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K-State Today

June 10, 2016



College of Architecture, Planning & Design partner receives National Endowment for the Arts award

By Thom Jackson

The Kansas City Design Center, a partner of K-State's College of Architecture, Planning & Design, received one of 64 grant awards totaling $4.3 million supporting projects across the nation through the Our Town program from the National Endowment for the Arts Chairman.

The center, in partnership with the Office of Culture and Creative Services, is one of the recipients for an award of $100,000 for the "West Bottoms Reborn: Activating Public Space through the Arts" project, a "place-keeping" strategy that integrates local artist and design professionals in the visioning and planning process of public space to extoll and nurture the unique qualities of the West Bottoms.

Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts' latest investment in creative placemaking, through which partners from both public and private sectors come together to strategically shape the social, physical and economic character of a neighborhood, town, city, or region with the arts at their core. The National Endowment for the Arts received 240 applications for Our Town this year with awards ranging from $25,000 to $100,000.

Read more of the press release online