Award is among 1,023 made nationally

Media Contact: Liz Faris, Communications Manager, (619) 527-6161 ext. 376, lfaris@jacobscenter.org

May 6, 2015 – SAN DIEGO – Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the NationalEndowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.

In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the NEA will make a $30,000 award to the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation to support its Chollas Creek Gateways project. The grant will allow the Jacobs Center to work with artists and design teams to develop design concepts for artistic gateways as a complement to the Chollas Creek Restoration Project. The NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide in this funding round.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States. Funding these new projects like the one from the Jacobs Center represents an investment in both local communities and our nations creative vitality.”

Projects like the Chollas Creek Gateways help enhance the natural beauty of southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods and provide residents and visitors with attractive places to gather and enjoy the outdoors. We are grateful for the support we have received from the National Endowment for the Arts in the past and for this new opportunity to advance our work to revitalize our community said Jacobs Center President and CEO Reginald Jones.

Over a two-year period, the Jacobs Center will undertake an open competitive process to commission artists/design teams to develop concepts for Chollas Creek Gateways. The project will result in the design of prominent, art interventions announcing a 2.6 acre linear urban park that follows a newly restored section of Chollas Creek. The project supports City of San Diego and community planning efforts to revitalize the creek, which runs through southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods to the San Diego Bay.

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEASpring2015. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov

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The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI) is partnering with resident teams in southeastern San Diego to transform nearly sixty acres into The Village at Market Creek, a LEED-certified neighborhood and vibrant cultural destination. Through a network of nonprofit and for-profit partners, locally-owned businesses and national tenants, a community and conference center, and a portfolio of social enterprise projects, JCNI is creating assets that will become economic engines for the community when the foundation sunsets in 2030. Under the banner of “Resident Ownership of Neighborhood Change,” the people who live and work in the community create the vision, lead the implementation, and own the change in their community. Learn more at www.jacobscenter.org.