1964-1967: The War on Poverty Funds the Cultural Arts Program

Junk lot a hazard for children

Junk lot a hazard for children, 1969. Model Urban Neighborhood Demonstration Records.

March 16, 1964:
President Lyndon B. Johnson declares the war on poverty, "… because it is right, because it is wise, and because, for the first time in our history, it is possible to conquer poverty ... "

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July 1966:
Model Cities legislation is passed by the U.S. Congress, authorizing $400 million in planning grants and technical assistance to fight urban poverty.

Youth on Rear Porch

Youth on Rear Porch, circa 1960s, Citizens Planning and Housing Association Records.

November 1967:
Baltimore is named as one of the sixty-three inner cities across the country to receive Model Cities program funding. Within three years, Model Cities funds are used to begin the Cultural Arts Project.  

1964-1967: The War on Poverty Funds the Cultural Arts Program