ArtPlace America, a collaboration of national and regional foundations, banks, and federal agencies, has announced grants totaling $15.2 million in support of fifty-four projects around the country.
Grants ranging from $33,000 to $750,000 were awarded in support of creative placemaking projects designed to bring new life to rural communities, help communities imagine new futures, activate public spaces, create new community-based anchor institutions, provide artists with housing and workspace, stretch established cultural institutions, and strengthen local economies.
Recipients include Creative Time, in Brooklyn, New York, which was awarded $275,000 to present, in partnership with the Weekvsille Heritage Center, a multifaceted exhibition of installations and collaborations that engage the themes of sustainability, agency, and self-determination; the Anchorage Park Foundation in Alaska, which received $204,635 to plan, execute, and document a series of site-specific urban art interventions and a subsequent pilot project designed to foster an upsurge in creative placemaking among local artists; and Bedlam Theatre in St. Paul, which was awarded $350,000 to develop and execute programs that activate Bedlam Lowertown, a local public space for artist activity at the nexus of the Twin Cities' central corridor transportation center.
"ArtPlace America recognizes the central role arts and cultural activities can have in the revitalization of American cities," said Rip Rapson, chair of ArtPlace America's President's Council. "With this grant award, ArtPlace America is directing individual project support to sources of creative high-impact projects throughout the country. ArtPlace America is also continuing to break new ground in drawing together some of the nation's leading foundations to think — in a concerted way — about how these kinds of projects can become more widespread."