NWBRV has received funding from the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) for a Creative Placemaking initiative in the Woonsocket Island Place Historic District, home to the planned ARTech hub. The initiative will bring residents, artists, and businesses together for arts and culture projects that help transform the district into a vibrant center of economic prosperity. A recently launched Call for Artists provides residents with the opportunity to receive resources for arts and culture projects related to Placemaking in the district.
What is it?
Creative Placemaking is a tool that helps people and places prosper by advancing arts and culture-based development strategies, including:
- Community Cultural Development: The project will create opportunities for residents to express the unique culture and identity of their community through the arts as a way of building human and social capital;
- Physical Transformation: The project will create visible change in the physical landscape of the ARTech Campus and Island Place Arts Park to reflect and support community cultural development; and
- Economic Benefits: The project will help artists, arts-related businesses and other non-arts related businesses grow their income and assets.
Who is doing it?
The RI Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) was selected as one of 5 sites in the country to pilot the Creative Placemaking process with investments from the Kresge Foundation and now many other sources. The Island Place Historic District/ARTech Hub was selected, along with a Providence site, to demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach to community change. As the developer of the ArTech Hub, NWBRV serves as the lead agency and convener for the Creative Placemaking process. As the initiative progresses, we will work with networks of residents to ensure community perspectives are incorporated.
What does it all mean?
LISC defines Creative Placemaking as “residents coming together to make social, physical and economic changes in their neighborhoods through the arts and culture.” For NWBRV, this work will focus on how to create vibrancy and a sense of place during the development of the ARTech campus.
If you have an idea for an arts and culture project that could help activate the ARTech space, we encourage you to complete and submit the Call for Artists form. Funds awarded for projects range from $250-$5,000. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed at the end of each month. Applicants will notified be of their status by the 15th of the following month. Click the image below to fill out the application online, or download the application and submit via email.
Find a list of past and upcoming Creative Placemaking events here.
The NWBRV event space at 40 South Main Street will also function as a rotating gallery of work by regional artists. Information on the gallery and how to submit your work for consideration can be found here.