ArtPlace America, a public-private partnership launched in 2011, has announced grants totaling $14.7 million in support of seventy-nine projects around the country.
Grants ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 were awarded in support of creative placemaking projects designed to revitalize rural communities, help communities imagine new futures, activate public spaces, create community-based anchor institutions, provide artists with housing and workspace, stretch established cultural institutions, and strengthen local economies.
Recipients include the Alaska Arts Confluence in Haines, which was awarded $217,456 to engage the town's resident artists in transforming vacant storefronts into active art galleries; Project 51 in Los Angeles, which will receive $185,500 for a year-long public art initiative along the fifty-mile course of the concrete-encased Los Angeles River; the Metropolitan Observatory of Digital Culture and Representation in Detroit, which was awarded $150,000 for a series of installations, performances, events, and architectural mediations along a one-mile stretch of historic Oakland Avenue; and the City of Fargo, North Dakota, which will receive $450,000 to transform an eighteen-acre storm-water detention basin into a multipurpose and ecologically sound public commons.
"We are thrilled to be able to invest in communities that have recognized the role that the arts can play in community planning and development," said ArtPlace executive director Jamie L. Bennett. "The range of projects this year reflects the dynamism of the creative placemaking field in this country, and also demonstrates the commitment, imagination, and vision of the community partners who have come together in them. While each community's story is individually compelling, it is even more powerful to consider the projects together as a national movement that continues to gain momentum and scale."
For a complete list of grant recipients, visit the ArtPlace America website.