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(Chicago, IL, January 15, 2013) One hundred five applicants in 72 communities in 33 states and the District of Columbia have been named finalists for grants from ArtPlace, an initiative to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S. through grants and loans, research, communication and advocacy. ArtPlace is a collaboration of 13 leading national and regional foundations and six of the nation’s largest banks. ArtPlace also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council.

The selected applicants represent the best of the 1,225 letters of inquiry from across the country. Inquiries came from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa.

Finalists were chosen for their potential to transform communities through placing art and culture at the heart of portfolios of integrated strategies that drive vibrancy and diversity.

Here is a complete list of ArtPlace finalists for 2012-2013:

City State Applicant
Nome AK Alaska Native Arts Foundation
Anchorage AK Anchorage Park Foundation
Homer AK Bunnell Street Arts Center
Douglas AK Perseverance Theatre, Inc
Juneau AK Sealaska Heritage Institute
Alberta AL Sustainable Rural Regenerative Enterprises for Families
Ajo AZ International Sonoran Desert Alliance
Mesa AZ Mesa Arts Center, City of Mesa
Blue Lake CA Dell’Arte
Lone Pine CA LA-Más
San Jose CA MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
Los Angeles CA materials & applications
Modesto CA Modesto Art Museum
Los Angeles CA Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County
Los Angeles CA REDCAT, CalArts
Santa Cruz CA Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
Los Angeles CA Watts Village Theater Company
Woodland CA Yolo County Arts Council d/b/a YoloArts
Oakland CA Youth Radio
Denver CO Ballet Nouveau Colorado
Denver CO Brian Corrigan
Loveland CO Community Foundation of Northern Colorado
New Haven CT Artspace, Inc
Statewide CT State of Connecticut DECD/COA
Washington DC District of Columbia Office of Planning
New Smyrna Beach FL Atlantic Center for the Arts
Miami FL O Cinema
Miami FL Miami Art Musuem of Dade County Association, Inc.
Opa-locka FL Opa-locka Community Development Corporation
Miami FL Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
Atlanta GA Atlanta Metro College – Southwest Coalition L3C
Macon GA The Corporation of Mercer University
Savannah GA The Creative Coast, INC
Boise ID Trey McIntyre Project
Chicago IL Old Town School of Folk Music
Chicago IL Redmoon Theater
Indianapolis IN Harrison Center for the Arts
Lawrence KS The Lawrence Arts Center
Lexington KY LexArts
New Orleans LA New Orleans Airlift
New Orleans LA Rose Community Development Corporation
Shreveport LA Shreveport Regional Arts Council
Boston MA Citi Performing Arts Center
Boston MA The Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth, Inc.
Baltimore MD Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
Baltimore MD City Lore, Inc.
Mount Rainier MD Joe’s Movement Emporium
Detroit MI Detroit Economic Growth Association
St. Paul MN Bedlam Theatre
St. Paul MN Blue Ox
Granite Falls MN Clean up the River Environment
Minneapolis MN Hennepin Theatre Trust
Lanesboro MN Lanesboro Arts Center
Minneapolis & St. Paul MN Minnesota Public Radio
Fargo & Moorhead MN & ND Plains Art Museum
Springfield MO City of Springfield, Missouri
St. Louis MO Rebuild Foundation
Charlotte NC McColl Center for Visual Art
Omaha NE Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
Newark NJ Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District
Albuquerque NM Barelas Community Coalition
La Union NM Diana Molina with La Semilla Food Center
New York NY AIGA/NY
Brooklyn NY Artist Build Collaborative
New York NY Center for Neighborhood Technology
New York NY chashama, Inc.
Brooklyn NY Chez Bushwick, Inc.
Brooklyn NY Common Ground Communities, Inc. d/b/a Community Solutions
Cooperstown NY State University of New York, SUNY Oneonta
Brooklyn NY Creative Time
New York NY Dance Theatre of Harlem, Inc.
New York NY The Trust for Governors Island
New York NY New Museum
Utica NY Sculpture Space, Inc.
Bronx NY The Carnegie Hall Society, Inc.
New York NY Times Square Alliance
Prattsville NY Town of Prattsville
Bronx NY Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation
Cincinnati OH American Sign Museum
Columbus OH Franklinton Development Association
Cleveland OH St Clair Superior Development Corporation
Philadelphia PA Breadboard / University City Science Center
Pittsburgh PA City of Asylum Pittsburgh
Philadelphia PA Delaware River Waterfront Corporation
Philadelphia PA Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund
Philadelphia PA Mt. Airy USA
Philadelphia PA Next American City
Philadelphia PA People’s Emergency Center Community Development Corporation
Philadelphia PA Philadelphia City Planning Commission
Philadelphia PA Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe
Providence RI AS220
Providence RI New Urban Arts
Memphis TN Binghampton Development Corporation
Houston TX BetterHouston
Austin TX Downtown Austin Alliance
San Antonio TX Esperanza Peace and Justice Center
Houston TX Project Row Houses
Roanoke VA City of Roanoke Arts Commission
Seattle WA Capitol Hill Housing Foundation
Seattle WA Environmental Coalition of South Seattle
Neah Bay WA Makah Tribe
Uniontown WA Uniontown Community Development Association
Milwaukee WI Greater Milwaukee Committee
Sheboygan WI John Michael Kohler Arts Center
National National GOOD Worldwide LLC & CEOs for Cities

 

“In this third ArtPlace funding cycle, the proposals just keep getting stronger,” noted Carol Coletta, director of ArtPlace. “It is testimony to the growing interest in creative placemaking across the country, as well as the capability of artists and their community partners to do this work.”

This year’s grant recipients will be announced in May. To date, ArtPlace has distributed $26.9 million to 76 organizations in 46 communities across the country.

Participating foundations include 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, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation and two anonymous donors. ArtPlace also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council. ArtPlace is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife and Morgan Stanley.

ArtPlace funds in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Certain ArtPlace funders have a deep commitment to their local communities and have provided funding for specific states or communities. Currently, these include: Akron, Charlotte, Detroit, Macon, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, San Jose, and St. Paul, as well as communities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin.

For more information on ArtPlace please visit www.artplaceamerica.org.