ArtPlace America Finalist!

MainStreet Truth or Consequences is a Finalist for ArtPlace America’s 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund!

Extremely competitive national grant program will consider 70 projects  

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017,  ArtPlace America announced that MainStreet Truth or Consequences is one of 70 finalists for the 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund (NCPF).  ArtPlace selected these 70 proposals from 987 applications, making MainStreet’s project one of just 7% of the projects across the country to make this cut.

ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund is a highly competitive national program, receiving 987 applications this year. Investing money in communities across the country in which artists, arts organizations, and arts and culture activity help drive community development change across 10 sectors of community planning and development: agriculture and food; economic development; education and youth; environment and energy; health; housing; immigration; public safety; transportation; or workforce development.   

MainStreet Truth or Consequences proposed a Rainwater Harvesting Project in the downtown that would create the infrastructure to alleviate flooding hazards, turn rainwater into an asset rather than a hazard, and help reduce the elements that break down the pavement. “Flooding has plagued the downtown for 100 years. Working with local artists, while conserving our natural resources, and addressing this problem would be a win/win for Truth or Consequences,” stated MainStreet Executive Director Linda DeMarino. The application requested $179,000 which would provide the funding needed to make the downtown a safer, more beautiful place.

“The National Grants Program is actively building a portfolio that reflects the full breadth of our country’s arts and cultural sector, as well as the community planning and development field,” said ArtPlace’s Director of National Grantmaking F. Javier Torres.  “Knowing that these projects, and the hundreds of others who applied, are using arts and culture strategies to make the communities across this country healthier and stronger is inspirational

“We believe that these projects, when added to our tremendously strong portfolio of demonstration projects, will inspire, equip and connect members of the arts and culture field, the community planning and development field and those who are working to make healthy and equitable communities creatively across the country,” said ArtPlace America Executive Director Jamie Bennett.

The complete list of the 2017 finalists for ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund may be found here.

About MainStreet Truth or Consequences

Founded in 2009, MainStreet Truth or Consequences is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing the downtown by collaborating with local government, organizations, businesses, and residents. MainStreet utilizes the Four-Point Approach to make comprehensive and incremental changes while taking into consideration historic preservation and the unique cultural heritage.

About ArtPlace America

ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration among 16 partner foundations, along with 8 federal agencies and 6 financial institutions, that works to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.  

ArtPlace focuses its work on creative placemaking, projects in which art plays an intentional and integrated role in place-based community planning and development. This brings artists, arts organizations, and artistic activity into the suite of placemaking strategies pioneered by Jane Jacobs and her colleagues, who believed that community development must be locally informed, human-centric, and holistic.

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