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Coventry P.E.A.C.E. selected for NEA placemaking workshop

Celeste Cosentino, executive artistic director of Ensemble Theatre, and Carol Roe, mayor of Cleveland Heights, will attend a creative place-making workshop in Washington, D.C. in July for the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus project.

Cosentino had spearheaded the effort to apply for a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant last year, and she was invited to apply to attend the inaugural Local Leaders’ Initiative on Creative Placemaking, an intensive workshop designed to help participants implement successful creative placemaking projects that strengthen their local communities, sponsored by NEA and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).

The Coventry P.E.A.C.E. project was one of six projects selected to participate from among 148 applicants. Six teams comprised of a local arts leader (Cosentino) and a local government official (Roe), representing projects from around the country, will receive tailored advice from experienced creative placemaking experts on a range of topics including partnership with artists, community engagement, project management, project finance and sustaining creative placemaking work.

Using knowledge gleaned from the workshop, Ensemble plans to apply for a 2020 Our Town grant in August. This initiative is a part of the efforts of Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus to renovate its building to enable more efficient operations to better serve the community. As a community development corporation and member of Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Campus, FutureHeights is working with its five nonprofit partners on the Coventry P.E.A.C.E. initiative.

Learn more on May 31 at The Art of Community event.

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