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Expanded Arts and Culture grant opportunity stresses cross-sector efforts

Arts & Culture

Kresge’s Arts and Culture Program has expanded its grant opportunity for cross-sector, cross-disciplinary efforts under a new theme of Strong, Healthy Places.

The program will support cross-sector (public, private) and cross-disciplinary (health, environment, human services, education, and community development) initiatives that embed arts and culture into community revitalization. 

“Our goal is to expand creative placemaking activity and to understand its effect on physical, economic, social and cultural change in disinvested communities,” says Alice Carle, managing director of the Arts and Culture Program. “We’d like to see arts and culture become as central to equitable community revitalization as land use, housing, transportation and other more traditional disciplines.

 “We’re interested in supporting activities that test new approaches to the integration of arts and culture in other sectors and disciplines; and that identify lessons from current exemplary practices that advance cross-sector understanding,” she says.

“We’ve chosen the theme of Strong, Healthy Places to broaden our reach and suggest to other disciplines and sectors that we are interested in their work.  We hope that both arts and non-arts organizations can start to see themselves in this work.” 

Kresge works to expand opportunity for low-income people in America’s cities.  Its Arts and Culture Program seeks to build strong, healthy cities by promoting the integration of arts and culture in community revitalization.

Strong, Healthy Places grants will be awarded through the program’s Pioneering New Approaches focus area and through its Harvesting Leading Practices focus area.

The program team expects to award approximately 20 grants through Strong, Healthy Places this year.