for Art + Innovation, at 704-944-8235 or