ArtPlace America is a collaboration among 14 foundations, 8 federal agencies, and 6 financial institutions dedicated to strengthening the field of creative placemaking. Toward this end, ArtPlace has invested in projects in which artists and arts organizations play an explicit and central role in strategies to help shape their communities’ social, physical, and economic futures.
Participating foundations include the Barr Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, William Penn Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Surdna Foundation, and two anonymous donors.
ArtPlace seeks advice and counsel from its close working relationships with the US Departments of Agriculture, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Transportation; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the White House Domestic Policy Council and Office of Management and Budget.
ArtPlace has also been supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife and Morgan Stanley.
To date, ArtPlace has invested $42.1 million to 134 projects in 80 communities of all sizes across the country.
Several ArtPlace supporters have deep commitments to their local and regional communities and thus have provided enhanced funding for them, including urban, suburban, and rural areas in Alaska, California, and Minnesota and rural and non-metropolitan communities in Arizona, Iowa, Michigan, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin. Targeted cities include Akron, Ohio; Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, Massachusetts; Charlotte, North Carolina; Detroit, Michigan; Macon, Georgia; Miami, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; San Jose, California; and St. Paul, Minnesota. Additionally, several funders are especially interested in ensuring the participation and representation of folk and traditional arts, Native American arts, and the performing arts in creative placemaking.
In November 2013, ArtPlace America announced Jamie L. Bennett’s appointment as the new Executive Director of ArtPlace America, effective January 6, 2014.