River Road African American Museum receives grant for garden, edible landscaping project | Ascension

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area recently announced the 13 fellows from the ANHA Fall 2020 fellowship cycle.

The National Park Service-funded ANHA grant program is distributing $ 122,515.44 in grants to promote environmental, recreational and cultural assets in the area, according to a press release. The grant provides support through appropriate means through reimbursement. The beneficiary must therefore provide proof of payment for 100% of the eligible expenses when submitting a claim.

“In Louisiana, we celebrate our culture like nowhere else in the country. And you can experience some of these cultures firsthand in the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, ”said Nungesser. “With these grants, our pool communities can better tell the stories of their culture, authentic and real stories that nourish your soul. Through these stories we can learn about the evolution of this rich mix of cultures, traditions and ways of life that created this special place known as the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. “

The goal of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area is to preserve and promote the cultural, natural and recreational resources of the 14 communities that comprise the Atchafalaya Basin. Scholars must demonstrate that projects fulfill this vision by presenting cultural events, interpreting heritage, and making natural improvements or improvements in terms of recreational activities. Criteria are project feasibility, sustainability and creativity.

On site, the River Road African American Museum Ascension is receiving US $ 12,500 to improve the Freedom Garden and Rosenwald Edible Landscape projects, which include 10 new, raised text panels telling the story of native plants and about the history of the Underground Railroad in Teach Louisiana

“The cultural history of south-central Louisiana has drawn from a variety of people, places, and traditions. ANHA is excited to fund over a dozen projects this year that will protect and enhance what makes our home so special, ”said Justin Lemoine, Executive Director of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area.

The Atchafalaya National Heritage Area will conduct its next funding cycle in the spring. To learn more about the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, visit the redesigned website www.atchafalaya.org. Please visit the ANHA Grant Program website for more information and updates.

The National Heritage Area program is part of the National Park Service. NHAs are designated by Congress as areas that tell nationally significant stories through natural, cultural, and historical resources. The Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, designated in 2006, aims to preserve and promote the natural, recreational and cultural resources around the Atchafalaya River and its basin.

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