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Peoria, IL

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Public art installations

Description: Organizers with Phoenix Community Development Services know supportive housing facilities for unhoused Peoria residents are often drab. To address this, the nonprofit -- which develops transitional apartment complexes -- created a three-story mural in an alley between an existing building and an upcoming facility. Apartment residents provided input on the mural's design and helped install the artwork, which is visible from one of downtown Peoria's major thoroughfares.

Prowers County, CO

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Public art installations

Description: This project will install a solar-powered shade structure at a new senior center which will showcase art installations for visitors to enjoy.

Waianae, HI

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2020

Project Category: Public art installations

Description: Nonprofit organization Making Dreams Come True Valley of Rainbows beautified 24 traffic utility boxes along a stretch of Farrington Highway, decorating them with colorful mini-murals. Local artists chose themes for the boxes representing the beauty and culture of Hawaii's Waianae Coast, with imagery including ocean waves, sea creatures, and culturally relevant messages, such as Malama 'aime, which reminds Hawaiians to respect and care for the land. Project organizers said the utility boxes had been the target of vandalism in the past but hope the new artwork will foster community pride. When you drive down Farrington Highway, you don't notice anything but maybe the houses and the beaches, artist Chris Koanui told HawaiiNewsNow. But there's so much more, cause these valleys are deep and rich.

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Tulsa, OK

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2020

Project Category: Addressing community health

Description: Indian Nations Council of Governments partnered with a local bikeshare organization -- This Machine Tulsa Bikes -- to deliver food to homebound residents living in a food desert. Project organizers deployed flyers and postcards to spread word about the program. The grocery delivery boxes included fresh produce, meat, bread, eggs and other staples, with a focus on high-nutrition, low-sodium items. Project organizers hoped the pilot project would improve food access and strengthen community partnerships. Project organizers report recipients enjoyed seeing their groceries arrive by bike. They also say the project helped inform local grocery stores about the ways they can help residents access food, such as allowing people to order food by phone and stock curated boxes of groceries.

Okmulgee, OK

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2023

Project Category: Community Gardens

Description: This project will use vacant land adjacent to senior housing to create a community garden with a minimum of 20 raised vegetable beds and four accessible benches.

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