City Awards Initial P.S. You Are Here Project Grants

City Awards Initial P.S. You Are Here Project Grants

DENVER Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver Arts & Venues today announced the grantees of the $40,000 P.S. You Are Here creative placemaking and neighborhood revitalization program.

“From La Alma-Lincoln Park to Whittier and in neighborhoods across the city, these projects will create more livable communities for many Denver residents,” Mayor Hancock said. “Creativity on the street level helps take the everyday bricks and mortar of a city and turn them into places. By enlivening these places with art, we will help build stronger, more social and economically viable communities.”

Hancock made the announcement at Madame C.J. Walker Parker Park near the site of the “Whittier Alley Loop,” one of eight projects that were selected for funding.

Developed as part of
IMAGINE 2020: Denver’s Cultural Plan, P.S. You Are Here promotes arts, culture and creativity at the neighborhood level, enriching the lives of Denver residents in their own communities. Through creative and physical improvement projects in public spaces such as parks, alleys, streets and sidewalks, P.S. You Are Here projects will transform underutilized gathering spaces into valuable neighborhood assets.

“One thing we heard over and over during the cultural planning process is that people in Denver want to see more of the arts in their daily lives,” Denver Arts & Venues’ Deputy Director Ginger White said. “These first projects of the P.S. You Are Here program do just that, giving our neighborhoods new creative spaces in which people can gather and build even stronger connections with the neighborhoods and each other.”

The pilot program received 46 proposals, doling out grants ranging from $1,000-$7,800 to eight selected projects. The winning grantees match their city funding with cash, donated goods and services, and volunteer hours to create the temporary projects, which will be on display for three months up to one year.

Selected Proposals (grant amount and neighborhoods)
  • $5,000 – Art District on Santa Fe/La Alma-Lincoln Park
  • $6,500 – Athmar Park
  • $3,500 – Chaffee Park-Regis
  • $5,500 – Five Points
  • $4,000 – Globeville/Elyria-Swansea
  • $1,000 – Jefferson Park
  • $7,800 – La Alma-Lincoln Park
  • $7,000 – Whittier

For more information or questions about the program, please visit ArtsandVenues.com or contact Lisa Gedgaudas of Denver Arts & Venues at
lisa.gedgaudas@denvergov.org or 720-865-4260.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 (Archive on Sep 25, 2014)
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