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Office of Public Art Awarded NEA Grant

July 23, 2020 | Department of Community Planning & Economic Development Office of Neighborhood Engagement Public Art Program
By: Amber Strazzo

The City of Lancaster was awarded a $50,000 grant this month by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the Office of Public Art’s Public Art Community Engagement (PACE) program.

The grant was awarded to fund the new PACE Manager position in the Office of Public Art, which will run the PACE Neighbors program. The PACE Manager will also support the Office of Neighborhood Engagement through resident-driven public art projects. The position was posted on Feb. 14 and applications closed on March 13, but the selection process was delayed due to COVID-19.

The Office of Public Art was one of 855 organizations nationwide to receive a grant from the NEA. The grants were made possible through CARES Act funding to support previous NEA award recipients with staff salaries, fees for artists or contractual personnel, and facilities costs.

This award marks the third grant that the City of Lancaster has received from the NEA in the last year.