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ArtPlace America: National Creative Placemaking Fund

Deadline: February 22, 2017

ArtPlace America is a 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.

The National Creative Placemaking Fund is designed to invest in planning and development projects that deploy arts and culture to strengthen their community. ArtPlace America is looking for projects that align with its definition of creative placemaking: “projects in which arts and culture play an intentional and integrated role in place-based planning and development that is human-centric, comprehensive, and locally informed. The “creative” simply invites artists and arts organizations to join their neighbors in shaping communities’ futures; not necessarily in making places more creative.”

Applicants will be asked to:

  • Describe their geographic community
  • Define a place based planning and development challenge or opportunity the community wants to address through the project
  • Describe a compelling way that arts and culture will be deployed to address the specific community development challenge or opportunity
  • Establish how the community will know change is happening

Other important definitions include:

  • Community: A group of people related by geography, whether a block, neighborhood, town, city, or region. Applicants should be able to draw the boundaries around their community on a map. An applicant should draw the circle at the scale at which engagement, participation, and change is probable. If the circle is drawn too large, it may be hard to believe that impact is possible for everyone within the circle. If the circle is drawn to small, it may raise questions about the unanticipated impacts a project may have on the people left outside the circle.
  • Community planning and development: Community planning and development takes many different forms, and in the spirit of making the world digestible and easier to understand, ArtPlace has developed a matrix to map its understanding of how this field organizes itself. The matrix includes the following ten sectors: agriculture/food; economic development; education/youth; environment/energy; health; housing, immigration; public safety; transportation; and workforce development. Applicants are required to select the sector that fits their project best.
  • Arts and culture: ArtPlace often refers to the National Endowment for the Arts’ working definition, of art as “an act of creative expression done within the confines of a set of known or emerging practices and precedence that is intended to communicate richly to others.” Culture is often based in tradition, and may manifest in language, food, music, and much more. ArtPlace intentionally uses a broad definition of arts and culture so that it can support all kinds of work, strategies, and approaches.

Award: Awards will range from $50,000-$500,000. The project period is flexible. Funding will be awarded in a single payment, but applicants can select a date when funding will be fully expended (between June 30, 2017 through June 30, 2020).

Eligibility: Anyone can apply; there are no eligibility limitations. Projects must be located in the U.S. and U.S. territories.

Although projects will be supported across the country, approximately 50% of the resources to be disbursed in 2018 has been provided by funders with geographic priorities, and as a result, ArtPlace staff will identify strong initial applications that propose projects in the following geographies to be invited to submit a full proposal: the state of Massachusetts; Greater Minneapolis—St. Paul, Minnesota; the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and 23 Native Nations which share that geography; rural communities throughout: Arizona, Iowa, the Upper Peninsula in Michigan, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, the cities of Akron, Ohio; Charlotte, North Carolina; Detroit, Michigan; Macon, Georgia; Miami, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; San Jose, California; St. Paul, Minnesota.

Link: http://www.artplaceamerica.org/our-work/national-creative-placemaking-fund/introduction

Note: Webinars will be held on January 27 and February 1 and 10. Facebook chats will be held on February 16 and 17. See the link for more information. Also see this Eventbrite link for in-person sessions, several of which will be held in New Mexico on January 18 and 19: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/artplace-america-9203654739.

Applicants must register in the online application system by February 14 by 1:59 pm MST to receive a username and password.

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