A group of people looking a mural
Those who have been following ArtPlace’s progress closely know that we talk about our work as investing in arts-based strategies to help achieve place-based outcomes in order to reposition arts and culture as a core sector of community planning and development. In order to make sure that we are covering the entire field of community planning and development, we have identified ten sectors that generally cover that terrain. At our annual Grantee Summit that we hosted in Philadelphia in May, we organized our breakout sessions around these ten sectors, featuring our grantees working in those areas in conversation with an expert from the field.
Kentucky Landscape
Veasna and I just returned from Kentucky and, in short, it lived up to its would-be tagline: Kentucky Kicks Ass. We had a chance to connect with grantees in Lexington, Hazard, Whitesburg, and Cumberland; and I was able to say a few words at the Community Development Society’s annual conference. First and foremost, thanks for the hospitality from everyone who showed us around the Commonwealth. You guys made the trip awesome, and helped update our wardrobes to boot!
Image of Executive Director Jamie Bennett
I am just back from a summer visit to see my grandmother and extended family in Cleveland, OH. As aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family paraded through her house, I kept hearing versions of the same questions: “What is it you do? Creative placemaking? What is that?” (To which Grandma would inevitably respond, “I don’t know what it is he does, but we’re very proud of him.”) While the community of colleagues who are deeply connected with our work at ArtPlace America keeps growing, that “what is creative placemaking” question is one that I continue to answer as I meet with mayors, artists, funders, and community organizers all around the country.
Image of a piece of art by Howard Finster
Last month, Director of National Grantmaking F. Javier Torres traveled to Georgia to attend a convening hosted by Grantmakers in the Arts. Javier also took some time to visit ArtPlace grantees in the area, including the Paradise Garden project in Summerville, a rehabilitation effort to preserve the home of renowned artist Howard Finster. Collaborative partnerships across local and county government and alongside arts and cultural preservation leaders have led to significant success for this project and rural town, as Javier shares:
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As you all should know, this week was an exciting one for ArtPlace as we announced our latest round of National Grants Program grantees on Monday. There's been a lot of buzz in the news since then about our newest projects and their respective communities and we wanted to take a moment to share some of the great press hits that came our way. Happy Friday and happy reading! Inside Philanthropy: The Complex Funder Pushing Creative Placemaking With Millions in New Grants. Today, ArtPlace America is announcing the winners of its 2015 grants and asked if we wanted to take a first look at where $10 million in funds is heading.
Image of 2015 ArtPlace projects marked on map of USA.
Today marks an exciting day as we announce and welcome the latest round of National Grants Program grantees to the ArtPlace family! We’re thrilled to share with you the work of the 38 unique projects in this year's National Grants Program pool and hope you take the time learn more about them here. 50% of this year's grantees are first-time ArtPlace applicants, 97% of them are first-time ArtPlace grantees, and 29% work in rural communities.
Calling all cross-disciplinary researchers! Today marks ArtPlace's second open call for research consultants. We currently seek to commission three “field scans” that document and explore the relationship between arts and culture and the following community development sectors: Housing, Public Health, and Public Safety. Check out the full Call for Research Consultants for detailed information about the opportunity and instructions on how to apply. Submissions are due Thursday, August 6, 2015, and scans are expected to begin on September 1 and be completed by November 17, 2015.
Close-up street map with various colorful papers on it
​The sunny patio of Twelve Pine market in Peterborough, NH is not a bad spot to sit and reflect on this year’s Creative Community Exchange (CCX). Peterborough, after all, was the original inspiration for Our Town – both the Thornton Wilder play and the National Endowment for the Art’s creative placemaking grant program that I had the pleasure of managing in its early years. How could I not pay my respects as I passed by en route back to the Manchester airport!
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Logo
Today, we are pleased to officially welcome a new partner to the ArtPlace America family: The Stavros Niarchos Foundation! The Foundation approved a $1,000,000 grant to support our national work in the field of creative placemaking. ArtPlace is thrilled about this generous support and the opportunity to learn from and be a part of an international community of grantees--see the full announcement from the foundation below: NEW YORK — May 19, 2015 — The Stavros Niarchos Foundation approved a $1,000,000 grant to support ArtPlace America’s national work in the field of creative placemaking. The $1,000,000 grant distributed over two years will support ArtPlace America’s four program areas:
Hard to believe that just a week ago today we had gathered all together with 300+ of our friends, colleagues, and thought partners in Philadelphia for ArtPlace's annual Grantee Summit! Despite the impressive contingent of folks we had pulled together, there were still many, many others we wished could have joined us for the convening as we shared our work, strategies, and visions for the future. If you weren't able to make it out to Philly for the event, or if you did and just feel like reliving some highlights, archived sessions are available for your viewing pleasure below! Feel free to share, comment, and and rewatch away...