FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 30, 2016
Kansas City is one of seven applicants from around the country selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for a pilot program that will provide tailored assistance for creative placemaking projects. The Office of Culture and Creative Services’ (OCCS) winning proposal highlights an effort to integrate ideas of local artists and design professionals in the planning of public space for the City’s historic West Bottoms.
The Kresge Foundation, a national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and social investing, is partnering with the NEA to advance the OCCS’ ability to lead a project that results in positive short- and long-term outcomes. Local Initiatives Support Corporation National Creative Placemaking Program (LISC) and PolicyLink, will manage the program.
The West Bottoms Reborn project is a partnership between the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Kansas City Design Center, Historic West Bottoms, Unified Government of Wyandotte County and the creative community committed to this important phase of dynamic growth.
“The team is anxious to utilize the technical assistance resources and skills that will add strength to the project, and in turn, be a source of support for our peers around the country who are working through similar challenges, discovering solutions for comparable situations and celebrating successes around creative placemaking strategies,” KCMO Director of Creative Services Megan Crigger said.
Regina Smith, managing director of Kresge’s Arts and Culture Program added “Stronger, more collaborative partnerships that foster equitable and inclusive community development will help advance creative placemaking projects that improve the life circumstances of vulnerable populations and strengthen neighborhoods. We are thrilled to partner with NEA, LISC and PolicyLink to pilot this initiative.”
The OCCS, with the Kansas City Design Center as the project design team, was awarded the NEA Our Town Grant in May 2016 to begin a collaborative process involving artists, community stakeholders and city departments and policymakers to address infrastructure and public space needs through arts-based strategies, to facilitate the design and production of art in public spaces and shape policy that maintains the viability of artistic production in the West Bottoms.
LISC supports projects that revitalize communities by providing capital and expertise to community-based organizations. PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works®
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