Arlington County, Virginia
The NEA grant will support master planning, design, and public art for Nauck Town Square. Landscape architect, public artist, and National Design Award-winner Walter Hood will be commissioned to lead community engagement activities that will inform a design for the square and the integration of a work of temporary public art at the site. The square will serve as a new civic center for the 5,738 residents of Arlington's Nauck-Green Valley neighborhood, which has seen a dramatic decline in its African American population in the past two decades. Revitalization of the square will build on recent planning efforts focusing on preserving the historic and demographic character of the community. The project will be led by Arlington Economic Development--Arlington Public Art and the Arlington Community Foundation in partnership with many community organizations.