north collinwood wins $500k grant to creatively combat urban vacancy

When National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman toured Cleveland's arts districts last year, he blogged about how they were actively applying the principles of arts-based development and urban placemaking touted daily by the NEA.

Now ArtPlace, a creative placemaking initiative led by the NEA and others, has awarded Northeast Shores Development Corporation a $500,000 grant to engage local artists in creatively combating urban vacancy and foreclosure in Cleveland.

“This work is part of a national creative placemaking movement that, we believe, will have a profound and lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of communities throughout the country," said Ford Foundation President Luis Ubinas in a news release. The ArtPlace initiative is supported by a variety of national foundations, federal partners, and a $12 million loan fund.

Competition was extremely fierce. North Collinwood's application was selected, along with 46 other grantees, from over 2,000 applications across the country.

"Collinwood Rising will work with artists to establish replicable development models for artist space in older industrial cities, leveraging ongoing HUD and municipal investments," according to the NEA's ArtPlace news release.

"The investment will allow us to make targeted interventions in three vacant properties in and around the Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District," says Camille Maxwell, Real Estate Development Director with Northeast Shores. "These interventions are the conversion of a vacant lot into an artist-inspired playground; conversion of a vacant house into an artist live/work facility; and conversion of a vacant storefront into a performing arts incubator."

Source: Rocco Landesman
Writer: Lee Chilcote
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