The Art Deco Wallace Building, built in 1928, is one of the historic buildings on Little Rock's Main Street.

The Arkansas Arts Council announced July 12 that The City of Little Rock has been chosen to receive an Our Town grant of $150,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the design phase of a comprehensive revitalization of historic buildings and the creation of a cultural corridor on Main Street in downtown Little Rock.

The inaugural round of Our Town funding totals $6.575 million in grants to 51 communities in 34 states that have created public-private partnerships to strengthen the arts while shaping the social, physical, and economic characters of their neighborhoods, towns, cities, and regions.

According to the NEA, the grant "will support the design phase of a comprehensive revitalization of historic buildings and the creation of a cultural corridor on Main Street in downtown Little Rock. Streetscape and conceptual architectural plans will be developed for mixed-use buildings on Main Street that will host space for not-for-profit artist organizations and offer affordable housing for artists."

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