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Dixon, NM

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2020

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: To draw visitors to a park on the grounds of Dixon's local library, the Embudo Valley Library and Community Center installed picnic tables and benches at the site. In 2019, the library distributed a survey and hosted focus groups with residents to determine the community's needs, with seating emerging as a top priority. The community center commissioned local artists and craftspeople to create the tables and benches, which are ADA-compliant. One of the tables is located in the library's fruit orchard, near a traditional irrigation ditch known as an acequia. Project organizers say they chose the location to honor the community's cultural heritage. In the future, Center staff envision putting the benches and tables to use during local events, including the annual Fiesta de Santa Rosa.

Wilmington, DE

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: 1225 D Street was an abandoned lot overrun with weeds, errant trees and debris. Y Innovations planned to create a green space and community garden there, but first the area had to be cleared. Organizers began by removing garbage that had been dumped in the spot, as well as dead tree limbs, many feet of dilapidated fencing and three vacant sheds. The organization then added new fencing, making the space ready for the next phase of the project.

Unionville, MO

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: This project will upgrade an outdoor space at a senior center with patio dining sets and improved lighting. The center is located on a public square that is the site of a weekly farmers market and other community events.

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Farmington, NM

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Public art installations

Description: The Art in the Alley project will cover the exterior walls of several downtown businesses with murals and historic images, creating a pedestrian walkway.

Aztec, NM

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Community Gardens

Description: This project will create a flower and vegetable garden with raised planting beds. Located at a restored historic building, the space will also include seating for community events.


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