Learn more about creative placemaking and how to apply for ArtPlace grants

Learn more about creative placemaking and how to apply for ArtPlace grants

The South Carolina Arts Commission welcomes ArtPlace America to the Lowcountry September 21-22 for three informational sessions about its National Grants Program. Director of National Grantmaking F. Javier Torres and Program Assistant Leila Tamari are visiting to encourage applications from South Carolina. The sessions are free and open to anyone from any area of the state.

Join us for one of three sessions (RSVPs are NOT required):


  • What is creative placemaking?
  • An overview of the grant process.
  • What makes a strong application?
  • A discussion of how the arts have been used to “move the needle” to address relevant and challenging community issues.

Who should attend?

Anyone and everyone interested in learning about how you can be supported to creatively make change in your community! Artists, arts organizations, designers, community developers, planners, city and town administrators, community residents, business owners, faith and religious groups, philanthropists, and more are invited to learn more about arts-based strategies to community development. The National Grants Program will fund anyone regardless of tax-exempt status.

Consider these questions:

What’s your understanding of how the arts change communities? Have you identified a community issue that leverages arts and culture as an intervention?  What part do partners play? In what geographic “place” will you work to solve this community-based issue? Who sits at “the table” when the decisions are made for this intervention? How will you measure success?

These and other questions will guide the conversation and provide specifics about ArtPlace’s grants program that offers $50,000 to $500,000 to support place-based arts projects as they relate to advancing our communities. Since 2011, ArtPlace has invested $66.875 million in 227 projects across 152 communities of all sizes, in 43 states and the District of Columbia. Its National Grants Program is designed to invest in creative placemaking projects that involve cross-sector partners committed to improving the social, physical, and economic fabric of their communities through arts-based strategies.

Questions about the sessions? Email or call Susan DuPlessis, (803) 734-8693.

The timeframe:

ArtPlace will open its call for projects in early January 2016.

About ArtPlace 

ArtPlace America (www.artplaceamerica.org) is a 10-year collaboration among 15 foundations, eight federal agencies, and six financial institutions who are dedicated to positioning art and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.

ArtPlace focuses its work on creative placemaking, the set of practices in which art and culture work intentionally to help to transform a place. ArtPlace does this through a national grants program and five community-wide investments; it seeks to understand and disseminate successful practices through its research strategies; and it works to connect practitioners, organizations, and communities with one another.