One hundred four 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. Story: http://www.artplaceamerica.org/articles/artplace-names-104-finalists/
The American Sign Museum, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, submitted the CoSign concept for the ArtPlace grant (http://www.artplaceamerica.org/), after last year learning that ArtPlace considered it an intriguing concept that should be submitted again. Though the ASM did not receive the ArtPlace grant in 2012, the Haile Foundation stepped up to support a pilot CoSign project that created a new world of signage and opportunity for one community. Creative placemaking has been gaining traction as a locally-driven strategy for bringing new life to communities.