Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council Receives $75,000 Our Town Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

By Editorial Team on May 23, 2021

Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC) has been approved for a $75,000 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant to support ‘Destination Prince George’s: Telling Our Story’. This is one of only 63 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; ultimately laying the groundwork for sustainable systems change.

As the country and the arts sector begin to work towards a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce this Our Town funding. These awards will support cross-sector partnerships such as the one lead by the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council, that demonstrate the power of the arts to help communities create a better future for themselves,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers.

“We are incredibly excited about receiving the prestigious Our Town award and the enormous impact it will have on our project, ‘Destination Prince George’s: Telling Our Story’ and our entire County,” said PGAHC CEO & Chief Curator Rhonda Dallas. “I want to especially thank the leadership of our County Executive and the Prince George’s County Council who have supported this project since the beginning. We look forward to working with the many dynamic community and agency partners who will help curate and shape a more authentic, inclusive, dynamic narrative of our beloved Prince George’s County. in our ‘County Seat’ through innovative architectural and landscape design, public art, cultural programming, and creative expression.”

Destination Prince George’s: Telling Our Story is a creative placemaking and public art strategy and initiative in Largo, MD, that through innovative partnerships and in-depth community and civic engagement, will brand and reflect a more inclusive Prince George’s County identity and narrative that elevate and celebrate its rich and unique cultural traditions, under-represented populations, and diversity.  The largest public art/creative placemaking initiative undertaken, it will be the first County-wide multi-disciplinary, multi-agency creative place-making walkable, bikeable, public art experience in our County. The primary focus is implementing a community-empowered narrative change strategy through creative expression, public art, and creating new “monuments” to shift focus on wellness, equity, authentic and inclusive engagement, and the celebration and exploration of the County’s past, present, and future.

For more information on projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.