Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) is one of six organizations participating in the Community Development Investments (CDI) program. For more information about the program itself, click here.
Over the course of three years, CIHA will receive $3 million to incorporate arts and cultural strategies into its core work by exploring new techniques for developing neighborhood revitalization work that brings arts and culture to the table at the planning stages. The ArtPlace America grant along with their ongoing support and partnership will allow CIHA to explore new and innovative ways of building community.
What have we been up to lately?
CIHA has been working with local artists and partners on a variety of activities centered at the Church of Love (3502 Spenard Road) as we test its capacity to function as a cultural hub/community center. We've hosted community meetings about food and culture and about neighborhood engagement. We've also partnered with artists and playwrights to support plays about homelessness and suicide prevention and hosted a photovoice exhibit about Spenard.
CIHA has presented 3 "calls for artists" for three specific projects: (1)bike racks for Spenard, (2)outdoor portable, securable seating and (3)a plaza design for our newest development at 3600 Spenard. Stay tuned to see the results of these exciting partnerships. We are learning a lot about process and capacity for successfully integrating arts and culture into our work.
What's coming up in the future?
More activities at the Church and opportunities for the community to share their Spenard stories with us. You can find more detailed information about some of work at the Church of Love on our new website or on our FaceBook page @churchoflovespenard .
Other info here: ArtPlace Blog
To view the full list of organizations participating in the Community Development Investments program, please visit www.artplaceamerica.org.