Creative Placemaking - Call to Artists for the Downtown Chandler Crosswalk Beautification Project

In partnership with the City of Chandler, The Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP), is seeking an artist or artist team to design artwork graphics for pedestrian crosswalks at three crossings along Arizona Avenue in downtown Chandler. The selected artist shall create a series of design variations that reflect the unique identity, diversity, culture, and/or history of downtown Chandler.
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ABOUT THE PROJECT

The International Downtown Association and Springboard for the Arts are delighted to share new resources and projects to support creative placemaking partnerships between artists and local business initiatives. Today, Springboard and IDA launch the Guide for Business Districts to Work with Local Artists, and announce six new projects, including one led by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP), led by IDA member organizations, to implement creative placemaking projects in their community. This work is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts from its Our Town program.

IDA and Springboard are seeding six projects with $5,000 grants to support creative placemaking. Creative placemaking is the act of people coming together to change over-looked and undervalued public and shared spaces into welcoming places where community gathers, supports one another, and thrives.

The projects are in Chandler, AZ; Tempe, AZ; Santa Ana, CA; New Haven, CT; Oklahoma City OK; and Memphis, TN. These projects will take place in the spring of 2017 and are scaled to support local artists’ work in creating more vibrant and engaging local business districts. They will be documented on Creative Exchange.

ABOUT THE PARTNERS

International Downtown Association                                                     

The International Downtown Association (IDA) is the premier organization for urban place professionals who are shaping and activating dynamic city center districts. IDA represents an industry of more than 2,600 place management organizations, employing 100,000 people throughout North America and growing rapidly around the world. Founded in 1954, IDA is a resource center for ideas and innovative best practices in urban place management. Through its network of diverse practitioners, its rich body of knowledge, and its unique capacity to nurture community-building partnerships, IDA provides tools, intelligence and strategies for creating healthy and dynamic centers that anchor the well-being of towns, cities and regions of the world. For more information, visit http://www.downtown.org/.                                                    

Springboard for the Arts                                      

Springboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists, based in Saint Paul and Fergus Falls, MN. Springboard’s work is about building stronger communities, neighborhoods, and economies, and we believe that artists are an important leverage point in that work. Springboard for the Arts’ mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life. Our programming focuses on supporting the work of artists through professional development, health, and legal resources, and creating systems and programs for communities to connect to the creative power of their artists. We share this work nationally via our Creative Exchange platform (www.springboardexchange.org) and by freely sharing our work and creating connections among artists and communities, we work to make substantial, system-wide change. For more information, visit http://www.springboardforthearts.org/.