Two local arts groups 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, a collaboration of 13 national foundations and six banks, named 104 finalists from 1,225 applicants across the country.
The Juneau-based finalists are Sealaska Heritage Institute and Perseverance Theatre.
According to a report published by the National Endowment for the Arts, creative placemaking refers to efforts to bring all different types of community populations together to shape the character of a neighborhood, city or region around arts and cultural activities. (Read more here: www.nea.gov/pub/CreativePlacemaking-Executive-Summary.pdf.)
In a release, Artplace said that the 104 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.”
Finalists also include the Alaska Native Arts Foundation in Nome, Anchorage Park Foundation in Anchorage and the Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer.
This year’s grant recipients will be announced in May. To date, ArtPlace has distributed $26.9 million to 76 organizations in 46 communities across the country.
For more information, visit www.artplaceamerica.org/articles/artplace-names-104-finalists/