Four Philly projects awarded ArtPlace America grants

Of the 54 creative placemaking projects awarded 2013-2014 ArtPlace America grants today, four went to Philly organizations planning to use art as a tool to activate public spaces and arts-based community development. Here are Philly's four winners in their respective categories: 

Using Art to Connect and Animate Communities

Enliven the 37th Street Pedestrian Walkway: Department of Making + Doing won $150,000 to enliven the 37th Street pedestrian walkway in ways that express the "creative production" of the partner organizaitons - Breadboard, Hacktory, Public Workshop and NextFab - at the University City Science Center.

Using Art to Spark Redevelopment

Penn's Landing River Stage: Delaware River Waterfront Corporation was awarded $310,000 to turn the Penn's Landing Boat Basin into a waterfront "River Stage" to enliven this public space through cultural activities.

FringeArts Plaza: FringeArts was granted $400,000 to build a plaza and performance space outside its new headquarters across from the Race Street Pier.

Using Art to Develop Civic Brand Stories

Destination Frankford: The Philadelphia City Planning Commission was awarded $335,150 to promote Frankford's creative assets through artistic signage and street furniture, a storefront space for artists, and an arts-related marketing campaign.

About the author

Ashley Hahn, Contributor

Ashley Hahn started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from September 2015 until July 2017. She holds masters degrees in city planning and historic preservation from PennDesign. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. She is proud to call 19147 home. 

Contact Ashley via email or find her on twitter: @ashleyjhahn.

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