Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Jul 16, 2015
Press Release

MACON, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) is proud to share that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded the Macon Arts Alliance an Our Town grant of $134,370. The funds will support the Alliance’s efforts to establish an artist residency program and cultural plan for the Mill Hill neighborhood. The Our Town grant program supports creative projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core.

“I am grateful to NEA for this opportunity extended to the Macon Arts Alliance,” said Congressman Bishop. “Macon-Bibb is filled with many historic neighborhoods and I am confident that this grant will be very beneficial to the beautification of the Mill Hill area.”

“The Macon Arts Alliance demonstrates the best in creative community development and whose work will have a valuable impact on its community,” said Jane Chu, Chairwoman of the NEA. "Through Our Town funding, arts organizations continue to spark vitality that support neighborhoods and public spaces, enhancing a sense of place for residents and visitors alike." 

"The NEA's Our Town awards are some of its most competitive and ambitious. We're excited to have this award to support programming as a catalyst for the Mill Hill: East Macon Arts Village," said Jan Beeland, Executive Director of Macon Arts Alliance. "This is only the beginning of what we believe will be the next great neighborhood revitalization story of Macon."

The Macon Arts Alliance will use the grant to support a two-year artist residency program in Mill Hill, hiring both local artists and nationally recognized, social practice artists to create projects in collaboration with neighborhood residents. The artist residency program will empower artists and neighbors to fight blight, identify and develop existing creative assets, and create a neighborhood cultural plan with a shared vision for the future.

Click here for more information about the National Endowment for the Arts.