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Montserrat College of Art

July 12, 2012 11:30 ET

National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2012 Our Town Grant Award to Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA

BEVERLY, MA--(Marketwire - Jul 12, 2012) - The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announces 80 Our Town grant awards totaling $4.995 million and reaching 44 states and the District of Columbia. Montserrat College of Art is one of the grantees as part of a collaborative partnership with the City of Beverly and Beverly Main Streets The group will receive $75,000 of a $150,000 matching grant to create a strategy and implementation plan for an Arts and Cultural district in downtown Beverly.

The NEA grant supports creative placemaking projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful and sustainable places with the arts at their core. The projects will improve quality of life, encourage creative activity, create community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies.

The grant will be used for master planning, implementation and sustainability of a Beverly Arts and Cultural district. The plan will be a blueprint to connect, communicate, and celebrate the arts in all its forms, leveraging the downtown presence of Montserrat College of Art as the core.

"Cities and towns are transformed when you bring the arts -- both literally and figuratively -- into the center of them," said NEA Chairman Landesman. "I am proud to be partnering with these 80 communities and their respective arts, civic, and elected leaders."

Montserrat College of Art President Stephen D. Immerman said, "Montserrat was founded as an incubator to develop the next generation of creative thinkers and contributors to the creative economy. We relish the opportunity this grant offers to work with Beverly Main Streets and the city to broaden the scope of the college's contributions beyond the campus, to make transformational change in the physical, social and economic climate, and create a sense of place in our downtown. Our work to conceive, implement and foster a thriving cultural district will have a lasting impact on future generations who will live, study, work and visit Beverly."

The NEA received 317 applications for Our Town, with only 80 grants emerging for a success rate of 25 percent. Competition was strong, a testament to the artistic excellence and merit of the Montserrat College of Art collaborative project.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Our Town grant support, please visit the NEA web site at

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