The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program in partnership with Friendly House and the Arizona State University School of Film, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts will receive a $100,000 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant.

The grants are awarded annually to fund innovative efforts to stimulate local economies and bolster community identity through the arts. NEA Chair Jane Chu announced that Phoenix is one of 66 communities in 38 states and the District of Columbia to be awarded $5.073 million in the Our Town program’s fourth year of funding.

The Phoenix Public Art Program and grant partners will use the $100,000 to create Story Days, a two-year series of story-based arts programs and events that explore the connections Phoenix residents have to their communities.The project brings diverse communities together with writers and performers to highlight the forces that shape the meaning of place in Phoenix and its neighborhoods.

The grant will enable the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and the ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre to select writers and performers to work directly with the Harmon Park, Matthew Henson and South Mountain communities, creating stories, poems and performances about community history and identity. The artists and community members involved in the project will present readings, performances and events at venues, such as Friendly House and other sites throughout the city.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Our Town grant support, visit the NEA website at

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