Glass House Collective is seeking proposals from artists or artist teams residing in the United States for their Creative Placemaking Program. Grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to at least two artists or artist teams that address one or more priority areas identified by resident stakeholders. These include community engagement, neighborhood safety and beautification. All disciplines of art are eligible (i.e. performing, visual, literary, graphic design, etc.).

Glass House Collectives Call to Artists

Three artists or artist teams will be given studio space for a year in three historic buildings along Glass Street and receive up to $30,000 to complete place-based projects in the Glass Street district.

This news got my attention because they used the words, “community engagement”—a practice near and dear to me. I occasionally get to be involved in projects that champion the idea of community engagement, and have written about a couple of them on the blog: see Community Collaboration: School Mural Project and Cooperative Projects: Wake a Sleeping Dragon.

Funding for the Glass House grants project comes from The Educational Foundation of America (EFA), a national private foundation program that supports arts driven approaches to social and economic revitalization in depreciated communities.

“EFA believes that creativity has a vital role to play in urban revitalization. By partnering artists with deserving communities and nurturing their relationships, we feel we can answer civic needs in a way that will build local pride and promote the social vibrancy that comes from positive, community-based change.”

See the full call for proposals on the Glass House Collective website.

Note: I pulled a lot of the copy for this post straight from the Glass House web page. Credit for authorship should go to them.


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