ArtPlace America offering grants for creative placemaking

Are you a part of the growing creative placemaking movement?

ArtPlace America is accepting letters of inquiry for its 2014 Innovation Grants, designed to support creative placemaking in communities across America.

Grants will be awarded to projects that involve arts organizations, artists and designers working in partnership with local and national partners on place-based strategies that can transform communities.

Letters of inquiry must be submitted by December 13, 2013.

Complete guidelines can be found at

ArtPlace America is a collaboration of 13 leading national and regional foundations and six of the nation’s largest banks. ArtPlace America also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council.

To date, ArtPlace America has awarded 134 grants to 124 organizations in more than 79 communities across the U.S. for a total of $42.1 million. Past recipients of ArtPlace America grants have demonstrated creative placemaking as a means of investing in art and culture at the heart of a portfolio of integrated strategies to drive vibrancy and diversity so powerful that it transforms communities.

Recent ArtPlace America grant recipients:

The Anchorage Parks Foundation, which is partnering with The Light Brigage in planning, executing and documenting a series of site specific urban art interventions with a focus on the subject of light and dark (themes of special interest to Northern dwellers) to activate public spaces throughout the Anchorage, AK community.

The City of Asylum Pittsburgh, which is employing permanent and temporary public artworks, community-based residencies for international artists, and free multi-lingual literary and jazz performances to create a joyful walkway through their community to draw residents and tourists to the community’s soon-to-be redeveloped Federal-North business district and celebrate creative expression.

Capitol Hill Housing, which is transforming a 29,000 sq ft surface parking lot on Seattle’s Capitol Hill into the new 12th Avenue Arts building, a vibrant mixed-use development combining arts, housing, retail and public safety uses.

Detroit Economic Growth Association’s REVOLVE Program, which is matching designers and artists with local university students, residents and entrepreneurs to activate vacant storefronts and public spaces with pop-up art installations, businesses and events to transform Detroit’s historic Livernois “Avenue of Fasion”.

The Town of Prattsville, NY, which is turning a flood-damaged building into the Prattsville Art Center and Residency to engage artists-in-residence in town planning and design as well as public exhibitions and events to reimagine the future of the rural town as it recovers from a natural disaster.

A complete list of past ArtPlace America grant recipients can be found online.

Via: ArtPlace America