Byway of Art Receives ArtPlace America Grant

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Adele Phillips,, 402.687.2103 ext. 1009; or John Crabtree,, 402.687.2103 ext. 1010

Lyons, Nebraska - Today, the Center for Rural Affairs announced that the organization will receive one of 55 grants awarded by ArtPlace America in 2014 to support creative placemaking across the country.

The $200,000 grant will support the cooperative creation of a public artwork in each of four neighboring towns, guidance from an established visiting artist, and celebration of the completed works with a tour in Autumn of 2015.

“Investing in and supporting the arts have a profound impact on the social, physical, and economic futures of communities. Projects like these demonstrate how imaginative and committed people are when it comes to enhancing their communities with creative interventions and thoughtful practices.” - ArtPlace Executive Director Jamie L. Bennett.

According to Adele Phillips with the Center for Rural Affairs, the 2014 ArtPlace awardees represent 4% of the 1,270 letters of inquiry ArtPlace received this year. This year, 31% of ArtPlace’s grants will go to projects working in rural communities, which compares with 17% last year.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity for the Center for Rural Affairs, and we are delighted to share this exciting news,” said Phillips. “Deploying the arts can transform communities, and receiving such generous support from ArtPlace validates both our past work and future vision.”

We are particularly proud to be part of the upswing in awards for art projects in rural and small town America. And we commend ArtPlace America for recognizing the potential for community art initiatives in so many rural places across the nation this year.

Jan Cline-Zimmerman, proprietor of Creative Connection Studio Gallery in Oakland, Nebraska, is excited to see the arts move forward in these small towns. “I have dedicated over 30 years to teaching students of all ages in the fine arts. This funding will allow many more opportunities to expand creativity within the region and encourage communication across multiple generations and cultures.”

Next steps in project implementation will include an Artist’s Talk on public art, and invitations to community members to join in on this exciting opportunity. The Center for Rural Affairs welcomes the citizens of Lyons, Decatur, Macy and Oakland, Nebraska, to celebrate the news of this exciting opportunity.

About ArtPlace America

ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) advances the field of creative placemaking, in which art and culture plays an explicit and central role in shaping communities’ social, physical, and economic futures. To date, ArtPlace has awarded $56.8 million through 189 grants to projects serving 122 communities across 42 states and the District of Columbia.

ArtPlace is a collaboration among the Barr Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, and two anonymous donors.

ArtPlace seeks advice and counsel from its close working relationships with the following federal agencies: the National Endowment for the Arts, the US Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council.

ArtPlace has additional partnership from six major financial institutions: Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife and Morgan Stanley.The deadline for submission for a 2015 grant application will be announced later this year. For more information or to join ArtPlace’s mailing list, visit

For additional information about ArtPlace contact: Bow Bridge Communications, LLC, New York City, Libby Mark, Managing Principal, 917.968.5567,

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