Collinwood Rising: Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District receives $500,000 ArtPlace Grant
The Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District is fast becoming one of the top night-time destinations for Clevelanders, with an assortment of funky music venues, art galleries and independent stores. A $500,000 grant from ArtPlace, announced today, will add even more energy to a district that is already fast on its way to success.
ArtPlace funding will support the launch of “Collinwood Rising,” a collaborative effort to transform the North Shore Collinwood neighborhood by engaging artists in creatively combating urban vacancy and foreclosure at the community level. Central to the plan is reimagining vacant land into an artist-designed playground, converting a vacant house into an artist storefront and converting a vacant storefront into a performing arts incubator. It also involves the important task of engaging residents in reimagining vacant spaces through a yearlong series of pop-up events, gallery exhibitions and small artist-led projects.
Having a portfolio of strategies for revitalization with art at the core is central to the type of creative placemaking supported by ArtPlace, a collaboration of 11 major national and regional foundations, six of the nation’s largest banks, and eight federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S. To date, ArtPlace has raised almost $50 million to work alongside federal and local governments to transform communities with strategic investments in the arts.
"Across the country, cities and towns are using the arts to help shape their social, physical, and economic characters," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. "The arts are a part of everyday life, and I am thrilled to see yet another example of an arts organization working with city, state, and federal offices to help strengthen and revitalize their communities through the arts. It is wonderful that ArtPlace and its funders have recognized this work and invested in it so generously."
“ArtPlace’s investment in North Shore Collinwood is truly important not only for our neighborhood,” said Brian Friedman, Executive Director of Northeast Shores Development Corporation, “but for the entire city of Cleveland. This support will help us not only transform a number of vacant properties into meaningful community assets but will reframe how our neighborhoods think about vacancy and the opportunities we have to harness creative energy.”
ArtPlace received almost 2,200 letters of inquiry from organizations seeking a portion of the $15.4 million available for grants in this cycle. Inquiries came from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands. The 47 projects selected each take a unique and locally-focused approach to creative placemaking, from the creation of a Jazz and Heritage Center in New Orleans’ historic Tremé neighborhood to generate vibrancy and economic growth for the local community to ARTSIPELAGO, a comprehensive revitalization strategy that combines a number of unconnected arts and cultural initiatives in Eastport, Maine, for greater effect.
“These projects all exemplify the best in creative placemaking,” explained ArtPlace’s Carol Coletta. “They demonstrate a deep understanding of how smart investments in art, design and culture as part of a larger portfolio of revitalization strategies can change the trajectory of communities and increase economic opportunities for people.”
In September, ArtPlace will release a new set of metrics to measure changes over time in the people, activity and real estate value in the communities where ArtPlace has invested.
Participating foundations include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Robina Foundation, The William Penn Foundation and an anonymous donor. In addition to the NEA, federal partners are the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council. ArtPlace is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife and Morgan Stanley.
A complete list of this year’s ArtPlace awards can be found at http://www.artplaceamerica.org/articles/artplace-announces-47-new-grants/.