ArtPlace America, a public-private partnership that works to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development, has announced grants totaling $11 million to twenty-nine creative placemaking projects in nineteen states and two U.S. territories.
Awarded through ArtPlace America's National Creative Placemaking Fund, the grants, which range from $100,000 to $500,000, will support efforts to use the arts and culture to strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of local communities. Selected from nearly fourteen hundred proposals, the funded projects are designed to drive change in at least one of ten community planning and development sectors — agriculture and food; economic development; education and youth; environment and energy; health; housing; immigration; public safety; transportation; and workforce development.
Recipients include the Cheyenne River Youth Project, which was awarded $325,000 to expand the Waniyetu Wowapi Lakota Youth Arts Institute in Eagle Butte, South Dakota; the Detroit Afrikan Music Institution, which will receive $300,000 to turn the historic Apex Lounge into an educational, rehearsal, and performance center; and Pata Viva Farm/Bryce Richard, who was awarded $500,000 for the MESA Project, which will work to reform agricultural practices around Las Cruces, New Mexico.
A ten-year initiative involving federal agencies, financial institutions, and foundations — including the Barr, Bush, Fisher, Ford, Irvine, Knight, Kresge, McKnight, Mellon, Niarchos, William Penn, Rasmuson, Rockefeller, and Surdna foundations and Bloomberg Philanthropies — the National Creative Placemaking Fund has to date supported 256 creative placemaking projects in 187 communities with a total of $77.7 million in investments.
"Creative Placemaking seeks the full and robust integration of arts, culture, and community-engaged design into the decisions that define the ebb and flow of community life," said Rip Rapson, president and CEO of the Kresge Foundation and chair of the ArtPlace President's Council. "These grant recipients embody what this looks like at its most effective best. The sheer volume of applications for these grants suggests the growing updraft of creative placemaking efforts throughout the nation."
For a complete list (34 pages, PDF) of recipients, see the Artplace America website.