Los Angeles Orgs Get $1.5M in Grants from ArtPlace

Thu, 06/14/2012 - 11:00am

ArtPlace logoFour Los Angeles creative placemaking projects have received $1.5 million in grants from ArtPlace, a coalition of private arts funders, government agencies, and banks.  The projects are funded among forty-seven new awards representing $15.4 million in arts funding and represent nearly 10% of ArtPlace’s giving this year.

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman said, “The arts are a part of everyday life, and I am thrilled to see yet another example of arts organizations working with city, state, and federal offices to help strengthen and revitalize their communities through the arts.”  The NEA is among the governmental partners participating in ArtPlace.

“Creative placemaking” is the umbrella term for arts projects that have a transformational impact on their communities, fostering a tangible sense of home, economic vitality, and connections among residents.  Almost 2,200 letters of inquiry reached ArtPlace in the current grant cycle, representing all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Thirty-three communities will benefit from ArtPlace funds.

According to Ford Foundation president Luis Ubinas, “This work…will have a profound and lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of communities throughout the country.” In September, ArtPlace will release a new set of metrics to measure changes over time in the people, activity, and value in the communities where ArtPlace has invested with its grants.

Participating foundations include 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, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Robina Foundation, The William Penn Foundation and an anonymous donor.

In addition to the NEA, federal partners are the 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.

ArtPlace is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife and Morgan Stanley.

Los Angeles’s ArtPlace projects are:

Esperanza’s Cultural Continuum
$290,900 – Esperanza Community Housing Corporation
Through Esperanza’s Cultural Continuum project, Mercado La Paloma will become a place to explore and experience the indigenous cultures of the diverse residents of South Los Angeles with fixed media exhibits, film screenings, music performances, dance, workshops, cooking classes, tastings and lectures, creating a cultural focal point in this south Los Angeles neighborhood.

The Hunger Cycle
$342,500 – Cornerstone Theater Company – Los Angeles, CA
Advancing the local food movement, Cornerstone Theater Company will produce a series of plays developed with local communities that transform unusual spaces into theatrical venues while connecting community members with farmers and fresh local foods to stimulate new consumer chains.

Broadway Cultural Quarter
$470,000 – City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs – Los Angeles, CA
Famed architect Thom Mayne and Morphosis Architects will provide pre-development work on the Broadway Arts Center, a mixed-use facility featuring affordable artists’ housing and studios, performance, rehearsal and exhibition space in L.A.’s historic Theater Row.

SCI-Arc Arts District Anchor Project
$400,000 – Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) – Los Angeles, CA
SCI-Arc is reaching out into the emerging Los Angeles Arts District around its new facility by constructing two new public performance/lecture spaces and managing programming for a third public programming venue in a new development across the street.