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  • Exploring Creative PlacemakingExploring Creative Placemaking
    Across the country, arts communities are known to contribute to the economic vitality of their surroundings. The Foundation’s interest in the intersections between community and economic development, arts and culture prompted it to bring in …
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Cameron Foundation approves $250,000 implementation grant to FOLAR for park and trail development

Building on its earlier proactive investment in Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) for a master planning process, The Cameron Foundation’s Board of Directors has approved its first implementation grant to the organization to improve a key section of the Appomattox River Trail. The $250,000 award supports design development, pre-construction engineering, and construction of this segment of the Appomattox River Trail as well as design and fabrication of wayfinding signage. The area to be developed, between University Boulevard and the Boulevard in Old Towne Petersburg, is rated as one of the highest priority trail segments for the entire trail system.

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Cameron Foundation approves $1.28 million in grant awards

The Cameron Foundation recently approved new grant funding for 24 organizations to support a broad range of programs and projects in the Tri-Cities area. The awards, which total $1,279,802, were approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors earlier this month.

The largest grant this cycle was made to Central Virginia Health Services, Inc. (CVHS) for $266,000. The funds help to underwrite dental services at the Appomattox Area Health and Wellness Center.

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Installation of Hopewell community gateway art begins

Preparations are being made to receive artist Ralph Helmick’s iconic sculpture at the Route 10 bridge. The artwork, a monumental letter “H” made of open steel framework reminiscent of industrial scaffolding, is the centerpiece to a major community gateway project developed in partnership between the City of Hopewell and The Cameron Foundation. It will mark the entrance eastward into the City of Hopewell along Route 10.

Although the Foundation is undertaking four gateway projects across the Tri-Cities, the Hopewell site is the only one with public art as its anchor. The sculpture will be installed during the week of June 4-8. Other work to the larger gateway project will continue on through the summer and is expected to be completed by this fall. The gateway site was chosen to augment other planned economic development in the area.

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