ArtPlace America is thrilled to add 29 dynamic creative placemaking projects across 19 states and 2 US territories to our portfolio in 2016. In these projects, residents use arts and culture strategies to strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of their communities.

Together, this group of exceptional projects demonstrate ArtPlace’s ongoing commitment to communities of all sizes, and within diverse contexts. We are excited to add communities in which ArtPlace has not previously funded: Montana, Utah, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. All 29 projects join our National Creative Placemaking Fund portfolio to inform and enhance our understanding of the deep and enduring contributions of arts and culture in community planning and development.

The US Census estimates that approximately 20% of the US population lives in rural communities, and now ArtPlace’s cumulative portfolio percentage investment in rural communities is 21% -- aligned with the geographic spread of the country’s population. Almost 30% of our 2016 investments are in rural communities, reflecting a concerted and sustained effort to support this population.

ArtPlace worked with an esteemed panel of 12 professionals from across the US to select these projects. Representing the demographic diversity of this country, this group of peer experts also represented the diversity of the arts and culture and community development sectors.

The complete list of 2016 funded projects may be found here.

To date, ArtPlace has supported 256 creative placemaking projects in 187 communities of all sizes, totaling $77.7 million worth of investments across 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. 

A complete list of our National Creative Placemaking Fund investments to date may be found here.



The National Creative Placemaking Fund invests in planning and development projects where arts and culture play a central role.  ArtPlace actively seeks to build a portfolio of funded projects that is a microcosm of the varied creative placemaking strategies used across the United States through this program.  Since 2011, the National Creative Placemaking Fund has invested in 227 projects across 152 communities of all sizes in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

The 2016 National Creative Placemaking Fund open application process has closed.  Thank you for your interest and we encourage you to consider applying next year. See below for a brief video about this funding opportunity, and be sure to sign up for our mailing list in the top right-hand corner of your screen to receive updates on next year's call for proposals.