Creative Placemaking Initiative
Creative Placemaking: Building an Arts & Cultural Economy
The Delta Regional Authority (DRA), in partnership with leading national arts and government organizations, launched its pilot Delta Creative Placemaking Initiative to strengthen the Delta economy and improve the quality of life for the region’s 10 million residents. DRA will contribute nearly $460,000 to stimulate economic and community development efforts through promoting the unique places, arts, culture, music, and food of our Delta communities.
Creative Placemaking Fosters Economic Development
- Revitalizes vacant and underutilized land, buildings, and infrastructure;
- Supports job creation in construction, local businesses, and cultural activities;
- Expands entrepreneurial ranks of artists and designers;
- Trains the next generation of cultural workers;
- Attracts and retains non-arts-related businesses and skills; and
- Enhances the quality of place and improves the quality of life for residents.
- In 2014, the arts and cultural sectors contributed more than $729 billion or 4.2% to the U.S. economy – in fact, the arts and culture produced more than some other sectors, such as construction ($619 billion) and utilities ($270 billion)
- Between 1998 and 2014, the contribution of arts and culture to the nation’s gross domestic product grew by more than 35%
- Spending on arts and cultural goods and services in 2014 reached $1.1 trillion
- Employment increased by 3.8% to support more than 1 million jobs in core arts and cultural production industries.
The Delta Regional Authority’s Creative Placemaking Regional Workshops will take place in June and July 2017 throughout the Mississippi River Delta region and Alabama Black Belt. These are designed to more deeply inform local elected officials, local development districts, economic development staff and leadership, and other non-arts sector decision-makers about the creative placemaking approach and DRA’s Delta Creative Placemaking Pilot Initiative. It is also intended to provide an invaluable training opportunity for municipal, county/parish, and economic development organization teams planning to submit proposals for the Delta Creative Placemaking Investment program. As indicated in the Delta Creative Placemaking Pilot Initiative NOFA, partnerships submitting investment applications are required to have principals attend at least one of these Regional Workshops.
|Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce||300 South 3rd Street|
|The Grange at Wilson Gardens||15 South Jefferson Street|
|July 6-7||Greenville, MS||E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center||323 South Main Street|
|July 10-11||Vicksburg, MS||Vicksburg Convention Center||1600 Mulberry Street|
|July 13-14||Tuskegee, AL||Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center||1 Booker T. Washington Blvd.|
|July 17-18||Arnaudville, LA||NUNU Arts and Culture Collective||1510 Bayou Courtableau Hwy|
|Workshop Schedule||Day 1: 8:30am - 5:30pm||Day 2: 8:30am - 12:30pm|
How to Apply
Local government entities, in partnership with at least one non-profit organization, can submit applications for Delta Creative Placemaking seed investments up to $30,000 beginning in May 2017. In addition to the seed investment, successful applicants will also receive up to 50 hours of coaching, mentoring and technical assistance to advance creative placemaking efforts in their communities.
Applications should be submitted at funding.dra.gov.
- Notices of Intent to Apply for funding are due Friday, July 21, 2017 by 5:00pm Central Standard Time
- Applications are due Monday, July 31, 2017 by 5:00pm Central Standard Time
- Awards will be announced in September 2017
For more information on the Delta Creative Placemaking Initiative and the application process, contact Alex Holland at firstname.lastname@example.org.