At the request of Beautiful Downtown Lewiston (BDL), the City of Lewiston allocated $50,000 in the City’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget for development of a Downtown Master Plan.
Though BDL is administering the project, this plan will be used by the entire community in planning public and private investment in the area. A comprehensive master plan must be built on feedback from a wide range of residents, property owners and business owners to understand what our community wants and will support in downtown Lewiston.
BDL is committed to managing development of the Downtown Master Plan in a transparent, inclusive manner that engages all community members, downtown residents, public agency staff, and downtown property and business owners. This approach is reflective of BDL’s position as a non-profit subject to public access laws and dependent on the public’s trust and goodwill.
Downtown Master Plan News
BDL RECOMMENDED FOR $25,000 NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS GRANT
Arts-based Community Development Investment for Lewiston
BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN LEWISTON ONE OF 60 NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS OUR TOWN PROJECTS SELECTED NATIONWIDE
Lewiston, Idaho— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced 60 awards totaling $4.1 million supporting projects across the nation through the NEA’s Our Town program. Beautiful Downtown Lewiston (BDL) is one of the recommended organizations for a grant of $25,000 to support development of a cultural district plan as a chapter of a downtown master plan.
“The variety and quality of these Our Town projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as Beautiful Downtown Lewiston, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”
“We’re absolutely thrilled,” said Courtney Kramer, BDL Executive Director. “This is a highly competitive national grant, with funding awards going to less than a third of the applicants. It’s a testament to the collaboration between arts and cultural organizations in our community, many of whom provided letters of support for the application.”
The NEA funding will be used to work with artists to lead citizen engagement for creative placemaking as part of the Lewiston Downtown Master Plan that BDL is spearheading. The City of Lewiston provided $50,000 in funding for the master plan and delegated management of the project to BDL, which continues to pursue grant funding to add to the project.