ArtPlace America recently announced it secured close to $28 million in funding to support creative placemaking from 14 foundations, including its newest partner, the Barr Foundation in Boston. This development further underscores the growing impact creative placemaking is having on communities and nonprofit arts organizations across the country.
California's Central Valley farmers may be facing a horrendous drought, but fortunately, there's no shortage of funding for regional arts organizations, thanks to the Fresno Regional Foundation. As of late January, the foundation began accepting applications for $200,000 in grants, which will be awarded to arts and culture projects around the region.
Miami's Miramar Cultural Trust was recently awarded a $12,000 Knight Foundation Challenge grant after presenting a compelling case showing how they would use the money to expand accessibility to the arts in the community. The issue of accessibility is universal, and Miramar's approach can be emulated by other arts organizations. Today we take a closer look at their strategy.
We live in a country with no shortage of vibrant arts communities. Very rarely do philanthropic organizations publicly state that one is better than another. Yet it occasionally happens, and when a rep from a powerhouse like the Knight Foundation makes such a statement, it's doubly newsworthy. In this case, we're talking about Dennis Scholl, vice president of arts for the Knight Foundation. The quote in question: "The thing I see in St. Paul that I don't see as much in other communities is a real sense of collaboration."