Included in this year’s recommendations are ten previous NCPF finalists, one Community Development Investments’ (CDI) finalist, and one previous NCPF grantee. 63% of people who applied were first time applicants. We have noticed an increase in regional projects; many working collaboratively across adjacent rural communities. Many of the rural projects included requests for improving or bringing broadband access to communities to increase economic opportunity. There has also been a sustained interest in water projects that, this year, focused on its use and preservation.
ArtPlace worked with 48 external readers who reflected both the demographic diversity of the country, as well as that of the arts and culture and community development sectors. 65% who self‐identified as artists, and 52% either lived in or had significant experience working in rural communities.
Each finalist will now complete a more extensive application and schedule a site visit with a peer expert and an ArtPlace staff member. These peer experts will come together as an in-person panel to make recommendations this fall for this round of the National Creative Placemaking Fund.
To date, ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund has invested $77 million in 256 projects across 187 communities of all sizes.
The complete list of 2017 finalists can be found here.
A complete list of our National Creative Placemaking Fund investments to date can be found here.