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Friday, March 10, 2017

Center for New Americans to Receive First-Ever Awesome Foundation

Center for New Americans to Receive First-Ever Awesome Foundation - Northampton Grant to Support Gothic Street Mural

The Downtown Northampton Association together with the nine other trustees of the Awesome Foundation’s Northampton Chapter , announces the awarding of the first-ever $1,000 grant to the C enter For New Americans. They will use this grant to commission one of their students, an artist from Costa Rica, to create a mural to welcome students and constituents into their downtown Northampton location.

The Awesome Foundation is an international network of independent chapters of people who provide small grants for projects, usually in their local communities, with the goal of ‘forwarding awesomeness in the universe.’ Most chapters are made up of ten donors who combine their contributions to award one $1,000 grant each month to a selected person or project with no strings attached.

“We’re really excited to bring the Awesome Foundation’s great idea to Northampton,” shared DNA Board Member and Northampton Community Television Executive Director, P. Al Williams, “We were bowled over by how many great responses we received, and we are proud to support the Center for New Americans as our first grantee.”

Center for New Americans, a community-based immigrant education and resource center, plans to commission one of its students, an immigrant artist from Costa Rica, to create a mural to welcome students and constituents into their building at 42 Gothic Street in Northampton.

“We are so grateful for this opportunity to give one of our immigrant students the chance to illustrate how Center for New Americans welcomes the immigrant community,” said Laurie Millman, Executive Director of Center for New Americans.

The application from the Center for New Americans shared that the group’s constituents are not native English speakers, but they would quickly recognize services offered if they were portrayed in images by an internationally recognized artist who has herself been welcomed and served by their program. The City of Northampton, which owns the building, has expressed a willingness to support the mural pending prior approval of a sketch.

The trustees of the Northampton chapter of the Awesome Foundation represent different organizations and businesses in the Downtown Northampton community: Northampton Community Television, the Downtown Northampton Association, Thornes Marketplace, A2Z Science & Learning Store, Hampshire Council of Governments, the Northampton Brewery, Northampton Center for the Arts, the Chamber of Commerce, Sylvester's Restaurant, Roberto's and the Northampton Radio Group (including WHMP, Hits 94.3 and 93.9 the River).

The Downtown Northampton Association will share more about the project as it gets underway, as well as future Awesome Foundation grant recipients as they’re chosen.

About the DNA: The DNA partners with city leadership, downtown businesses, property owners, the Chamber of Commerce, and other interested community partners to improve the business and cultural strength of Downtown Northampton through investments in programming, downtown maintenance and beautification, and through collaboration with downtown stakeholders on common issues and concerns. For more information, visit www.northamptonDNA.com .

About the Awesome Foundation
The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects. For more about the Northampton Chapter, visit: http://www.northamptondna.com/the-awesome-foundation.html

About Center for New Americans: C enter for New Americans (CNA) is a community-based, non-profit adult education center that provides the underserved immigrant, refugee and migrant communities of Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley with education and resources to learn English, become involved community members and obtain tools necessary to maintain economic independence and stability. http://www.cnam.org

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