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HAZARD—Pathfinders of Perry County and the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, working closely with InVision Hazard, the City of Hazard, and the Perry County Fiscal Court, as well as other groups and agencies, have received funding from ArtPlace America to create a River Arts Greenway. This project is among 55 chosen nationwide from among 1,270 applications.

The $50,000 River Arts Greenway project will establish an outdoor civic space in downtown Hazard that is an arts-focused civic gathering place as well as a place to try new ideas and models to encourage and support economic growth, health, and wellness, and multi-generational, across-the-curriculum learning.

“We are delighted to share this exciting news with our community,” Pathfinder Chair Jenny Williams said. “While we know first-hand that deploying the arts can transform communities, having our work recognized by a generous grant from ArtPlace further supports and validates our efforts.”

“The funds from our ArtPlace America grant will provide engineering specifications for the downtown Greenway and allow us to start building the first phase, from the Peace Garden to the Parking Structure,” Williams added.

ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) advances the field of creative placemaking, in which art and culture plays an explicit and central role in shaping communities’ social, physical, and economic futures. To date, ArtPlace has awarded $56.8 million through 189 grants to projects serving 122 communities across 42 states and the District of Columbia.

“Investing in and supporting the arts have a profound impact on the social, physical, and economic futures of communities,” Lori Meadows, Kentucky Arts Council, said. “Projects like these demonstrate how imaginative and committed people are when it comes to enhancing their communities with creative interventions and thoughtful practices.”

Pathfinders is a non-profit citizen action group that promotes community well-being, engagement, outdoor recreation, and education in Perry County. If you would like more information, please visit www.pathperryky.org.

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