VisArts, in Partnership with the City of Rockville, Awarded Bloomberg Philanthropies Grant for Asphalt Art Project

By Editorial Team on December 4, 2023

VisArts, Exterior Featuring Gibbs Street Gallery (Photo by Dillon Meyer, Courtesy of VisArts)

VisArts is pleased to announce that Bloomberg Philanthropies has awarded the City of Rockville, in partnership with VisArts, a $25,000 Asphalt Art Initiative grant.

The City of Rockville is one of 25 cities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to receive a grant to install a project that uses art and design to improve street safety, revitalize public spaces, and engage residents. The proposed project was selected from more than 200 applications.

According to Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, “The Asphalt Art Initiative has proven that when cities invest in these low-cost projects, streets become safer and communities become stronger.” He continues, “…the initiative creates vibrant public spaces… and increases each city’s capacity to work with artists and community groups on creative projects.”

The project will transform Beall Avenue with a mural designed to engage our community, delight visitors to Rockville Town Square, slow traffic, and improve pedestrian safety.

Alice Nappy, VisArts’ executive director, says, “VisArts is thrilled to work in collaboration with the City of Rockville on an arts initiative that will make our streets safer and provide artists with a paid opportunity to create public art.”

VisArts is located in Rockville Town Square at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, Md. Visit www.visartscenter.org for more information.

[Source: VisArts Press Release]