Creative Placemaking Grants 2017

Washington, DC—Creative placemaking is increasingly a tool of choice for those working to forge solutions to community development challenges. As one of the leaders in the creative placemaking field, the National Endowment for the Arts announces its latest round of funding through its signature creative placemaking program, Our Town. The NEA will award $4.3 million in grants to fund 64 projects in 36 states in cities ranging from Los Angeles, California to Lewiston, Maine.

In places as diverse as New York City and Green River, Utah, these projects demonstrate that art and artists are an essential part of building strong communities; as important as land use, transportation, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety. Including this round of funding, the NEA will have awarded more than $30 million in grants to fund 389 Our Town projects since 2011. The web resource Exploring Our Town features case studies and lessons learned on more than 70 Our Town projects.

Guidelines and application materials for 2017 Our Town funding are posted on the NEA website. All 2016 Our Town projects are available in the related content section.

“For six years, Our Town has made a difference for people and the places where they live, work, and play,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The broad-based partnerships and the focus on leveraging local cultural assets have helped residents engage the arts to spark vitality in their communities.”

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