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Meet the 23 winners of Artplace America’s placemaking competition
Eli Dile   on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 12:00:00 am

Artplace America works to “strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities” by weaving arts and culture into community planning and development. The organization’s National Creative Placemaking Fund recently announced $8.7 million in awards for 23 community-building initiatives from around the United States. Highlighted here are some of the winning programs, which may get the creative juices flowing for ideas in your community.

Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, Mass.: The council will partner with a local radio station and neighborhood groups to create a studio for young adults to pursue music, radio, podcast, sound production, and digital media projects.

Southwest Folklife Alliance, Nogales, Ariz.: A residence of former Arizona Governor Raul Castro will be transformed into an arts incubator that will offer workforce and economic development programming for local youth.

Appalachian Artisan Center of Kentucky, Hindman, Ky.: The center is combating the opioid epidemic through workforce programs that teach traditional craft instrument building and performance.

The Village of Arts and Humanities, Philadelphia, Pa.: The project will convert two vacant row homes into a center for residents, artists, and law enforcement to brainstorm non-confrontational public safety strategies.

Myrna Loy Center, East Helena, Mont.: The organization is launching a culinary arts training program rooted in the city’s Eastern European heritage and synching with the region’s tourism agenda.

The Charleston Rhizome Collective, Charleston, S.C.: To give small businesses a leg up in a booming city, local artists will design a mobile app that publicizes community art events.

A full list of winners is available here.

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