Creative Alliance wins $400,000 grant from National Endowment for the Humanities
No small feat for a community-grown and community-focused organization, the Creative Alliance was recently awarded a $400,000 “Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Creative Alliance joins larger local institutions such as the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art which have previously received this grant. Other regional arts institutions including the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Folger Shakespeare Library also received infrastructure grants ($636,443 and $500,000 respectively) this year.
Creative Alliance’s $400K will go towards its campaign goal of $5.6 million for the construction of the Creativity Center, which will be located right across the street from the Patterson theater location. The Creativity Center, set to open in the fall of 2021, “will offer state-of-the-art classrooms, a professional-quality dance studio floor, and a teaching kitchen. The Center’s accessible facilities will support life-long learning through workshops, classes, dances, performances, social gatherings, community dinners, and events that showcase and share the rich cultural traditions of our multi-racial, multi-ethnic community and city.” At the Creativity Center, students of all ages will be able to pick from an array of art workshops including drawing, painting, pottery, jewelry, and more as well as bilingual classes for traditional arts reflective of the neighborhood’s populous immigrant community, including quilting, piñata making, cornhusk flower making, batik, embroidery, screen painting, weaving and more.
“Many of the local businesses, cultural groups, and social clubs that once knit the social fabric of Southeast’s communities are gone,” said Gina Caruso, Creative Alliance Executive Director, in a press release. “The Creativity Center will promote cross-cultural education and engagement among all residents. Bridging differences is one of the great powers of the arts, and an important aspect of Creative Alliance’s mission.”