International Sonoran Desert Alliance awarded $50,000 grand prize for exceptional art space
New York, NY – Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) and MetLife Foundation announced the six winners of the nationwide, competitive 2009 MetLife Innovative Space Awards. The grand prize winning organization,The International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA) in Ajo, Ariz, received $50,000 in recognition of its development of the Curley School, an exceptional, community-engaged artist space. The awards recognize outstanding efforts in the design and development of affordable space for artists, which is an integral part of LINC’sSpace for Change: Building Communities Through Innovative Art Spaces program. These spaces provide a stable foundation from which artists may pursue their works and shape the neighborhoods they inhabit. The winners were selected from more than 90 organizations in 29 states.