ArtPlace America, a public-private partnership launched in 2011, has announced grants totaling $10 million in support of thirty-eight projects around the country.
Grants ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 were awarded in support of creative placemaking projects designed to revitalize urban and rural communities, help communities imagine new futures, activate public spaces, create community-based anchor institutions, provide artists with housing and workspace, stretch established cultural institutions, and strengthen local economies. Projects funded in this round will bring artists and arts organizations together on projects related to agriculture/food, economic development, environment and open space, health and human services, housing, immigration and social justice, public safety and criminal justice, transportation, workforce development, and youth and education.
Recipients include Re-Locate Kivalina in northwest Alaska, which was awarded $500,000 for a project in which ethnographic artists will lead a planning process to relocate the four hundred Inupiat residents of climate change-threatened Kivalina; Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces Department, which will receive $200,000 in support of planning efforts for Underline, a park/linear trail and living art destination situated under a ten-mile stretch of the region's Metrorail; Soul Food Cypher in Atlanta, which was awarded $50,000 to use hip-hop and the craft of freestyle lyricism in cultural events that create a place for positive social interactions in the city's Old Fourth Ward; and Young Nation Elsmere-Avis Plaza and Market, which will receive $225,000 toward a new building, plaza, and green space at the intersection of Elsmere and Avis streets in southwest Detroit.
"We are thrilled to once again be supporting communities that are bringing artists and arts organizations to the community planning and development table," said ArtPlace America executive director Jamie Bennett. "There continues to be a growing understanding in this country that artists are the one asset that exists in every community, and that artists have a unique value to add when they work alongside other citizens in shaping the futures of their communities."
For information on all the latest funded projects, visit the ArtPlace America website.