The Perry County Economic Development Authority (PCEDA) and Perry County Council of the Arts (PCCA) are pleased to announce a major cooperative placemaking initiative to be funded by several key grant and fundraising streams.
PCCA has been approved for a $50,000 Our Town award from the National Endowment for the Arts to support a countywide creative placemaking initiative. This is one of 51 grants nationwide that the agency has approved in this category to support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes.
“At PCCA, we are excited to partner with PCEDA to support this worthwhile initiative and showcase all our communities have to offer visitors, residents and businesses. Perry County is truly a hidden gem, rich in history and home to a robust arts culture. The abundance of imagination and creativity that can be found in our towns and countryside continues to shine in these changing times,” said PCCA Board President Kurt Hower.
PCEDA received a grant from the Pennsylvania Keystone Communities Program, which will fund half of the project, to develop initiatives to attract more visitors to Perry County’s downtowns through the arts and culture. This community-led program will be conducted in all nine of Perry’s Boroughs as one component of a countywide Downtown Revitalization project. Creative Placemaking engages the local community and is a catalyst to elevate key assets, local history, or cultural infrastructure.
Board Chair Martha Roberts stated, “on behalf of the PCEDA Board of Directors, we welcome this partnership with PCCA. Their commitment to provide programs and services to advance the arts in the county is well established. This project will create a unique cultural enhancement within each Borough and help draw visitors to the small businesses within each town.”
For more information on the projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news
For more information on other programs & services provided by the Perry County Council of the Arts (PCCA), please call 717-567-7023 or visit www.perrycountyarts.org
. PCCA receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support comes from a growing list of members, and numerous corporations and private foundations throughout Central Pennsylvania.