Our Town

Arts & Science Council Charlotte Mecklenburg

Charlotte, North Carolina

$100,000

2012

To improve the neighborhood livability of the North Tryon Street Corridor of Charlotte, North Carolina, the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg (ASC), in partnership with the City of Charlotte's Engineering and Property Management team and the McColl Center for Visual Art, is using its Our Town grant to commission public artwork as part of planned neighborhood revitalization initiatives, including a "green" streetscape infrastructure project.

The partners will work with a selected artist and residents to integrate the environmentally based artwork into the new streetscape plan, and into an urban farm project by local partners Vision Ventures and Cultivatis. Project activities will include an artist selection process, a three-month residency for an environmental artist to work with local citizens and stakeholders, and the design, fabrication, and installation of public art. Together these projects will position the North Tryon Street Corridor as a model for sustainable initiatives in Charlotte, benefiting the entire center city area as well as the approximately 2,700 residents, 562 businesses, and more than 5,500 employees in the neighborhood.