SARUP alums awarded national grant from ArtPlace America for Artery project.

Friday, June 14, 2013

beintween members: Jacob Bruni (M.Arch '12), Alan Wold (M.Arch '12), Rob Zdanowski (M.Arch '12), Keith Hayes (M.Arch '12).

ArtPlace America announces today the award of a $350,000 grant to the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE) initiative for ‘Creational Trails, a new program in Milwaukee. ‘Creational Trails was chosen from over 1,200 applications as an exceptional example of creative placemaking. ArtPlace America is a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks and federal agencies committed to accelerating creative placemaking – putting art at the heart of a portfolio of strategies designed to revitalize communities. This is ArtPlace America’s third cycle of grant awards and this grant is the second received by the Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC) from ArtPlace America. With this round of grants, in total, ArtPlace America has awarded $42.1 million in 134 grants to 124 projects in 79 communities across the U.S. (and a statewide project in the state of Connecticut). ‘Creational Trails will feature the development of interactive art projects in two areas in the city that will be focused on strengthening neighborhood connections. The two locations include the Artery, a former rail corridor two-thirds of a mile in length connecting the Riverwest and Harambee neighborhoods, and a 10-block stretch on West Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee. The temporary interactive art pieces will be located in residual spaces in an effort to stimulate foot and bike traffic in the area. ‘Creational Trails will be led by the GMC’s MiKE initiative, but project management will be contracted to two organizations already invested in these two locations: Beintween and Art Milwaukee. These organizations, along with Riverworks Development Corporation, Harambee Great Neighborhood Initiative, community organizers, neighbors, local government leaders and property owners, will work to reimagine the two corridors to strengthen their connections to the community. All art installations will be vetted by both the community and a professional group of curators led by the Milwaukee Art Museum. “Arts-related activity plays a key role in contributing to the kind of quality of place that attracts and retains talented people,” said Julia Taylor, president of the Greater Milwaukee Committee. “The MiKE initiative, Art Milwaukee, and Beintween have complementary strategies to make Milwaukee one of the most desirable destinations in the country for talent. We look forward to working together on another ground breaking project for our city.” “Creating flourishing places has the potential to generate additional innovation and economic activity, which broadly benefits the entire community,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “This project will be a real catalyst to energize many of the existing initiatives in these two locations.” “ArtPlace America recognizes the central role arts and cultural activities can have in the revitalization of American cities,” said Rip Rapson, chair of ArtPlace America’s Presidents’ Council. “With this grant award ArtPlace America is directing individual project support to scores of creative, high-impact projects throughout the country.” “ArtPlace America is also continuing to break new ground in drawing together some of the nation's leading foundations to think -- in a concerted way -- about how these kind of projects can become more widespread,” continued Rapson. A public information session for ‘Creational Trails will be held on July 15, 2013 at 6:00PM at OPEN MiKE, located within The Shops of Grand Avenue, Plankinton Building, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite #2145, Milwaukee, WI 53203. The complete list of 2013/2014 ArtPlace America awards can be found at www.artplaceamerica.org