statement pc-072317-fe-conNECKted.jpg (copy)

The project conNECKted, produced by the Charleston Rhizome Collective, addressed gentrification and its impacts. File/Adam Parker/Staff

ArtPlace America, a national organization focused on artistic community development, has awarded a Charleston arts group $300,000 to create an economic development program for very small, local businesses.

The Charleston Rhizome Collective is one of 23 organizations nationwide that received funding from the program this year.

Its project, called conNECKtedTOO, will aim to support so-called tiny businesses with public art installations and forums, a tour, an app-based interactive map and a youth entrepreneurship program, according to a release from the city of Charleston.

The group presented an interactive art installation by the same name at the City Gallery earlier this year. The collection addressed racism, gentrification, and cultural and economic disparities in Charleston, particularly downtown in rapidly developing areas.

“Their past projects and recent efforts build confidence that the arts can be effectively put to work in new and creative ways to sustain and strengthen our local communities,” Mayor John Tecklenburg said in a statement announcing the grant.

Sign up for our daily newsletter

Get the best of The Post and Courier, handpicked and delivered to your inbox every morning.

Reach Abigail Darlington at 843-937-5906 and follow her on Twitter @A_Big_Gail.

Abigail Darlington is a local government reporter focusing primarily on the City of Charleston. She previously covered local arts & entertainment, technology, innovation, tourism and retail for the Post and Courier.

We're improving out commenting experience.

We’ve temporarily removed comments from articles while we work on a new and better commenting experience. In the meantime, subscribers are encouraged to join the conversation at our Post and Courier Subscribers group on Facebook.