ArtPlace America

2020 YBCA 100 Honoree

ArtPlace America was a ten-year collaboration among foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions that operated from 2011 to 2020. Their mission was to position arts and culture as a core sector of equitable community planning and development in rural, suburban, Tribal, and urban communities across the United States.

To strengthen the field of colleagues committed to enlisting artists as allies in building equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities, ArtPlace invested more than $150 million through their National Creative Placemaking Fund; Community Development Investments; cross-sector research; and Local Control, Local Fields initiatives, as well as creating resources for the arts and culture sector, local government leaders, and colleagues in higher education.

They acknowledge that they did not always get it right, and their reflection on that is here.