ArtPlace America, a public-private partnership launched in 2011, has announced grants totaling $18 million to six place-based organizations to incorporate arts and cultural strategies into their core work.
Three-year investments of $3 million each were awarded to the Cook Inlet Housing Authority (Anchorage, Alaska), the Fairmount Park Conservancy (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation (Jackson, Mississippi), the Little Tokyo Service Center (Los Angeles, California), the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership (southwestern Minnesota), and the Zuni Youth Enrichment Project (Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico). ArtPlace will work with PolicyLink to identify and share insights and best practices with the goal of making grantees' social, physical, and economic placemaking strategies more inclusive.
"Arts and culture are too often left out of community planning conversations," said ArtPlace executive director Jamie Bennett. "These six organizations will demonstrate the unique value that artists and arts organizations can bring to the full spectrum of community development priorities, including community resiliency, economic development, housing, open space, public health, and youth opportunity."
"Our fundamental proposition is that arts and culture must be at the core of every conversation we have about community development in this country," said Kresge Foundation president and CEO Rip Rapson, who chairs the ArtPlace collaboration. "When this happens the dialogue is richer and more inclusive for the long-term visioning a community needs to remain vital and healthy."