The Foundation for Roanoke Valley announced this week that this year’s recipient of its $40,000 Arts at Work grant is the City of Roanoke. The money will help fund the 2014 “Parks and Arts” program.
The Roanoke Arts Commission started that program this year in collaboration with Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. Parks and Arts assembles performance and visual arts programming for weekend events held in neighborhood parks throughout the city. In the announcement, the foundation praised both the number of artists the program provides venues for and the underserved neighborhoods the program reaches.
“The grant from Foundation for Roanoke Valley will allow the Roanoke Arts Commission to build on the first year’s success in strengthening our neighborhoods, rejuvenating our parks and developing new audiences for our artists and arts organizations,” city Arts and Culture Coordinator Susan Jennings said in a statement.
The Arts at Work grants are meant to offer a total of $120,000 over a three-year period, through one $40,000 grant per year, to fund programs that create public artwork, produce communitywide events or performances, or bring major arts and cultural exhibits to the region.