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Creating affordable space for artists

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The Curley School of Ajo, Ariz., the $50K Grand Prize winner, has been instrumental in empowering the local community, encouraging economic development and providing professional support to artists; local children have been actively involved in the organization's programs and events, including this parade at the school.
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The Curley School of Ajo, Ariz., the $50K Grand Prize winner, has been instrumental in empowering the local community, encouraging economic development and providing professional support to artists; local children have been actively involved in the organization's programs and events, including this parade at the school.
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The Department of Urban Studies and Planning, in partnership with Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), has launched a new program of research, awards and learning to foster the creation of accessible artist space in communities across the United States.

Funded through a collaboration between the MetLife Foundation and the Ford Foundation, the Space for Change program seeks to identify projects that provide affordable space for artists and that contribute to community revitalization and sustainability through artist programming and active engagement.

Last fall, to promote and reward best practices in the development of artist spaces that yield benefits for both artists and their communities, the Space for Change program initiated the MetLife Innovative Space Awards, a competitive national funding program with unrestricted awards ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, accompanied by value-added support such as technical assistance and other learning activities.

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