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Seymour, IN

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: This project created a gathering space outside of Anchor House's food pantry and emergency shelter. People visiting the food pantry often face long waits outdoors. To give people shade and protect them from rain, volunteers constructed an extended awning. they also painted a mural on the side of its building to beautify the space. The improvements also gives supportive service providers a space to interact with potential clients.

Green River, UT

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: As Epicenter worked to complete its Canal Commons affordable housing development, organizers set out to create an accessible greenspace for future residents. Located in the desert city of Green River, the pocket neighborhood lacks access to walking trails, sidewalks and parks. To address this, Epicenter installed concrete walkways. To allow residents to gather outdoors at night -- and avoid the hot, desert sun -- organizers installed LED lighting along the path. Wayfinding signage helps residents navigate the path, as well as the larger neighborhood. The space also features a picnic table, ADA-compliant benches and raised garden beds. Epicenter prioritized universal design elements for the greenspace to ensure people can age in place at Canal Commons.

Baltimore, MD

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: This project helped activate an alleyway by creating an Outdoor Community Library and installed an artistic metal gate to secure it. The Urban Oasis uses the space to host story times with older adults reading to local students.

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Schenectady, NY

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: This project enlivened an empty lot downtown with murals, ADA-compliant benches, lighting and tables featuring game boards.

Bethlehem, NY

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2017

Project Category: Trails

Description: As part of its efforts to bring public art to the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy created a mural along the trail in the Town of Bethlehem. Project organizers chose a local artist from a pool of applicants to paint the mural, which depicts a surreal landscape and adorns a formerly graffitied wall. Since then, the Art on the Rail Trail (ART) initiative has installed several more murals, as well as a mini art gallery and arts programming. The trail is popular with pedestrians and cyclists in warm weather and cross-county skiers and snowshoe hikers in the winter.

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