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Beaver Dam, KY

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Public art installations

Description: As part of a wider efforts to revitalize Beaver Dam's downtown, this project created public art out of old wooden doors. Each artwork pays tribute to the city's history and culture. Volunteers mounted the colorful doors on buildings throughout the central business district.

Kailua, HI

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Public art installations

Description: Hearing and recording the stories of elders is an important part of Hawaiian culture. Students and staff from the Kailua Intermediate School honored this heritage by painting a large mural facing Kailua District Park. The project launched with a Huaka'i (field experience), during which people of all ages visited historically significant sites in the community. Learning about local cultural practices and values, students heard mo'olelo (stories) from kupuna (elders) They then shared the stories with their peers, who joined in to design and paint the mural.

Holdrege, NE

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Public art installations

Description: This project will transform a downtown site once occupied by a derelict building into an accessible sculpture garden. Designed to host community events, the garden will feature trees, a mural, lighting, tables and seating.

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Crossville, TN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: This project transformed an Obed River Park shelter into an outdoor classroom. Among other uses, Cumberland County Soil Conservation District held classes there on plant and pollinator identification and monarch butterfly gardening.

Athens, TN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2019

Project Category: Lifelong housing and accessibility

Description: Habitat for Humanity of McMinn hoped to provide housing and other resources to a local family of older adults living in substandard conditions. Like other Habitat chapters across the U.S., the organization builds homes for people in need of housing. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization completed the frame for a new home, reconvening to complete it once shut-down orders lifted. Habitat also provided training on the need for safe housing options, especially as homeowners choose to downsize as they age.

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