A couple months ago, we covered their Westend Poetry Opera event and expressed wanting to see the group take things to the next level. Well today, it was announced that the conglomerate of artist that is Roots and Wings have received a $280,000 grant from Artplace America! They were 1 of 38 out of a pool of 1,300 applicants! Artplace America is a ten-year collaboration among a number of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions that works to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.
According to artplaceamerica.org
In Louisville, KY, the Mayor’s Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods is investing in projects to reduce violence and increase educational attainment among young African Americans. The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage will support a collective of Louisville-based artists to lead immersive public workshops blending traditional West African and Appalachian arts with contemporary urban performance techniques. These workshops will decrease youth violence as a result of this increase in youth participation in community development efforts alongside municipal investments and strategies.
Congratulations to the Roots and Wings group for being selected to receive this grant! They are very deserving as they have already been in the community doing great things. This funding will only make putting together workshops/events smoother, more effective, and allow the team to really get after the overall goal. That goal is a reduction in violence and a surge in education and most importantly hope in our communities. I cant wait to see what great things this Louisville based group puts together. Way to go Roots and Wings! There is just something about this melanin.
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