Through the program, Kresge and the NEA will collaborate with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the National Creative Placemaking Program, and PolicyLink to provide fourteen organizations and their partners with specialized technical assistance aimed at building each organization’s capacity to lead placemaking projects that result in positive short- and long-term outcomes for their community. The program also will work to clarify standard practices in creative placemaking by sharing lessons learned and will inform future funding practices for NEA’s Our Town program and Kresge’s own investments in the field.
The NEA, which is allocating $500,000 to pilot the program, has invited seven former Our Town grantees to participate — Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte, South Dakota; the City of Kansas City, Missouri; the City of Anderson, South Carolina; Forklift Danceworks in Austin; the Martin County Community Redevelopment Agency in Palm City, Florida; the Metro Nashville Arts Commission; and Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio — while Kresge will award a total of $860,000 to LISC and PolicyLink in support of their efforts to extend technical assistance to seven grantees of its Arts and Culture Program. The foundation also will fund convenings at which the fourteen organizations can learn from each other.
"Stronger, more collaborative partnerships that foster equitable and inclusive community development will help advance creative placemaking projects that improve the life circumstances of vulnerable populations and strengthen neighborhoods," said Regina Smith, managing director of Kresge's Arts and Culture Program. "We are thrilled to partner with NEA, LISC, and PolicyLink to pilot this initiative."