The Greater Freeport Partnership is pleased to announce the award from the Freeport Community Foundation for its Downtown Freeport window display, #Freeport Reflections.
#FreeportReflections is a program to enliven vacant storefronts in downtown Freeport with art installations. In Spring 2020, a select number of vacant downtown storefronts will be transformed into works of art in an effort to enhance the appearance of downtown, showcase regional artistic talent, display leasing information in a clear consistent manner and get ground floor spaces leased.
The majority of the $5,796 grant award will be used for artists’ honorarium. Less than $1,000 will be used for equipment, signage and promotional materials.
“Art is a powerful tool that is often utilized by communities to facilitate community engagement, beautification and economic development. #FreeportReflections strives to promote all three. I have studied many models of storefront activation programs from various communities across the nation. #FreeportReflections is adopting aspects of other programs while also capitalizing on some things that are uniquely Freeport,” said Development Director Andrea Winter.
This award was one of 15 grants totaling $89,097.15 to 13 area non-profit organizations that provide a variety of programs and services benefiting Northwestern Illinois from the Freeport Community Foundation. These grants were presented at a Grant and Donor Reception on October 24, 2019 at the Eagles Club. Grants were awarded from the Community Needs/Marvin Unrestricted Fund and the Craig Wilson Trust.
About the Author
- Nicole Haas is the Brand Director for the Greater Freeport Partnership. She is charged with directing the Partnership’s brand to attract visitors, employees and residents to Stephenson County. She also manages the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center facility on US Route 20 to maximize its potential to draw visitors into the County.