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ArtPlace is a public-private partnership to promote the role of arts and culture in building livable, sustainable communities.

Announced on September 15, 2011, ArtPlace is an unprecedented collaboration of 11 of America's top foundations working with the National Endowment for the Arts and seven federal agencies. Its aim is to drive revitalization across the country by putting the arts at the center of economic development. Irvine awarded $2 million to ArtPlace in December 2010 in support of projects in California. Read more about ArtPlace on the ArtPlace website.

ArtPlace has now announced its first round of grants, investing $11.5 million in 34 locally initiated projects in cities from Honolulu to Miami. Each project supported by ArtPlace has been selected for developing a new model of helping towns and cities thrive by strategically integrating artists and arts organizations into key local efforts in transportation, housing, community development, job creation and more.

California projects that received funding include: San Francisco-based Intersection for the Arts ($777,000) and the Creative Work Fund ($183,000); San Jose-based ZER01: The Art & Technology Network ($500,000) and 1st ACT Silicon Valley ($500,000); Berkeley-based Berkeley Repertory Theatre ($750,000); Los Angeles-based Watts House Project ($ 370,000) and GOOD Design events ($85,000); and Woodland-based YoloArts ($63,000). Read more about these projects on the ArtPlace website and by reading the following news releases:

ArtPlace grants are given through the combined support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Robina Foundation and an anonymous donor. In addition to the NEA, federal partners are the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council.

To find out how to apply for an ArtPlace grant, visit The next deadline is November 14.