Amplifier Inc. / Flint Public Art Project to Receive National Endowment for the Arts Grant

May 11, 2015

Amplifier Inc./ Flint Public Art Project to Receive National Endowment for the Arts Grant
Award is among 1,023 Made Nationally

Flint, MI — Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment 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 $20,000 award to Amplifier Inc./ Flint Public Art Project for its Design Actions in Public Space. 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 Amplifier Inc. represents an investment in both local communities and our nation’s creative vitality.”

“After five years of work, from a speculative proposal in 2010 to self-funded pilot projects in 2011 to a major grant from ArtPlace in 2012, we are thrilled to receive support from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2015,” said Executive Director Stephen Zacks. “The NEA’s role in supporting innovative cultural work in this country cannot be overstated.”

Design Actions in Public Space is a series of exhibitions, events, site-specific installations, and urban interventions in Flint, Michigan. The three main components of the project are Designer-in-Residence (to help with community projects); Planning Action (to produce pop-up projects and develop Green Innovation pilot projects); and Re-Use a Lot (to reclaim vacant lots for public use). Drawing on innovative practices in participatory community development as well as the organization’s longstanding partnerships with local stakeholders and government agencies, Design Actions in Public Space provides designers with a platform to develop work that addresses tangible problems in the urban environment.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to