NEA Challenge America Grant Program

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The National Endowment for the Arts’ Challenge America grant offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Applications due April 13, 2017. Learn more and apply... Read more

Art Works: Creativity Connects

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This National Endowment for the Arts initiative shows how the arts contribute to the nation’s creative ecosystem, investigates how support systems for the arts are changing, explores how the arts can connect with other sectors that want and utilize creativity, and invests in innovative projects to spark new, collaborative ideas. A key component of Creativity Connects is a grant opportunity in the Art Works category that supports collaborative, mutually beneficial partnerships between the arts and non-arts sectors, specifically: Agriculture, Business... Read more

New Design Guide Helps Planners Hack Tactical Urbanism

A Build a Better Block installation in Kansas City inspired by activists in Oak Cliff, Dallas (Credit: Build a Better Block)
Literature on and toolkits for tactical urbanism have proliferated over the past decade, but the Street Plans Collaborative — authors of the popular book Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Action for Long-term Change — felt there was still a need for nittier, grittier guidance. The group’s new 132-page online publication, “The Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials and Design,” dives into the details of pop-up urbanism: when to use tape or paint or chalk, how to choose the right materials for temporary barriers,... Read more

Will Cafes in Shipping Containers and a Pop-Up Park Bring Life to Desolate Omni West?

A repurposed shipping container serves as an outdoor bar at Cinquecento restaurant in Boston. (John Tlumacki / The Boston Globe)
If there’s one thing not lacking in the western reaches of Miami’s desolate but very-slowly-coming-to-life Omni district, it’s vacant land. So a city agency, neighborhood activists and the Pérez Art Museum Miami are collaborating to put some of it to good use right away. Their plan: to create a pop-up park on seven acres of state-owned land. Read more... Read more

The Case for Healthy Places: Improving Health through Placemaking

NYC Playground (Seth Sherman / The Trust for Public Land)
This new report from the Project for Public Spaces offers evidence-based guidance, recommendations, and numerous case studies to which health institutions, community organizations, and others can refer in order to create and support healthy placemaking initiatives. This study focuses on five key areas: Social Support & Interaction; Play & Active Recreation; Green & Natural Environments; Healthy Food; and Walking & Biking. Read report... Read more
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