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Neighborhood running beautification crowdfunding campaign

May 8, 2019
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Creston After Dark crowdfunding page web screenshot
Photo via patronicity.com

A Grand Rapids neighborhood has launched a crowdfunding campaign.

The Creston neighborhood of Grand Rapids is running a campaign that will create public murals and green space, meant to activate the area’s central business district, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation said.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $25,655 by June 10, the project will win a matching grant with funds from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Public Spaces Community Places program, a collaboration with the Michigan Municipal League and crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

The art gallery Lions and Rabbits, located in the neighborhood at 1264 Plainfield Ave. NE, and local nonprofit Experience Live Art will lead the beautification project, as well as host a street party kickoff at 4 p.m., July 13, at the intersection of Leonard Street and Plainfield Avenue.

“We’ll be able to create several safe and inclusive spaces, reward our community with a fun evening out, support the economic growth of an array of artists and local businesses within our district, and raise money for a trash maintenance program,” said Hannah Berry, creative director of Lions and Rabbits.

“Providing appealing public spaces is key to great placemaking,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and executive director of the Michigan Municipal League. “This mural project will accomplish that with the added benefit of employing local artists familiar with the community.”

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