The Newburgh Arts and Cultural Commission [NACC] met on Monday, August 15 to discuss a National Endowment for the Arts [NEA] grant for the anticipated work on several proposed art installations in the City of Newburgh.
The City has applied for a NEA grant to fund an Art Bridge/Arte Puente project, and the listed amount for the grant is $50,000. Project managers for Art Bridge/Arte Puente are Naomi Hersson-Ringskog and Kaja Kuehl who NACC members have been in contact with on the project.
Three installations that are being proposed for the city are a mural on the side of the DMU Building facing the parking lot, another would be a temporary sculpture installation at 136 Broadway, the vacant lot next to the DMV and finally, there would be 10 banners placed along light poles in the city. The location was mentioned to be South St. but would need further clarification.
Over the course of the next hour, the NACC members deliberated and discussed the project and work related to it as well as the acceptance of the grant, which raised more questions than answers.
NACC members felt that they needed more information and clarification on the grant acceptance process and the various other stakeholders involved in the project. With one such property being considered for an art installation in the East End, a review of that property as it is located in the historic district will need to be conducted.
The NACC voted to request an extension of time on the historic property forum and the NACC would also like to request the Art Bridge/Arte Puente to come before them to provide clarification and answer specific questions based on the meeting before making a final decision on the grant and other related project matters. The NACC will be meeting again on September 19.