The funding will provide grants for projects that use the arts to shape the social, physical, and economic futures of communities and/or support the growing field of placemaking practice in all fifty states and U.S. territories. Funded projects range from efforts by the Glass House Collective to revitalize a commercial district in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to the Wormfarm Institute's efforts to stimulate collaborations among artists and the food and farming communities at the Fermentation Fest in Sauk County, Wisconsin, to the reactivation of the Historic Higo Garden Hub through the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle.
The Barr Foundation joins thirteen other funders of ArtPlace America — Bloomberg Philanthropies; the Ford, Irvine, Knight, Kresge, McKnight, Andrew W. Mellon, William Penn, Rockefeller, Rasmuson, and Surdna foundations; and two anonymous donors. Established in 2011, ArtPlace is a collaboration of eight federal agencies, six financial institutions, and the fourteen private funders. To date, the organization has awarded 134 grants totaling $42.1 million to art groups across the United States.
"Having these distinguished foundation partners is a testament to the powerful momentum and undeniable impact of creative placemaking in this country," said ArtPlace America executive director Jamie L. Bennett. "We are thrilled to welcome the Barr Foundation to this coalition. Their generous support enables ArtPlace America to reaffirm its commitment to fundamentally change a diversity of communities through the arts in all its manifestations and variations."
For a list of finalists for this year’s Creative Placemaking grants, visit the ArtPlace America Web site.