The remainder of the funds would be used to pay for staff time, incidental costs like furnishing the space, and possibly to provide financial support to partner organizations assisting in the effort.
If the retail program is successful, it could grow in the future. “We hope that, in the years ahead, we can identify other sites elsewhere throughout the city that we can have similar pop-up shops,” Mikolajewski said.
A second proposal, also recommended for approval, would provide a $20,000 grant to hip hop-focused nonprofit Urban Community Arts Network, Ltd. to organize a series of free performances and art shows on the 100 block of State Street. The funds would come from the Small Business Equity and Recovery program, which the city created last September.
The “MadLit” events, which would take place from 8 p.m. to midnight on alternating Fridays from June to October, are designed to provide performance opportunities for artists of color. They’d feature DJs, solo musicians and bands playing a variety of genres of music and catering to a diverse audience, according to the proposal. In addition to music, each event would include a visual art exhibit in Philosopher’s Grove, and a rotating handful of businesses owned by people of color would be invited to sell each time.