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UML gets creative economy grant

By From the Lowell Sun

LOWELL -- UMass Lowell has been awarded $65,000 in grant money from the University of Massachusetts system to help support the region's "creative economy."

UMass President Jack Wilson announced on Monday UMass Lowell's receipt of two grants from the President's Initiatives Fund program, according to a UMass Lowell news release. There were only seven such grants given out in response to 20 proposals from the four UMass campuses.

Professor Robert Forrant, of UMass Lowell's Department of Regional, Economic and Social Development, was awarded $35,000 to help support student and outreach efforts the economic impact of arts and culture on Lowell.

His proposal was submitted in conjunction with the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) and the Revolving Museum.

The UMass Lowell English Department's Urban Village Arts Series received $30,000 to help support the free monthly event, held the Lowell National Historical Park visitor center, which features a variety of novelists, nonfiction writers, sculptors, filmmakers, painters, poets, musicians and other artists.