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City of Novi awarded grant for Villa Barr project - Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs awards $70,000 for project

Release date: Friday, October 20, 2017
Contact: Nathan Mueller, Community Relations Specialist (248) 347-0431

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NOVI, Mich., October 20, 2017 – Progress continues to be made on the Villa Barr Art Park as the City of Novi was recently awarded a Capital Improvement matching grant worth $70,000 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

The Barr property was purchased by the City in 2012 and is located on Napier Road north of Nine Mile Road. It was once home to local artist David Barr before his death in 2015, and includes a sculpture garden, pond, house and studio. It was his vision to work with the City to provide a cultural arts hub to inspire and support local artists and residents. The grant will used to add a small parking lot, gravel pathways and interpretive signage. Construction is expected to be complete in spring 2018.

The Novi Parks Foundation has also contributed $70,000 to Villa Barr to make improvements to the house. And the Friends of Villa Barr group is collaborating with Eastern Michigan University and the Michigan Legacy Art Park in Thompsonville to create an artist in residency program at the site.

The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 575 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2018 funding. The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences.

A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at 517- 241-4011 or by visiting the MCACA website. Click here for updates regarding the Villa Barr Art Park project.