By Associated Press - Sunday, July 19, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - ArtPlace America has awarded the city of Providence $300,000 to integrate the arts into community planning.

Providence is one of 38 recipients of ArtPlace America’s 2015 National Grants Program.

ArtPlace selected Providence from a pool of nearly 1,300 applicants.

The city’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism is partnering with the Rhode Island Local Initiatives Support Corporation to use the funds to improve Grace Church Cemetery and build programs at the Southside Cultural Center.

Mayor Jorge Elorza says this is great news for the community. He says arts and culture have transformed the city.

ArtPlace Executive Director Jamie Bennett says investing in and supporting the arts has a profound impact on the social, physical, and economic futures of communities.

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