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The Pettaway Neighborhood Association has installed two (2) neighborhood entry signs in Pettaway. The signs are located on East 21st Street between Main and Scott Streets and on East 17th Street between Vance and McAlmont Streets. The signs were partially funded by the City of Little Rock, Love Your Block: Neighborhood Challenge Grant the Pettaway N.A. received earlier this summer.
The sign was made by Banner Sign and Barricade, 1801 East 17th Street, Little Rock 72202.
Come discover the Pettaway community as Rockefeller Elementary 4th and 5th Graders interview Pettaway Community Historians (former and current residents) about growing up and living in this special Little Rock neighborhood. Pettaway Community Historians include: Carl Vault, Maggie Hawkins, Joan Adcock, Steve Bulloch, Faye Russ, Don Molden and Carol Tabron.
The Pettaway Neighborhood Association was among a number of community groups and organizations who received a $1000.00 Love Your Block City of Little Rock Neighborhood Challenge Grant. Pettaway N.A. was awarded the grant in June 2012 to create a community inspired mural depicting the love, light and life of the Pettaway Neighborhood on the wall of the I-30 overpass at East 17th Street. The children at Rockefeller Elementary School under the tutelage of Sharon Boyd-Struthers will design the mural and their parents and the adults residing in the community will paint it.
The Pettaway Community Oral History Interviews mark the first step in the mural design process. The children must understand the community in which they attend school and where many reside in order to conceptualize a design that depicts the light, life and love of this neighborhood.
To learn more about the Pettaway N.A. peruse our blog. For questions about this event call Kwadjo Boaitey at 501.786.4255 or Principal Janice Wilson or Sharon Boyd-Struthers at 501.447.6200. Visit Rockefeller Elementary on Facebook here. For a flyer of this event click here.
This very special event is FREE and open to the general public.
LOVE YOUR BLOCK MURAL CONTEST
TO ENTER: Submit a mural design that depicts the history, love and light of the Pettaway community. Mural design must also incorporate ceramic tiles/pieces (4″x4″ or smaller) designed and painted by the students at Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood Magnet School as well as the children and youth who reside in the Pettaway community.
PRIZE: The winning muralist will have the opportunity to create and develop a public art piece on the northeast wall of the I-30 overpass on East 17th and McAlmont Streets. The public art piece located only 30 yards from Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood Magnet School campus will serve as a gateway to the community welcoming visitors and residents to the Pettaway neighborhood.
DEADLINE: Submit Love Your Block Mural Contest application and mural design to the Pettaway Neighborhood Association no later than 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2012.
Download the Love Your Block Mural Contest application online application (here). Mail or walk your application and design to the Pettaway Neighborhood Association, 500 East 21st Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72206.
For more information call Kwadjo Boaitey, Pettaway N.A. Secretary at 501.786.4255, Carol Tabron, Pettaway N.A. President at 501.554.5954, Maggie Hawkins, 501.376.3406.
The Pettaway neighborhood received a $1000 award to create a community inspired mural depicting the history, love and light of the Pettaway neighborhood to be painted on the northeast wall of the I-30 overpass at East 17th and McAlmont Streets (in downtown Little Rock).
(For a flyer click here)
The mural will incorporate ceramic tiles/pieces designed by children enrolled at Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood Magnet School. Also designing ceramic tiles/pieces will be children 9ages 1 day to 18 years) residing in the Pettaway community. The mural will be completed November 30, 2012.
The Pettaway N.A. will hold a city wide contest to identify a muralist. Applications can be found on our blog or at the East Broadway Alert Center (500 East 21st Street). Deadline to submit application/mural design is September 4, 2012.
Children who reside in the Pettaway Community or who attend Rockefeller Elementary will have the opportunity to design a ceramic tile/piece that the identified muralist will incorporate in his/her mural design for the Pettaway Community. Children/Youth will be design their pieces during the month of September. Please check our blog for updates.
To learn more about this project and the Pettaway community come to the Annual Silver Senior Pettaway Community Festival, Saturday, August 25, 2012 at Pettaway Park and/or call Kwadjo Boaitey at 501.786.4255, Carol Tabron 501.554.5954, Maggie Hawkins 501.376.3406.
City of Little Rock awards Pettaway $1000.00 Love Your Block – Neighborhood Challenge Grant to install a public art piece at the I-30 Overpass and East 17th Street
Pettaway Neighborhood Association
500 East 21st Street | Little Rock | Arkansas 72206
501.376.3406 | http://www.pettawayneighborhoodassociation.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2012
Carol Tabron, President Pettaway N.A.
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Kwadjo Boaitey, Secretary, Pettaway N.A.
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Maggie Hawkins, Facilitator, East Broadway Alert Center
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City of Little Rock awards Pettaway a $1000.00 Love Your Block – Neighborhood Challenge Grant to install a public art piece at the I-30 Overpass and East 17th Street
Little Rock, AR – Downtown Little Rock’s Pettaway community was awarded a $1000 Love Your Block Challenge Grant to place a community inspired mural on the wall of the I-30 overpass at East 17th Street, located a few yards from Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood Magnet School.
The Pettaway Neighborhood Association will hold a city wide contest to identify the muralist who will design a mural depicting the history, love and light of the Pettaway community. The mural will incorporate ceramic pieces designed by children of the Pettaway community ages 1 day to 18 years old. Also designing ceramic pieces for the mural will be children enrolled at Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood Magnet School.
“I’ve hoped for 18 years for something like this to take place in our community,” says Sharon Boyd-Struthers, Artist and Teacher at Rockefeller Elementary. Ms. Boyd-Struthers will serve as a technical advisor for this community project.
Carol Tabron, Pettaway N.A. President says, “This project is special because it’s about our future and highlights the next generation, -our children.”
The project is slated for completion by November 30, 2012 and will foster a sense of community pride, beautify the block, inspire the children and their families to learn more about Pettaway as well as bring visitors to and through the community to see this great community inspired public art piece.
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City of Little Rock “LOVE YOUR BLOCK” Neighborhood Grant deadline has been extended to June 15, 2012 (see below).
The Pettaway Neighborhood Association would like to apply for one of the five competitive neighborhood grants ($1000) that will be granted for Ward 1.
Residents are asked to come to Thursday’s (May 17, 2012) Pettaway Neighborhood Association Monthly Meeting to share their grant proposal ideas for the community. The Pettaway Neighborhood Association has a monthly meeting the third Thursday of every month for Pettaway residents. The meeting is open to the general public.
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City of Little Rock
Public Relations Manager
City of Little Rock Extends Due Date-Completion Date for Love Your Block Grants
(Little Rock – May 10, 2012)
Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore today announced two new dates of importance to Little Rock Neighborhood-Based Organizations (NBOs) regarding Love Your Block grants. “WE’VE DECIDED TO EXTEND THE GRANT SUBMISSION DEADLINE TO JUNE 15, 2012 AT 5:00 PM FOR THE LOVE YOUR BLOCK GRANTS,” explained Moore. “WE’VE ALSO EXTENDED THE GRANT COMPLETION DEADLINE TO NOVEMBER 30, 2012 TO GIVE NBOS MORE TIME TO FINISH THEIR PROJECTS. With the added benefit of cooler weather in October and November we believe we will see more volunteers stepping forward to participate in neighborhood beautification efforts and general improvement projects,” stated Moore.
The Love Your Block competitive grant program is designed to help NBOs meet their most pressing challenges through community service and focused City Services. “The purpose of the Love Your Block Grant Program is to promote and increase volunteerism in the city while partnering with city staff to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” said Moore. Thanks to a generous $10,000.00 grant from the Home Depot Foundation, $19,000.00 in City of Little Rock funds and a combined $6,000.00 from the Central Arkansas Planning and Development District, the City anticipates awarding thirty-five (35) $1,000 grants (Five (5) $1,000 grants in each Ward). Any NBO registered with the City is eligible to apply.
THE OBJECTIVE OF THE LOVE YOUR BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM IS TO ENCOURAGE PROJECTS THAT PROMOTE VOLUNTEERISM, FOSTER CIVIC PRIDE, ENHANCE AND BEAUTIFY NEIGHBORHOODS, OR ENCOURAGE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE WAY RESIDENTS CONNECT AND SOLVE PROBLEMS. With this launch, the City of Little Rock joins 10 cities nationwide in implementing the Cities of Service Love Your Block blueprint, which helps revitalize neighborhoods one block at a time.
Grant applications are available to download on the City website (www.littlerock.org) or may be requested to be mailed or emailed by calling the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Programs at 501-371-6825. Neighborhood-Based Organizations must register with the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Programs to be eligible for the Love Your Block grants.
PETTAWAY RESIDENT IDEAS DUE: Monday, May 14, 2012
GRANT SUBMISSION DUE: Friday, May 25, 2012
COMPETITIVE GRANT AWARD: $1000
Note: PETTAWAY RESIDENTS SUBMIT IDEAS TO MAGGIE HAWKINS, Facilitator, 500 East 21st. Street (East Broadway Alert Center – (501.376.3406) firstname.lastname@example.org or KWADJO BOAITEY, Pettaway Neighborhood Association Secretary, email@example.com (NO LATER THAN MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012)
Message from the Mayor
Love Your Block
I’m happy to announce a competitive grant program called Love Your Block that is designed to help Neighborhood-Based Organizations (NBOs) meet their most pressing challenges through community service and focused City Services. The purpose of the Program is to promote and increase volunteerism in the city while partnering with city staff to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.
Thanks to a generous $10,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation, $19,000 in City of Little Rock funds and a combined $6,000 from Central Arkansas Planning and Development District as recommended by state Representatives John Edwards and John Walker, the City anticipates awarding thirty-five (35) $1,000 grants (Five (5) $1,000 grants in each Ward). Any neighborhood-based organization (NBO) registered with the City is eligible to apply. The objective of the Neighborhood Challenge-Love Your Block Grant Program is to encourage projects that promote volunteerism, foster civic pride, enhance and beautify neighborhoods, or encourage improvements in the way residents connect and solve problems. With this launch, the City of Little Rock joins 10 cities nationwide in implementing the Cities of Service Love Your Block blueprint, which helps revitalize neighborhoods one block at a time.
Yesterday, we announced the launch of the grant program at a news conference held at Woodruff Community Garden located at 7th and Brown streets. Neighborhood Based Organizations (NBO’s) are invited to apply for the grants by registering with the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Programs (call Andre Bernard at 371-4855) and completing a grant application. Grant applications are available at the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Programs. All grants are due by 5:00pm on May 25, 2012.
The Love Your Block grants must meet the following requirements to be considered for funding:
- Organizations must be registered with the City of Little Rock Department of Housing and Neighborhood Programs;
- Proposers must operate as a not-for-a-profit organization in nature and their Projects will not exclude the general public from use, if applicable;
- Proposals must demonstrate lasting and/or a direct benefit to the neighborhood;
- If awarded, organizations must maintain records reflecting program expenditures, number of volunteers taking part in the Project and in-kind contributions. These records are to be made available to the City in the Final Report;
- Grant recipients will hold the City harmless of all claims of every kind and character that may arise out of, or are in any way connected to, the project;
- Grant recipients are considered independent contractors and not as agents of the City; and
- Proposed projects must be within the established, recognized and registered boundaries of the organization submitting the Proposal. (Requests for an exception to this requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis).
To be selected, successful grant proposals must have a detailed and realistic Project Plan for engaging residents to carry out a physical transformation of the public spaces on their block. Specifically, each NBO must:
- Operate on a not-for-a-profit basis. For purpose of this Neighborhood Challenge-Love Your Block Grant Program, an organization operating on a not-for-a-profit basis is defined as a corporation, group, or association that exists for charitable and/or public purposes without a profit motive or shareholders;
- Demonstrate the ability to mobilize a minimum of 20 neighborhood volunteers to take part in the revitalization of their block;
- Include one of more block beautification event(s) in its/their action plan to occur between June 15 and September 30, 2012;
- Send two main contact representatives to a grant orientation workshop where they will meet with staff from the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Programs, Little Rock Serves and select City agencies;
- Include before and after digital photos of improvements;
- Please respond to all questions found in the grant application, following the same order as the application. All applications must be dated and titled “2012 Neighborhood Challenge-Love Your Block Grant Program”.
Also consider submitting projects that can receive priority consideration:
- blocks within a 500 foot radius of an elementary, middle or high school (this should be noted in the grant application);
- projects that address one or more vacant lots; and,
- projects that benefit a business district.
Love Your Block Basics
Little Rock was chosen as one of twenty cities nationwide as a Cities of Service Leadership City in 2010 by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Rockefeller Foundation. The idea behind Cities of Service is to address pressing community needs with targeted and focused citizen service. This approach is designed to help cities identify and implement high-impact service strategies that address pressing local challenges in education and youth, health, neighborhood revitalization, environmental sustainability, and other areas.
These strategies are developed with the help of experts and turned into actionable “blueprints” that are being implemented in cities across the country with the help of local and national funders such as The Home Depot Foundation and others.
Love Your Block is a tested, high- impact service strategy in which the City engages community members in revitalizing their neighborhoods one block at a time.
There are four basic components to Love Your Block:
1. Cities raise money to provide small grants to community groups for supplies and coordinates with city agencies to identify a menu of targeted city services that can supplement volunteer efforts at the neighborhood level.
2. Cities publicize a grants competition soliciting proposals from community groups. Proposals must include a description of the challenges on the block and a preliminary work plan and basic budget that articulates how the grant would be used to address those challenges with volunteers.
3. Cities award grants to community groups and coordinate city services as requested by the grantees to support the local volunteer effort.
4. Cities will also track and report impact metrics for each project. Required metrics include:
a. Number of blocks (or other geographic unit, i.e., lots or neighborhoods) revitalized, AND at least two of the following:
i. Square feet of graffiti removed;
ii. Pounds of litter collected;
iii. Number of trees planted; and
iv. Number of green spaces or community gardens created.
So, get together with your neighbors and come up with a plan to revitalize a block by:
improving a park or a vacant lot; create a community garden; provide for streetscape improvements including planting trees or flowers; build a footbridge across a park pond; upgrade playground equipment; landscape a neighborhood park or common area; replace roofs on community buildings and storage facilities; build sprinkler systems for parks and flower beds; create entry signs into neighborhoods; create and install public art such as a mosaic murals; install house numbers; purchase tools, mowers, weed eaters and landscaping equipment to set up a tool-loan inventory; build storage sheds for neighborhood equipment; publish and distribute newsletters, flyers, brochures, etc.; purchase equipment for crime watch programs; launch litter control activities and equipment; purchase park benches and grills. Remember: All grant applications must be in the hands of the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Programs by 5:00 PM May 25, 2012.
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