Today the City of Lancaster announced the selection of five artists for its Public Art Community Engagement (PACE) Neighbors program.
The 18-month grant-funded program is designed to support a cohort of local artists in making temporary public art projects to engage Lancaster city residents in discovering the connections between art and civic government. PACE Neighbors is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Franklin & Marshall College, the City of Lancaster’s Comprehensive Plan, the Lancaster County Community Foundation, the High Family Foundation and the Rick and Gail Gray Fund.
The following Lancaster city-based artists have been selected to receive the $15,000 commission and participate in the PACE Neighbors 2022-23 Cohort:
The artists were selected by a committee of arts professionals, artists, community leaders, and two members of the Public Art Advisory Board. The Public Art Community Engagement Manager served as a non-voting member and facilitator of the process.
As a cohort, these artists will have opportunities to connect with other practicing artists and various resources to augment their own work. Information gleaned through the community-based projects will inform the City’s upcoming comprehensive plan, while contributing to neighborhood pride and sense of place.
The program has four main goals to accomplish over the course of the residencies:
PACE is an important step in Lancaster City’s journey in fostering the arts community. Informed by Mayor Sorace’s strategic plan, the program will play a critical part in identifying and addressing needs of each neighborhood. In the future, the City of Lancaster plans to continue to increase its investment in the arts via creative project funding opportunities.
“PACE Neighbors will be key to creatively connecting our community to our comprehensive planning process,” said Mayor Danene Sorace. “I am excited to see local artists bring their talents to these conversations.”
PACE Neighbors Program Timeline
Learn more about the PACE Neighbors program and the 2022-23 artist cohort at www.cityoflancasterpa.com/pace.
To find out more about how the National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.