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ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration among a number of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions that works to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities. ArtPlace focuses its work on creative placemaking, which describes projects in which art plays an intentional and integrated role in place-based community planning and development. This brings artists, arts organizations, and artistic activity into the suite of placemaking strategies pioneered by Jane Jacobs and her colleagues, who believed that community development must be locally informed, human-centric, and holistic.
In creative placemaking, “creative” is an adverb describing the making, not an adjective describing the place. Successful creative placemaking projects are not measured by how many new arts centers, galleries, or cultural districts are built. Rather, their success is measured in the ways artists, formal and informal arts spaces, and creative interventions have contributed toward community outcomes.
ArtPlace has $9.5 million available for projects that work with artists and arts organizations to build stronger, healthier communities anywhere in the United States. Applicants–who can be literally any individual, artist, group, space or organization–will need to register in the ArtPlace Fluxx system by February 14, 2017 and then submit their project idea by February 22, 2017.
For more information, visit the ArtPlace website and explore their resources.
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