The Kresge Foundation has announced the launch of an $8 million initiative focused on advancing community development through arts and culture.
Led by the foundation's Arts & Culture program, the Building and Supporting Equitable Development (BASED) initiative is aimed at developing a platform for the professional development of Kresge staff and industry leaders around emerging field priorities such as racial equity and best practices with respect to inclusion within the community development sector. The three-year pilot program will provide support to twenty community partners, including eleven this year and nine in 2020.
Organizations in this year's cohort will receive grants of $400,000 over two years to collaborate around a shared agenda focused on equitable creative placemaking. The grantees include the Asian Economic Development Association in St. Paul, Minnesota; the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation in Brooklyn; Broadway Housing Communities in New York City; the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative in Boston; the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation in Oakland; the Inner-City Muslim Action Network in Chicago; North Limestone CDC in Lexington, Kentucky; the People's Emergency Center and The Enterprise Center in Philadelphia; People United for Sustainable Housing in Buffalo; and Project Row Houses in Houston.
"While there are a substantial number of community development organizations that have successfully integrated creative placemaking into their broader neighborhood strategies, many of these organizations are facing staffing, policy, and funding hurdles," said Regina R. Smith, managing director of the foundation's Arts & Culture program. "BASED aims to strengthen these organizations and expand efforts that integrate creative placemaking into place-based work happening in cities across the United States."
(Photo credit: Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation)