Downtown Freeport ‘Vibrant Arts Plaza’ Sees 50K Boost of Support

Freeport, Illinois — National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced 89 awards totaling $6.89 million supporting projects across the nation through the NEA’s Our Town program. The Freeport Art Museum is one of the recommended organizations for a grant of $50,000 to support the museum’s Downtown Arts Plaza. The project includes community engagement in design of an arts plaza, development of an arts festival, and creation of public art.

The Freeport Art Museum will partner with the City of Freeport and Northwest Illinois Development Alliance on this initiative. All 26,000 residents of Freeport will benefit as this plaza will provide access to open green space and a venue for more frequent and varied forms of entertainment. The NEA received 274 eligible applications for Our Town this year and will make grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000.

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as the Freeport Art Museum, to cultivate vitality in their communities through the arts.”

“The Freeport Art Museum is honored to have this exciting project recommended for funding by the National Endowment for the Arts, said FAM Executive Director, Jessica Modica. Beyond the financial support, this award adds Freeport to a distinctive list of Our Town recipients.

The Freeport Art Museum, the City of Freeport and our partners with the City Centre Freeport alliance have all come together to share a vision for this creative placemaking project that will transform this space into a vibrant Arts Plaza designed to encourage civic engagement, develop art and cultural activities that help facilitate economic development and to create a more walkable community.”

For a complete list of projects recommended for Our Town grant support, please visit the NEA web site at The NEA recently relaunched the creative placemaking web page which has lots of resources.

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEASpring17.

The Freeport Art Museum is a private, not-for-profit organization that works to promote an understanding of art and culture through collections, exhibitions, and educational programs. Their vision is to contribute to the vibrancy and revitalization of our community by becoming the region’s foremost resource and destination for art.


Image: Winter Design, Inc.


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