27 Oct Award Announced for Garden City Jazz & Greater Augusta Black Chamber of Commerce
from the staff at Garden City Jazz
AUGUSTA – Garden City Jazz and the Greater Augusta Black Chamber of Commerce are thrilled to announce we have been selected to receive a 2021 AARP Community Challenge grant. We are one of only 244 grantees selected from across all 50 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
With this “quick-action” grant we will present The Soul + Soil Initiative, an outdoor concert series of African-American music on African-American owned farmland, bringing awareness to and developing robust program support for two of the hardest hit industries during the pandemic: arts/culture and agriculture. Photos, videos, and live-streamed events will be compiled to develop an agri-tourism campaign for host farmers.
“We are incredibly proud that AARP selected Garden City Jazz and the Greater Augusta Black Chamber of Commerce to receive this grant,” stated Karen Gordon. “AARP is a nationwide leader on making neighborhoods, towns, and cities more livable for all residents and we are honored that they see the tangible value this project will bring to our community.”
Tickets, artists, and venue info for the 2021 Soul + Soil Concert Series can be found at gardencityjazz.eventbrite.com.
About the Community Challenge
The Community Challenge funds innovative projects that inspire change in areas such as transportation, public spaces, housing, diversity and inclusion, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery and more.
It’s all part of AARP’s nationwide work on livable communities, which supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities and counties across the country to become great places for all residents. AARP believes that communities should provide safe, walkable streets; affordable and accessible housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community life.
To learn more about the work being funded by the AARP Community Challenge across the nation – including all 244 granted projects this year, visit aarp.org/CommunityChallenge. You can also view an interactive map of all Community Challenge projects and AARP’s livable communities work at aarp.org/livable.