By Esteban Duran
In October, the New York Community Trust named El Puente a recipient of the Edward & Sally Van Lier Arts Fellowship. The grant will fund three-year multidisciplinary fellowships for three El Puente youth artists. Each fellow will receive cash scholarships for professional training and mentoring in the arts.
The Van Lier Fund strives to create diverse and equitable access to the arts, and to develop the skills of talented young people in the arts.
Extremely competitive national grant program will consider 70 projects
On Tuesday, June 6th 2017, ArtPlace America announced that El Puente is one of 70 finalists for the 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund (NCPF). ArtPlace selected these 70 proposals from 987 applications, making El Puente’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.
El Puente proposed a project to revitalize the historic, yet declining, Moore Street Market in majority Latinx East Williamsburg, NY. Moore Street Market is facing a challenge: Developing an approach to economic development that preserves its historic, cultural identities and invests in its current residents, while preventing involuntary displacement and integrating newcomers and new industries. El Puente will work with the NYC Economic Development Corp. to engage vendors and artists to re-establish the market as a commercial space and an institution for cultural/civic engagement.
Photos courtesy of New York City Economic Development Corporation
“These seventy finalists are extraordinary examples of the ways that artists, arts organizations, and communities are thinking about working together,” said ArtPlace Director of National Grantmaking F. Javier Torres. “We look forward to learning more about all of them, as we visit with them this summer.”
“Each of these projects has proposed something extraordinary and important,” added ArtPlace Executive Director Jamie Bennett. “We would love to be able to invest in all of them, and know that choices ahead of us will be extraordinarily difficult.”
The complete list of the 2017 finalists for ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund may be found here.
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.