Waterfire gets $454K grant for Arts Expansion

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The nonprofit arts organization behind WaterFire in Providence has been awarded a $454,000 grant that will go toward expanding the use of the arts as an urban revitalization tool.

WaterFire founder Barnaby Evans says his group will use the grant from ArtPlace to develop new programs and experiment with the arts in “broad new ways.” It will also be used to promote Providence as a national model of using the arts as an economic engine.

ArtPlace announced 47 award recipients Tuesday. ArtPlace is a collaboration of foundations, federal agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts and several banks.

The Providence nonprofit Community MusicWorks, which promotes music among students in urban neighborhoods, also got a grant for $100,000.

There were nearly 2,200 applicants.

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