Parks and Rec Gets Art Grant!

Ink People & City of Eureka Awarded California Arts Council  “Creative California Communities” Grant

State funds will leverage local arts project to address community needs

Eureka, CA – The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $90,000 to the Ink People & City of Eureka as part of its Creative California Communities program.  The program supports collaborative projects that harness arts and culture as a creative placemaking strategy. Projects will benefit residents and visitors by utilizing area artists, cultural organizations and arts-related businesses to address community needs or priorities.

With support from the California Arts Council, Ink People will partner with the City of Eureka in Reviving the HeARTbeat of Eureka’s Waterfront.  It will address healthy lifestyle, transportation and public safety issues, and its integration of arts and culture will celebrate, challenge and define local identity through eight very special interactive artist benches/sculptures to be spaced along the length of the Eureka Waterfront Trail.  Grant funding will also be used to initiate a community cultural celebration as a grand opening event for the Eureka Waterfront Trail.

“The transformative nature of the Creative California Communities program is so powerful. It’s thrilling to see grantees use the arts and creative expression to reinvigorate spaces, and by extension, area residents and visitors,” said California Arts Council Chair Donn K. Harris. “The potential a creative placemaking project like Reviving the HeARTbeat of Eureka’s Waterfront has to inspire and rejuvenate a community is truly immeasurable.”

The Ink People is a community-based, grassroots, artist-run, arts and culture organization which  changes lives by connecting the community with resources for cultural development.  The City of Eureka will play an important role in this placemaking partnership. Through the Parks and Recreation Department, the City will fund the research and development of the interpretive elements which will determine the themes used in the design directive for the placemaking project.

For more information please contact:

Libby Maynard,  707-442-8413

Donna Wood, 707-268-1858

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