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Creative Placemaking Projects in Covington's Eastside Awarded More than $5,000

Two former residents of Covington's Eastside neighborhood were selected by the Center for Great Neighborhoods to receive a total of $5,250 in grants from the Creative Community Grant and Covington Nano Grant Programs.

Each of their grants aims to help neighbors invest in their community by helping it become and remain safe, clean, and vibrant.

Anissa Lewis earned her first grant from CGN earlier this year to produce “What’s good, Neighbor?”, a project that engages Eastside residents in conversations about what their neighborhood means to them and to foster strong community ties among them. The project consists of an interactive mural located at Randolph Park, and community engagement opportunities at local Eastside businesses, community meeting spaces, and churches.   

“As our communities change,” Lewis said, “having conversations about who we are, what defines community, and how exactly do we come togetherand work that out is crucial.”

Kareem A. Simpson is another first-time grant recipient. He will use his $250 grant for a project to preserve the oral history of Eastside residents.  

“When we come together,” Simpson said, “we do great things. And when we share something with the people around us, we make connections that could last a lifetime.”

The Center for Great Neighborhoods’ Creative Community Grants and Nano Grants are funded through the Kresge Foundation. These multi-year grants aim to implement creative placemaking activities in Covington.

Editor's note: Kareem A. Simpson is a contributor to The River City News and Awesome City Magazine

-Staff report

Photo: Lincoln-Grant School in the Eastside (RCN file)