The Foundation awarded a $50,000 challenge grant for the completion of a restoration project of the Carneal building in downtown Selma. This partnership supports the ArtsRevive vision for what Selma can be and the place the arts can hold in that vision. The Daniel Foundation is committed to efforts to promote a thriving arts community and the preservation and repurpose of buildings.
The restoration of the Carneal building will create a true community arts space for the city of Selma. ArtsRevive’s primary goal for the building was the development of a viable arts and community center in downtown. This was the first adaptive reuse success in a town that has had virtually no new construction in twenty years. A 2009 comprehensive city plan identified Carneal as the anchor to the proposed arts and cultural district envisioned for the downtown/Water Avenue area. This building will be used as a community center, a place to offer art lessons for children, a venue for literary events, and adult arts offerings such as quilting, woodworking, and violin.
ArtsRevive Community Development was established in 2003 and exists to enhance community development in the Selma-Dallas County area. Their goals are to provide learning opportunities in the arts, support local artists, develop Selma as an arts destination, create an arts and culture district downtown, and become community builders.