November 12, 2020
Two new resources are now available as part of the collaboration between ArtPlace America and NASAA, Strengthening the State Arts Agency Support System for Creative Placemaking. These tools provide information on how practitioners can better access public resources for creative placemaking, and are intended to heighten awareness and ease the pathways to public funding for those working at the nexus of the arts and community development.
Public funding streams are meant to be available broadly, yet knowing what they are or how to tap into them can pose challenges. Federal opportunities are especially difficult to navigate. Eligibility requirements can be strict, application documents are often long and complex, the universe of grants is vast while opportunities themselves are highly specific, and the administering agencies may not always understand creative placemaking. We hope that these resources will help to address these gaps, providing a starting place not only for practitioners seeking opportunities, but for agencies that provide technical assistance to stakeholders seeking such resources.
NASAA thanks ArtPlace America for its generous support of this work, Metris Arts Consulting and Susan Fitter Harris, who wrote and assembled the Creative Placemaking Public Resources Guide, and the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Agencies (NACEDA) for its partnership throughout these efforts.