Kinston designated as North Carolina smART city

SmART Kinston Foundation bringing artists to town (Image 1)

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – The city of Kinston is recognized as an official North Carolina smART city.

The city received the designation this week by the North Carolina Arts Council, citing the city’s use of arts and culture as an economic driver.

Kinston is now part of a small handful of communities in the state making an effort to use local art, talent and culture as ways to bring visitors into the city.

The smART Kinston Foundation is receiving a $25,000 grant from the NC Arts Council to help propel this process along.

According to Smart Kinston City Project Foundation executive director Matthew Whittle, this grant will be used to begin work on an Artscape Vision Plan for downtown.

Whittle describes it as a comprehensive plan that focuses on how downtown Kinston’s landmarks can all be linked together using streetscaping, wayfinding and public art.

smART Kinston will work with the City, Pride, the Arts Council and other organizations, as well as local businesses and residents to make this a community project.

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