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DC Offic ce of Planning Receives s $250,000 from r Private‐ ‐Public Colla aboration to o Revitalize America’s Ci A ities and Towns w
[Wa ashington, DC, September 19, 2011] – In an innovat tive developm ment that is a affecting the D District of Col lumbia as well as some two dozen othe er cities and to owns across t the nation, th he DC Office o of Planning ha as received a grant of 50,000 from a an unprecede ented new pri ivate‐public c collaboration, , ArtPlace (ww ww.artplacea america.org). $25 w initiative of f 11 of Americ ca’s top found dations working in conjunction with the National En ndowment ArtPlace is a new for the Arts and seven federa al agencies. It ts aim is to drive revitalizat tion across th he country by y putting the a arts at the cen nter of economic developm ment. ArtPlace has announ nced its first r round of gran nts, investing $11.5 million n in 34 loca ally initiated projects in cit ties from Hon nolulu to Miami. Each project supported by ArtPlace e has been selected for dev veloping a new w model of h helping towns s and cities thrive by strate egically integr rating artists and arts orga anizations into o key local eff forts in transp portation, ho ousing, community develop pment, job cr reation and m more. The e DC Office of f Planning (OP P) plans to cre eate Arts and d Culture Tem mporiums in fo our emerging g creative neighborhoods, where vacan nt and/or und derutilized sto orefronts and empty lots w would be transformed into o an artist sho owcase/village for 3‐6 mon nths. The targ get neighborh hoods are: Br rookland, Ana acostia, Deanwood, and Ce entral 14th Stre eet, NW, which would leve erage OP’s co ompleted Creative DC Action Agenda an nd Small Area a Plans for tho ose neighborhoods. Artists would transform t the spaces int to multi‐dime ensional and multipurpose e uses (e.g. ga allery for visu ual artists, pe erforming arts s space, production space, , etc). The goa al is to find 2‐ ‐3 blocks with h both vacant t buildings and d empty lots in close proximity that cou uld be comple etely transfor rmed and promote artist e entrepreneurs ship and com mmunity build ding in the pr rocess. “OP P is very excit ted to be sele ected as a grant recipient f for ArtPlace,” said Harriet T Tregoning, Director of the e DC Office of P Planning. The ArtPlace grant will great tly assist the D District in imp plementing th he Creative D DC Action Agenda. DC’s
creative economy comprises 10% of the city’s employment base, and it generates more than $5 billion in income. “The arts are a vital economic driver in DC, said Director Tregoning. “Artists, creative businesses, cultural nonprofits and government partners all play important roles in strengthening the District’s economy.” “Economic development historically has been about bagging the buffalo—competing for the big employer to move operations to your city,” said Carol Coletta, President of ArtPlace. “But now we know the economic development game is all about how you deploy local assets to develop, attract and keep talent. So why would you not deploy every asset you have—including artists and the arts—to do that? That’s what ArtPlace is all about.“ ArtPlace grants are given through the combined support of 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 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. Federal partners do not provide funding to ArtPlace but participate in the ArtPlace Presidents’ Council and Operating Committee meetings, ensuring alignment between high‐priority federal investments and policy development and ArtPlace grants. For more information, please visit the ArtPlace website www.artplaceamerica.org or contact Kimberly Driggins Associate Director for Citywide Planning at (202) 442‐7600.
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