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:
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.
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.
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.
Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.