Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) named the Fletcher Place Neighborhood Association in Indianapolis the 2016 Grand Prize winner of the Neighborhood of the Year (NOTY) Award at its luncheon held Friday, May 27 at the 41st annual NUSA conference in Memphis, Tenn.
Finishing in first place in the Social Revitalization category of the annual NOTY competition, the inaugural Virginia Avenue Folk Fest featured 70 live acts on 9 stages and welcomed more than 10,000 visitors to the Fletcher Place neighborhood. The family-friend festival introduced the young, as well as the young at heart, to Americana, bluegrass and folk music, while also promoting local businesses. The event also raised funds for and awareness of the non-profit group Trusted Mentors.
During Friday's luncheon, NUSA also awarded the first place prize in the Physical Revitalization category of the NOTY competition to the Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association in St. Petersburg, Fla. The neighborhood's Partnership Program brings together neighborhoods and local community vounteers with physically- and/or financially-challenged homeowners to make much-needed exterior home repairs and yard clean-ups. In 2015, the program revitalized six Historic Kenwood homes and assisted two adjoining neighborhoods to begin similar programs.
The 2016 NOTY award winners were also announced in the following categories:
Physical Revitalization - Single Neighborhood
Historic Kenwood Partnership Program
Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Adventure Playground Tree House Project
Gifford Park Neighborhood Association
From Labor to Legacy
Sylvan Old Auburn Road Neighborhood Association
Citrus Heights, Calif.
Arboretum in Glenview Park
Glenview-Edgewood Manor Area Association
Social Revitalization - Single Neighborhood
Virginia Avenue Folk Fest
Fletcher Place Neighborhood Association
Neighborhood Identification, Pride and Engagement
Gibraltar Neighborhood Association
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Hilltop Street Fair
Hilltop Business Association
Clarkson Park Pocket Stage Production
Joslyn Castle Neighborhood Association
Women's Outreach Initiative
Near Eastside Neighborhood Association
Fort Worth, Texas
Oakhurst Neighborhood Association
Fort Worth, Texas