By Shannon Ford, Director of Community Arts Development –
The FY 2018 Creative Placemaking competition has awarded 16 recipients that include organizations, cities and local governments.
In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, nonprofit and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of their neighborhood, town, city or region around arts and cultural activities or assets.
The Creative Placemaking grants competition was designed to help build stronger communities through the arts to enhance the distinctive character of local Tennessee places for positive economic and community outcomes. Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business visibility and public safety, increases tourism and brings diverse people together to build a shared understanding of culture and community.
The Commission’s allocation process involved a review by an ad-hoc committee that included national experts on creative placemaking and local leaders. The committee met on May 2, 2017, to evaluate all eligible applications based on published criteria. All grant applications were evaluated on a competitive basis, taking into account each project’s type, geographic location and the potential for sustained impact in rural or urban communities.