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CURA Names 2014 Artist and Neighborhood Partnership Initiative Grantees

Chaun Webster and Verna Wong

Chaun Webster and Verna Wong of Ancestry Books plan to make their store not only a bookstore but also a neighborhood hub and gathering space.

January 13, 2015

The University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs’ Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (NPI) and Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (ANPI) provide grants of up to $10,000 to community-based, neighborhood, or other place-based organizations and artists located in communities of color and low-income communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul and surrounding suburbs.

NPI supports partnerships that lead to increased engagement, power, and influence of community members affected by racial, social, and economic disparities. ANPI grants recognize the valuable role that the arts and artists can play in community revitalization efforts and are intended to support the involvement of artists as key actors and leaders of community development. The 2014 grantees include an open mic forum that fosters leadership and social change, an ethnic food shelf, and a project designed to challenge community perceptions of the sex trade. The deadline for submitting a letter of interest for the 2015 NPI/ANPI programs is January 15, 2015.

Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative

Neighborhood Partnership Initiative