ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) advances the field of creative placemaking, in which art and culture plays an explicit and central role in shaping communities’ social, physical, and economic futures. To date, ArtPlace has awarded $56.8 million through 189 grants to projects serving 122 communities across 42 states and the District of Columbia.
ArtPlace is a collaboration among the Barr Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, and two anonymous donors.
ArtPlace seeks advice and counsel from its close working relationships with the following federal agencies: the National Endowment for the Arts, the US Departments of Agriculture, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Transportation; along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council.
ArtPlace has additional partnership from six major financial institutions: Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife, and Morgan Stanley.
Several of ArtPlace’s foundation partners have deep commitments to their local and regional communities and have provided enhanced funding for communities of all sizes in Alaska, California, and Minnesota; and for rural and non-metropolitan communities throughout Arizona, Iowa, Michigan, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Enhanced funding also exists to support the cities of Akron, OH; Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, MA; Charlotte, NC; Detroit, MI; Macon, GA; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA; San Jose, CA; and St. Paul, MN. Additionally, several funders are interested in ensuring the participation and representation of folk and traditional arts, Native American arts, and the performing arts.