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Fifty-four organizations learned today that they are recipients of a substantial monetary award from ArtPlace America to support their work in creative placemaking in communities across the U.S. ArtPlace America awarded a total of $15.2 million to 54 projects using the arts to transform 44 communities (and a statewide project in the state of Connecticut).

ArtPlace America is a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks and federal agencies committed to accelerating creative placemaking – putting art at the heart of a portfolio of strategies designed to revitalize communities. This is the third cycle of grants awards by the collaboration. With this round of grants, ArtPlace America has awarded a total of $42.1 million in 134 grants to 124 organizations in 79 communities across the U.S. (and a statewide project in Connecticut).

“ArtPlace America recognizes the central role arts and cultural activities can have in the revitalization of American cities.” Said Rip Rapson, chair of ArtPlace America’s Presidents’ Council. “With this grant award ArtPlace America is directing individual project support to scores of creative, high-impact projects throughout the country.”

“ArtPlace America is also continuing to break new ground in drawing together some of the nation’s leading foundations to think — in a concerted way — about how these kind of projects can become more widespread.” Continued Rapson.

This year, grants will support creative placemaking in:

• Bringing new life to rural communities
• Helping communities imagine new futures
• Activating public space
• Integrating art and design into creative citymaking
• Connecting and animating communities
• Creating new anchor institutions
• Sparking redevelopment
• Providing artists housing and workspace
• Strengthening business and the economy
• Developing civic brand stories
• Stretching established cultural institutions

The 54 organizations that received grants were selected from over 1200 applications. Inquiries came from all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. Grant amounts range from $750,000 to $33,000 with an average grant size of just over $280,000.

The complete list of ArtPlace America 2013/2014 grants can be found below. Images of each project can be found in this image bank.

For more information on any of these projects please contact George Abbott at george@artplaceamerica.org

Using Art to Help Communities Imagine New Futures

Design/Relief $200,000
AIGA/NY New York, NY

Through Design/Relief, AIGA/NY will offer a series of design charrettes and community lectures and workshops pairing profesional design teams with communities hit hardest by recent natural disasters in order to create design-based solutions to re-establish a true sense of place and identity

OhHeckYeah $200,000Brian Corrigan, Denver, CO

OhHeckYeah transforms public space into a temporary street arcade that leverages the power of play to promote Denver’s cultural offerings while amplifying the community’s creative talent.

My City is a Dream Machine $275,000
Creative Time Brooklyn, NY

In Central Brooklyn sit four 19th century homes that are the remnants of a free black community founded as an intentional land-owning settlement for African Americans, and remain resonant symbols of African-American independence and self-determination today. Creative Time will partner with Weeksville Heritage Center to present a multi-faceted exhibition of installations and collaborations between artists and local organizations that engage Weeksville’s themes of sustainability, agency, and self-determination alongside public programming that amplifies the vibrancy of the community and supports longer-term neighborhood development and revitalization.

City Gallery $100,000
Harrison Center for the Arts Indianapolis, IN

City Gallery, a gallery, urban living resource cafe, and integrator of the arts into economic and neighborhood revitalization strategies, will generate a series of multifaceted arts programming designed to connect people to culture, community and place to strengthen the rebuilding of King Park, a Federal Sustainable Communities and Brownfields Pilot site, and in the process develop a new state model for revitalization.

RADAR L.A. Festival & Residencies $244,000
REDCAT, CalArts Los Angeles, CA

REDCAT, CalArts, and a consortium of public and private partners will produce RADAR LA 2013, a major international theater festival in Downtown Los Angeles and implement a seven-month series of related performing artist residencies in varied downtown locations.

The Great Chicago Fire Festival $250,000
Redmoon Theater Chicago, IL

Redmoon will conceptulize, plan, implement, and produce the inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival, a city-wide ephemeral placemaking event developed in partnership with the City of Chicago.

Using Art and Design to Activate Public Space

Light Brigade $204,635
Anchorage Park Foundation Anchorage, AK

Maintaining their artistic focus on the subject of light and dark, themes of special interest to Northern dwellers, the Light Brigade, with the support of the Anchorage Parks Foundation will plan, execute and document a series of site specific urban art interventions that will activate public spaces throughout the community followed by a pilot project to foster an upsurge in creative placemaking among Anchorage artists.

ideaXfactory $200,000
City of Springfield, Missouri Springfield, MO

The ideaXfactory will turn a vacant city building and adjacent open grassy lot into a contemporary art space that will sponsor site-specific environmental art installations and other non-traditional art projects to build connections between diverse populations of the surrounding communities.

The Trust for Governors Island Public Art Commissioning Program $200,000
Governors Island Corporation, d.b.a. The Trust for Governors Island New York, NY

The Trust for Governors Island Public Art Commissioning Program commissions internationally recognized artists to create ambitious, thoughtfully developed art installations throughout Governors Island’s that respond to its unique location and history, new landscapes and democratic culture to set the stage for the Island’s next chapter as a year round destination.

21st Century Café Society $300,000
Mesa Arts Center, City of Mesa Mesa, AZ

Mesa’s 21st Century Café Society will reposition the Mesa Arts Center campus as an inspiring “third space” for the city by creating a welcoming and interesting environment and gathering place through interactive public art in a setting featuring café tables, food/beverage service, and live performances.

UNSCENE! $240,000
Shreveport Regional Arts Council Shreveport, LA

Shreveport Regional Arts Council with 2011-Academy-Award winning director and animator Brandon Oldenburg, and a team of local artists will curate UNSCENE! — an unpredictable, unabashed, unabridged – once-a-month event that accelerates the advancement of Shreveport Common as the city’s arts destination.

Integrating Art and Design into Creative Citymaking

Silent Lights $33,000
Artist Build Collaborative Brooklyn, NY

Working in partnership with NYCDOT, Artist Build Collaborative will install Silent Lights, a series of six gates that light up sequentially based on the intensity of sound and vibrations from oncoming traffic, to a safer, inviting experience for pedestrian commuters as they traverse a loud, poorly lit and busy underpass linking Red Hook, Brooklyn to its closest subway stop.

Transit $ 200,000
Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) Baltimore, MD

“Transit” will bring together European and Baltimore artists, arts organizations, city planners and transportation officials to strategically transform transit environments within three urban Arts & Entertainment Districts.

Innovative Urban Play Space Competition $ 300,000
District of Columbia Office of Planning Washington, DC

The District of Columbia will hold a national design competition to seek innovative and creative art based designs for five temporary and permanent play spaces for children and adults alike in unexpected sites throughout the District.

Using Art to Connect and Animate Communities

Bedlam Lowertown: Arrivals and Departures $ 350,000
Bedlam Theatre St. Paul, MN

Bedlam Theatre will develop and execute programming to activate Bedlam Lowertown, a venue and anchor for artist activity, a public space to see, hear, eat, and be art at the nexus of the Twin Cities’ Central Corridor transportation center.

Blue Ox Mini Golf $ 350,000
Blue Ox St. Paul, MN

In partnership with public and private partners, Blue Ox, a collective of artists from the historic West 7th neighborhood will build an artist-designed mini-golf course as the anchor attraction of a 15-acre neighborhood redevelopment project of the former Schmidt Brewery.

Department of Making + Doing $ 150,000
Breadboard / University City Science Center Philadelphia, PA

The Department of Making + Doing will channel the brain trust and assets of four dynamic Philadelphia-based art, design and technology organizations to activate the 37th Street pedestrian walkway to externalize creative production and elevate the local profile of the Avenue of Technology.

Pittsburgh Central Northside Artway Connector $ 300,000
City of Asylum Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA

Through permanent and temporary public artworks, community-based residencies for international artists, and free multi-lingual literary and jazz performances, City of Asylum/Pittsburgh will bring vacant properties and public spaces to life in a joyful walkway that celebrates the liberating power of creative expression and draws residents and tourists to the community’s soon-to-be redeveloped Federal-North business district.

Creational Trails $ 350,000
Greater Milwaukee Committee Milwaukee, WI

Creational Trails will create a network of improv(is)ed spaces, projecting identity through light and sound, to activate spaces as a means of breaking down barriers in Milwaukee.

Cine Al Fresco $ 100,000
Living Arts Trust, Inc d/b/a O Cinema Miami, FL

O Cinema will create a sustainable outdoor green space and “theater” in order to offer ongoing outdoor films, performances, and other events for the diverse, urban community in the Wynwood neighborhood in Miami, FL.

Creating New Anchors for Communities

Carver Bank: A North Omaha Town Hall $ 175,000
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Omaha, NE

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Theaster Gates and Rebuild Foundation will expand the Carver Bank program as a hub for the creative and public life of its neighborhood, and complete a design plan for the surrounding city-block.

Arts @ the Feed & Grain $ 200,000
Community Foundation of Northern Colorado Loveland, CO

Arts @ the Feed & Grain is a participatory artist programming and planning initiative that will transform the last intact granary in Northern Colorado, Loveland’s Feed & Grain building, into a sustainable center of arts activity that celebrates the region’s distinctive arts identity and spurs complementary investment and arts-centric redevelopment.

The Façade $ 240,000
Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District Newark, NJ

Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District will transform The Façade, a historic eight-story high Greek Revival blue sandstone facade on a half-acre site, into a 615 person outdoor performance venue and urban farm to become the center of the emerging artist movement in Newark and the cultural revitalization efforts in Lincoln Park.

Neah Bay Village Longhouse Commons $ 500,000
Makah Tribe Neah Bay, WA

The Makah Tribe will develop a Longhouse Commons along the planned Waterfront Trail on the Makah Indian Reservation in downtown Neah Bay to serve as a year-round indoor/outdoor community gathering and performance space.

The Walter Soboleff Center $ 475,000
Sealaska Heritage Institute Juneau, AK

The Walter Soboleff Center, a 29,000 square foot cultural arts center, will stand in the center of downtown Juneau, adjacent to the historic district, one block from the waterfront, and in close proximity to the State Capitol and the shops and restaurants frequented by residents, the legislature, and hundreds of thousands of tourists whose cruise ships dock at the wharf each summer. Through its design and programming the Center will establish Juneau as the primary destination for authentic Alaskan Native art experiences.

Tattnall Square Center for the Arts $ 425,000
The Corporation of Mercer University Macon, GA

Mercer University, working with local stakeholders, will transform a historic former church in a revitalized urban corridor into a community performing arts center; thereby, replacing vacancy with constant activity in a prime location in this small city.

Junction Box – 1075 Park Avenue West $ 250,000
Wonderbound – Ballet Nouveau Colorado (BNC) Denver, CO

Wonderbound and Community Coordinating District No. 1 have moved to a 1920′s post office garage in the heart of downtown Denver’s most challenged area and opened Junction Box, a gathering place and nerve center to animate its surrounding neighborhoods with ongoing creative energy. Through its design and programming, Junction Box will serve as the foundation of a new model for producing world-class, locally-minded art and as a demonstration of iterative design applied to a new urban amenity.

Using Art to Spark Redevelopment

Broad Avenue Water Tower Depot $ 350,000
Binghampton Development Corp/Historic Broad Business Association Memphis, TN

Binghampton Development Corporation and Historic Broad Business Association will transform an active warehouse loading dock on Historic Broad Avenue into an outdoor arts venue, convert a 140 foot tall water tower into an iconic public art beacon and activate The Water Tower Depot with eight weekends of community dance, followed by eight months of community-based programming.

River Stage at the Waterfront $ 310,000
Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) Philadelphia, PA

Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and its partners will transform the Boat Basin at Penn’s Landing into a “river stage” in order to activate public space and foster civic engagement to advance a future in which the waterfront becomes a cultural and economic center of activity.

REVOLVE Livernois $ 200,000
Detroit Economic Growth Association (DEGA) REVOLVE Program Detroit, MI

REVOLVE Livernois will match world-class designers and artists with local university students, residents and entrepreneurs to activate vacant storefronts and public spaces with pop-up art installations, businesses and events to transform Detroit’s historic “Avenue of Fashion.”

The Idea Foundry in Franklinton $ 350,000
Franklinton Development Association Columbus, OH

The dynamic and acclaimed “makerspace,” the Columbus Idea Foundry will become a partner and anchor tenant in a completely renovated neighborhood warehouse. With neighbors consisting of the Center of Science and Industry museum and a burgeoning arts collective, The Idea Foundry will complete an innovation triangle in Franklinton that blends the arts, the sciences and enterprise.

FringeArts on the Waterfront $ 400,000
FringeArts Philadelphia, PA

FringeArts will construct and activate an outdoor plaza and performance space to serve as a welcoming space for performance and socializing at its new location on Philadelphia’s underutilized Delaware River waterfront.

Rebuild in North St Louis $ 250,000
Rebuild Foundation St. Louis, MO

Led by internationally known artist and creative placemaker Theaster Gates, Rebuild Foundation will expand its revitalization work in the north St. Louis neighborhood of Hyde Park by transforming a vacant building and adjacent lot into an arts and design-centric urban amenity activated by diverse programming developed in partnership with the community such as The Listening Room project that will share archives of Black music with the neighborhood, a cultural food program, an artist-led forum on neighborhood public space and an incubator for local craftsmen and artistic entrepreneurs.

CreateHereNowCT $ 500,000
State of CT Dept of Economic & Comm Development/CT Office of the Arts Statewide, CT

CreateHereNowCT is a pilot program of the State of Connecticut DECD/COA that will build a network of distinctive, artist-repurposed vacant spaces statewide in twenty participating towns and cities, for the creation and growth of businesses and sustainable placemaking initiatives by fostering cooperative partnerships among municipalities, artists, entrepreneurs and property owners.

Using Art to Bring New Life to Rural Communities

Old Town Artists Residency $ 150,000
Bunnell Street Arts Center Homer, AK

Old Town Artists Residency program will galvanize the community around Homer’s Old Town neighborhood through the creation and presentation of new work by artists in residence that activates the arts center’s space and surrounding outdoor sites including the Old Town People’s Garden Greenway.

Sonoran Desert Retreat Center & Residencies $ 536,740
International Sonoran Desert Alliance (ISDA) Ajo, AZ

The International Sonoran Desert Alliance will accelerate creative placemaking in Ajo, Arizona through the completion of its Sonoran Desert Retreat Center, the launch of an artist residency program at the retreat center featuring traditional and contemporary Tohono O’odham and Mexican artists, and the creation of a tri-national border-themed community arts installation.

Lanesboro Arts Campus $ 313,000
Lanesboro Arts Center Lanesboro, MN

Lanesboro Arts Center seeks support to transform the entire rural community of Lanesboro, Minnesota (pop. 754) into the Lanesboro Arts Campus.

Prattsville Art Center and Residency $ 200,000
Town of Prattsville Prattsville, NY

Central to its rebuilding efforts, the Town of Prattsville will renew a flood damaged building into Prattsville Art Center and Residency to engage artists-in-residence in town planning and design as well as public exhibitions and events to reimagine the future of this rural town as it recovers from a natural disaster.

Uniontown Creativity Center $ 362,300
Uniontown Community Development Association Uniontown, WA

Building on nearly 20 years of volunteer-led revitalization efforts, the expansion of the self-sustaining Uniontown Creativity Center and associated public art installations will improve the connection to the rural town’s historic business center, increase the integration of creativity in the town’s fabric and solidify the identity of Uniontown as a center of creativity.

Providing Artists Housing and Workspace

12th Avenue Arts $ 150,000
Capitol Hill Housing Foundation Seattle, WA

Capitol Hill Housing will develop the new 12th Avenue Arts building, transforming a 29,000 sq ft surface parking lot on Seattle’s Capitol Hill into a vibrant mixed-use development combining arts, housing, retail and public safety uses.

LuigART Makers Spaces $ 425,000
LexArts/North Limestone Cultural Development Corporation Lexington, KY

In an effort to turn neighborhood liabilities into assets, North Limestone Cultural Development Corporation will renovate a 14,000 square foot historic malt and hemp factory alongside 40 shotgun-style homes to create a creative artist and maker complex. LuigART Maerks Spaces will include a home ownership program for area artists/makers, a national artists-in-residnece program, visiting artist housing, an incubator space and gallery/market space for associated artists, makers and partner organizations.

Using Art to Strengthen Business and the Economy

CoSign $ 200,000
American Sign Museum Cincinnati, OH and Covington, KY

The American Sign Museum will expand its innovative CoSign initiative that pairs artists, small businesses, and sign fabricators to design and install a critical mass of unique handcrafted signage in neighborhood business districts by refining its process and materials and testing implementation in two additional neighborhoods. It will also create a toolkit to help communities replicate CoSign locally and nationally.

ArtWeek $ 151,368
Citi Performing Arts Center Boston, MA

Modeled on the biannual Restaurant Week and designed for replication after its Boston launch, ArtWeek is an innovative collection of curated events/experiences that highlights the quality and diversity of arts, culture, and entertainment offerings in a region, linking with local businesses to drive neighborhood economic impact, building awareness about the area’s creative economy, and attracting both residents and visitors eager to share in ArtWeek’s unique experiences.

The Mad River Industrial Art Park $ 350,000
Dell’Arte Blue Lake, CA

As a pioneer in creating “theatre of place,” Delaware and its partners will bring that vision to the rebranding and activation of the Mad River Industrial ArtPark. Through curated arts programming, visual identifiers and the expansion of its own Mad River Festival to this space, Dell’Arte will connect art, industry and artisanal cultural work to promote economic development in the rural California community of Blue Lake.

Art Lives Here $ 240,000
Joe’s Movement Emporium Mount Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood, Hyattsville, MD

In the Gateway Arts District, the artist community is partnering with local businesses, two community development corporations, four cities, and Prince George’s County to increase regional visibility for the arts district and enliven the two-mile corridor using a mix of temporary and longer term projects to support existing small business, attract commercial in-fill, prepare for a new round of anchor developments and further strengthen the creative community.

UrbanUpcycle $ 375,000
St Clair Superior Development Corporation Cleveland, OH

UrbanUpcycle is a comprehensive, arts-based strategy that will show how creative reuse can lift an entire Rust Belt neighborhood through education, community advancement and market-driven responses, demonstrating that creativity is the key to Cleveland’s renewal.

Stretching Established Cultural Institutions Beyond Their Boundaries

MACLA – A New Cultural Model $ 750,000
MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana San Jose, CA

MACLA will re-imagine how an arts organization at the intersection of an arts district and an immigrant neighborhood functions by creating a new cultural model and stage for community participation shaped by a permanent facility and program expansion.

Arts & Ecology Community Campus at Brightwalk at Historic Double Oaks $ 400,000
McColl Center for Visual Art Charlotte, NC

McColl Center for Visual Art will create an artist-led Arts & Ecology Community Campus in alliance with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership in the Brightwalk Community at Historic Double Oaks, a brownfield development located adjacent to Center City and a vital component of the evolution of Charlotte’s Greater Statesville Avenue Corridor Revitalization Plan.

Office of Neighborhood Development $ 250,000
Performing Arts Center Trust Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Miami, FL

Building on momentum from its publicly-embraced master plan and the burst of public and private investment in its once-dormant neighborhood, the Adrienne Arsht Center will become one of the first major performing arts centers in the country to create its own Office of Neighborhood Development dedicated to accelerating and sustaining the creative evolution of its rapidly-changing, downtown Miami surroundings.

Defiant Gardens for Fargo-Moorhead $ 260,000
Plains Art Museum Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN

In an effort to shift the community’s ethos toward public art and design while providing much needed green spaces in three downtown locations, the Plains Art Museum will develop three collaborative, artist-led creative placemaking projects called Defiant Gardens for Fargo-Moorhead.

Using Art to Develop Civic Brand Stories

Building a Better Modesto $ 101,600
Modesto Art Museum Modesto, CA

As a facilitator of and catalyst for creativity in the community, Modesto Art Museum has no permanent location and uses the city as its “collection.” In response to the city’s ranking as least livable or most miserable in the country, the Museum has launched Building a Better Modesto, a program using public art, architecture, landscape, and urban design to acknowledge the city’s unique assets, change the perception of downtown and generate action toward a more livable city.

Rainforest Theatre Festival $ 250,000
Perseverance Theatre, Inc Douglas, AK

Perseverance Theatre will develop a summer theatre festival with the potential to reach visitors and locals with a rich mix of full productions, new play development and works in process, and training opportunities that provide authentic experiences in Juneau to encourage cultural tourism.

Destination Frankford $ 335,150
Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) Philadelphia, PA

Through the creation of a vibrant public space, artfully designed signage and street furniture, a storefront dedicated to local artists, and an arts-focused marketing campaign, Destination Frankford will increase exposure to Frankford’s growing arts scene, add vibrancy to Frankford’s commercial corridor, and attract new artists, businesses, and residents to Frankford.

Times Square Transformation $ 250,000
Times Square Alliance New York, NY

Times Square Transformation will redefine Times Square as an artistic town square — and provide a paradigm to be shared with center-city civic leaders from across America — by enlisting ten cutting-edge NYC cultural organizations and festivals, which represent a range of disciplines, audience demographics and neighborhoods, to permanently transform Times Square’s newest public spaces into venues for innovative performing and visual arts.