The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling — a key component of a low-income housing project undertaken by Broadway Housing Communities, the affordable housing non-profit founded by Ellen Baxter ’75 — has been awarded an ArtPlace Grant of $350,000 to design exhibits for the future museum.
“It is an honor to receive this support and acknowledgment from ArtPlace because it will enable the Children’s Museum to capture stories of, and from the neighborhood,” says Baxter. “It’s an innovative public-private investment in creative community space where artistic expression will contribute to the vibrancy of this historic Harlem community.”
The Children’s Museum is part of Baxter’s $80.5 million Sugar Hill project that also comprises 124 apartments and an early childhood education center. Broadway Housing Communities, whose managing director and general counsel is Mary Ann Villari ’75, is a national leader in creating innovative housing solutions for communities in deep poverty.
ArtPlace is a new national collaboration of 11 major national and regional foundations, six of the nation’s largest banks and eight federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S. To date, ArtPlace has raised almost $50 million to work alongside federal and local governments to transform communities through strategic investments in the arts.