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 $8.7 million through its National Creative Placemaking Fund.
Grants were awarded in support of twenty-three projects in eighteen states and one U.S. territory, more than half of them in rural communities. Selected from nearly a thousand applicants, the grantees include 4 Directions Development, which was awarded $500,000 over two years to repurpose a former tribal college on the Red Lake reservation in Minnesota as a community hub with a performing arts center and creative business incubator; the Appalachian Artisan Center of Kentucky, which will receive $475,000 over thirty months to expand its efforts to address the opioid epidemic through workforce programs in traditional craft and music; Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, a project led by architect Deanna Van Buren, which was awarded $400,000 over eighteen months to develop resources for the formerly incarcerated in San Francisco's Bayview Hunter's Point neighborhood; and Garage Cultural, which was awarded $250,000 over two years in support of a community planning process to create a hub for Latin American art and culture in southwest Detroit.
A ten-year initiative involving federal agencies, financial institutions, and foundations — including Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Barr, Bush, Fisher, Ford, Irvine, Knight, Kresge, McKnight, Mellon, Niarchos, William Penn, Rasmuson, Rockefeller, and Surdna foundations — the National Creative Placemaking Fund has supported 279 creative placemaking projects to date in 223 communities with a total of $86.4 million in investments.
"Creative Placemaking seeks the full and robust integration of art and culture into the decisions that define the ebb and flow of community life. These projects embody what this looks like at its most effective," said Kresge Foundation president and CEO Rip Rapson, who chairs the ArtPlace President's Council. "We were overwhelmed by the extraordinary commitment demonstrated in these projects — contributing to the growing understanding of creative placemaking efforts throughout the nation."
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the ArtPlace America website.
(Photo credit: Garage Cultural)