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More than 100 arts groups wait to see if Phoenix council awarded them grants

More than 100 arts groups wait to see if Phoenix council awarded them grants

More than 100 arts groups wait to see if Phoenix council awarded them grants

More than a hundred groups will find out Wednesday if they will receive arts grants from the city of Phoenix.

Five years ago, Caroline Lobo helped form the Hatcher Urban Business Alliance, a group of businesses, nonprofits and residents focused on revitalizing the 3.5-mile Hatcher Road corridor. Two years ago, they created a Christmas market and parade, thanks to funding from the city’s arts grant program.

“We can get schools, local businesses and community organizations to create these unique floats that speak to their business or their organization,” Lobo said. “So it’s really activating the street and bringing people from all walks of life to the Hatcher corridor and that’s one of the ways that you can create a sense of community, a sense of camaraderie and a sense of security of a very interesting way. “

Hatcher Urban Business Alliance sponsors an annual Christmas market and parade in December.

Hatcher Urban Business Alliance

Hatcher Urban Business Alliance sponsors an annual Christmas market and parade in December.

Lobo’s group hopes to receive $4,500 to continue with the event.

The Hatcher Road corridor is part of the Sunnyslope community, which is home to social service providers such as homeless soup kitchens and probation services.

“It’s not just okay to dream about revitalizing a community; revitalization is a process, it’s about education, it’s about bringing people together, it’s about activism,” he said. “It is a true partnership and I am very happy that these partnerships are encouraged and that we are all working collectively.”

Their vision for Hatcher Road is to become a creator hub to showcase local talent, including artists, makers, retailers and others.

The City Council will vote on $1.4 million to fund 111 applicants that include small groups and larger organizations such as the Arizona Opera, Arizona Ballet and Phoenix Symphony.

Cultivate Coffee, a locally owned business in Sunnyslope, is a member of the Hatcher Urban Business Alliance.

Hatcher Urban Business Alliance

Cultivate Coffee, a locally owned business in Sunnyslope, is a member of the Hatcher Urban Business Alliance.
The Phoenix Department of Neighborhood Services participated in the Hatcher Urban Business Alliance Christmas Parade and Market in 2023.

Hatcher Urban Business Alliance

The Phoenix Department of Neighborhood Services participated in the Hatcher Urban Business Alliance Christmas Parade and Market in 2023.