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...is a ten-year collaboration among a number of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions. They envision a future of equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities in which everyone has a voice and agency in creating contextual, adaptive, and responsive solutions. Their mission is to position arts and culture as a core sector of community planning and development.
THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT
FOR THE ARTS
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.
MORTIMER AND MIMI
is dedicated to reinvigorating America’s public spaces through creative placemaking and creating opportunities for everyone to experience the performing arts. The need for more third places—those informal gathering spots outside the realms of home and the workplace—has become increasingly clear in today’s world and guides us in our community-driven efforts. Our goal is to reflect the best of American city life by creating community and social interaction among people of all ages and backgrounds; empowering cities across America to reclaim green spaces and reinvigorate public spaces; and ensuring the performing arts are accessible to all through high quality, free concerts.
FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
The Educational Foundation of America (EFA) is a family foundation. It was established in 1959 to preserve the lifelong altruistic commitment of its founders, Richard Prentice Ettinger and his wife, Elsie P. Ettinger. Today, descendants of the founder in generations three and four lead the Foundation. Together, they direct efforts to fund nonprofits working on efforts related to Creative Placemaking, Climate, Democracy, and Reproductive Health and Justice. Much of our work is focused in the Appalachian region of the United States, as well as the South and the Pacific Northwest. Outside of this work, the Foundation makes modest discretionary grants by invitation only.
METRIS ARTS CONSULTING
Metris seeks to provide high caliber planning, research, and evaluation services to reveal arts impacts and help communities equitably improve cultural vitality. To accelerate change, we seek to share knowledge and amplify the voices of those closest to the work.
THE CULTURAL PLANNING GROUP
Stated simply, creative placemaking is a revitalization strategy that marries arts development with economic development and community development. Creative placemaking is an opportunity for many American cities, both large and small. These cities are aware that they are in competition—for jobs, for business relocations, for creative young people, for tourists and visitors. Beyond these economic benefits, creative places make communities more livable for their citizens and reflect the diversity of our multicultural society. Successful creative places harness the energy and innovation of their citizens and build collaborative partnerships among government, business, education and the arts. We understand that cultural development is no longer limited to supporting artists and cultural institutions, and that synergistic partnerships foster vibrant, dynamic communities. Our practice identifies such collaborations to support creative placemaking for our clients.
Shelterforce is the only independent, non-academic publication covering the worlds of community development, affordable housing, and neighborhood stabilization.
Dedicated from the beginning to everyone working to empower and support low-income communities, Shelterforce provides a venue for conversations that need to be had—on topics from community planning to racial equity, housing affordability to homeownership, and the future of community development.
NJ STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS
In 1966, the legislature passed and the governor signed a law creating the NJ State Council on the Arts and directing us to do all that is necessary and appropriate to: support, encourage, and foster public interest in the arts; enlarge public and private resources devoted to the arts; promote freedom of expression in the arts; and facilitate the inclusion of art in every public building in New Jersey.
THE GERALDINE R.
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation is a private foundation based in Morristown, New Jersey. Established in 1974, we support arts, education, environment, informed communities, and poetry to connect communities and influence social change to achieve an equitable New Jersey.
The Lyndhurst Foundation identifies and invests in initiatives, institutions, people and programs that contribute to the long-term livability and resilience of the greater Chattanooga region.
New Jersey Community Capital is a nonprofit community development financial institution that provides innovative financing and technical assistance to foster the creation of quality homes, educational facilities, and employment opportunities in underserved communities of New Jersey.
NEW JERSEY HEALTH INITIATIVES
New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) is the statewide grantmaking program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The NJHI program office is located on the Camden campus of Rutgers University. This program office is funded through a grant to the Rutgers Institute of Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research.
NORTHERN NEW JERSEY
The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), a nonprofit, 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt organization, was founded by a group of Rotarians in 1998 before becoming its own organization, the Englewood Community Foundation. The Foundation gradually expanded its geographical reach to Bergen County and the surrounding region and in 2011 was renamed the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation. The mission of this regional resource is to improve community life through its work in education, public health, the arts, the environment, civic engagement, and philanthropy. Central to its success is fostering collaboration among local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profits, and community groups.
BONFILS STANTON FOUNDATION
Bonfils-Stanton Foundation strategically provides grants and fellowships to advance the arts and inspire creative leadership in Denver. Our foundation is richly steeped in Denver’s cultural history, but we are also a contemporary leader in fueling innovation and exploration in our creative economy. Each year we give more than $3 million to arts organizations and nonprofit leaders, because we believe these entities and individuals are critical to building and sustaining a vibrant community.
Colorado Creative Industries believes that creativity, imagination and innovation are critical for economic growth, community vitality, and educational success. We understand that, given the scale of Colorado’s creative assets, the nonprofit and commercial creative sectors combined can make the best case for the creative industry’s impact on the economy. Our programs and partnerships are dedicated to delivering high quality arts programming with a commitment to inclusion, access, and equity.
Founded in 1982, AMPA is an art services company in Denver, Colorado offering a broad range of knowledge and skills in the arts and culture industry. We are able to provide clients with customized services to improve public places and preserve arts and cultural assets.
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Creative Placemaking is a people-centered approach to building strong, vibrant communities. It helps communities achieve economic and population growth through cultural and entrepreneurial amenities, concepts, and catalytic projects. Our goal is to learn a community’s needs, help address their challenges, and collaboratively provide a comprehensive strategy, engaging partners when and where their expertise is needed. We work with communities to create quality amenities, figure out how to finance it, then help communities identify the talent and resources to build and operate them.
ACADEMY FOR THE
LOVE OF LEARNING
The mission of the Academy for the Love of Learning is to awaken, enliven, nurture and sustain the natural love of learning in people of all ages. We seek to encourage and cultivate the powers of critical thought, imagination, curiosity, innate sense of purpose, wonder and inspiration, and an ongoing awakening of the heart. To achieve our mission, the Academy exists as a non-profit educational organization developing and disseminating a transformative curriculum and methodology – our learning field inquiry approach to learning – through an integrated set of programs, conferences, organizational practices and research. The overarching intent of our work is to help stimulate and support the rebirth and renewal of learning and education in America. In the words of American poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, we are seeking to foster a perpetual “rebirth of wonder.”
THE JAMES IRVINE
In pursuing their mission, the James Irvine Foundation is guided by a singular goal: a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically.
Since 1937, The James Irvine Foundation has provided more than $1.87 billion in grants to nonprofits working across California, including $95.9 million in 2018. The singular goal of their grantmaking is a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically.
The California Endowment’s mission is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. They don’t focus on prescriptions. They focus on fixing broken systems and outdated policies, ensuring the balance of power is with the people. They don’t focus on the individual, they focus on the larger community as an ecosystem of health. They work with citizens and elected leaders to find lasting solutions to impact the most people we possibly can. The goal is simple: First, change the way people view health—from the notion that health happens in the doctor’s office to a belief that health happens where you live, work, learn, and play.
LOS ANGELES DEPT. OF
Formed in 1925, DCA promotes arts and culture as a way to ignite a powerful dialogue, engage LA’s residents and visitors, and ensure LA’s varied cultures are recognized, acknowledged, and experienced. DCA’s mission is to strengthen the quality of life in Los Angeles by stimulating and supporting arts and cultural activities, ensuring public access to the arts for residents and visitors alike.
DCA advances the social and economic impact of arts and culture through grantmaking, public art, community arts, and strategic marketing and development. DCA creates and supports arts programming, maximizing relationships with other city agencies, artists, and arts and cultural nonprofit organizations to provide excellent service to all residents and visitors in neighborhoods throughout LA.