Wednesday, September 21, 2011
ArtPlace is a national program working to drive the revitalization of cities and towns with an investment model that puts the arts at the center of economic development. A twelve million dollar loan fund has been created to accelerate creative placemaking and put art and culture at the heart of a portfolio of strategies to transform communities.
The initiative is collaboration between the NEA, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Robina Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation and an anonymous donor. Other federal partners includethe 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 first 34 ArtPlace grants have been invested in places that range across the country and vary in size. The initial round of grants totals $11.5 million, with an average grant size of approximately $350,000. ArtPlace invites Letters of Inquiry from initiatives involving arts organizations, artists and designers working in partnership with local and national partners to produce a transformative impact on community vibrancy.
Guidelines can be found here
You can register here for an October 3 webinar on developing a letter of inquiry
Letter of Inquiry deadline is November 15, 2011.