Anchorage, Philadelphia, Jackson and Los Angeles have each been given $3 million for placemaking projects through ArtPlace America’s Community Development Investments initiative.

Jamie Bennett, executive director of ArtPlace America, said, “Arts and culture are too often left out of community planning conversations … [The projects] will demonstrate the unique value that artists and arts organisations can bring to the full spectrum of community development priorities, including community resiliency, economic development, housing, open pace, public health, and youth opportunity.”

The aim of the cities’ projects is to connect placemaking to economic development and neighbourhood revitalisation, and the cities will research and document the projects so that lessons can be shared beyond each community.

The winning project in Philadelphia, Fairmount Park Conservancy, promotes the role of green spaces in improving city-dwellers’ lives, whereas the project in Los Angeles focuses on affordable housing development, social services and community organising and planning.

The projects are expected to begin in October.

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