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Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for The Fremont Oak Arch

$30,000 goal to win matching grant through MEDC's Public Spaces Community Places initiative

LANSING, Mich. – The city of Fremont will soon have a new public art sculpture and downtown gathering space with the help of a crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the city of Fremont announced today. The campaign is being offered through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $30,000 by August 31, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. For project details and to donate, please visit:

“The Fremont Oak Arch will not only create a public art piece in downtown Fremont, but will also welcome more residents and visitors to spend time in the city,” said MEDC Vice President of Community Development Katharine Czarnecki. “We are pleased to be able to partner in and provide resources for this effort.”

Funds raised during this campaign will support the creation of an engaging downtown in Fremont. This will involve the integration of green space, community gathering areas and public art of many kinds and at many levels. The Oak Arch will showcase the work of local artist Joe Krajkiewcz and be the defining anchor and connection to the new public greenspace, the Darling Walkway. The space will include an accessible pathway, seating, lighting, and landscaping to complement the sculpture and allow active use throughout the day and night.

“The Fremont City Council encourages the ongoing beautification of our streetscapes in and around our Downtown and ‘gateway’ corridors with the addition of public art and landscaping features which help to define and enhance our community,” said Fremont Mayor James M. Rynberg. “Together, MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places initiative and the citizens of Fremont will continue to help us express the kind of community Fremont is in a distinctive, relatable way for our residents and visitors.” 

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, MSHDA, the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity in which local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from MEDC. Communities, nonprofits and other business entities can apply at

“Placemaking is about creating spaces that are inviting and welcoming to all and ‘The Darling Walkway’ in Fremont will do just that,” said Daniel Gilmartin, CEO and Executive Director of the Michigan Municipal League. “With the support of the community, we know this public art and gathering space will be a source of pride for years to come.”

The Public Spaces Community Places initiative started in 2014 with MEDC providing matched funding of up to $50,000 for community improvement projects throughout Michigan. As of July 10, 2017, MEDC has provided $3,835,500 in matching grants. Since the launch of the program, 130 projects have been successful in reaching their goal, with nearly $4.6 million raised from 20,487 individual donors.

About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, job awareness and community and talent development with the focus on growing Michigan’s economy. For more information on the MEDC and our initiatives, visit For Pure Michigan® tourism information, your trip begins at Visit Pure Michigan Talent Connect at for more information on Michigan’s online marketplace for connecting job seekers and employers. Join the conversation on: FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and Twitter.

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