Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative Receives NEA Grant

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A Charlottesville arts initiative has some big plans thanks to a $50,000 grant.

Last year the city of Charlottesville asked the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative to apply for the Our Town grant through the National Endowment for the Arts. Bridge PAI is the only organization in the state to get the grant, and the organization wants to use the money to revitalize part of the city between the southern end of the downtown mall and the Ix property.

"We'll be doing a bunch of workshops, probably a few festivals to get people excited, pairing artists with local residents to try to produce some small projects. In year two we'll actually be bringing some bigger artists in to work with the neighborhood to kind of do some large-scale projects over the whole year,” said Matthew Slaats, Bridge PAI director.

Bridge PAI will be responsible for matching the grant cash. That means the first step of the project is to get a fundraising effort underway in the community.

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