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Creative Placemaking and the New Frontiers of Funding

Tuesday, October 8, 2:30pm – 5:30pm

Arden Theatre Company

Organized by Jeremy Nowak, Interim Director, ArtPlace America, and Dennis Scholl, Vice President/Arts, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Presented by Chris Beck, Senior Projects Advisor (Sustainable Communities and Philanthropic Engagement), USDA, Office of the Under-Secretary for Rural Development; Anita Contini, Program Lead, Arts and Culture, Bloomberg Philanthropies; and Joseph Furst, Managing Director, Wynwood, Goldman Properties.

At its heart, creative placemaking is a cross-sector undertaking. The partners of national funding collaborative ArtPlace America have made a commitment to not only support creative placemaking projects directly, but also to increase the sources of funding for arts-related activities. New investments by the private sector and federal government are being made because of the unique value proposition that creative placemaking offers.

This conversation will begin with a discussion on why these new partners are investing in creative placemaking. The conversation will then be opened to the audience to discuss how arts funders can increase their return on investment by helping grantees to identify and leverage new sources of funding.

Following the session, participants will go on a walking tour of Old City led by Sheryl Bar, Board Member, Old City District, and Rick Snyderman, Owner, Synderman Works Gallery.

Session Location:
Founded in 1988 and rapidly growing since, Arden Theatre Company’s mission is to bring to life great stories by great storytellers—on the stage, in the classroom, and in the community. Located in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood, which was recognized as one of America’s top twelve ArtPlaces in 2013, the Arden produces on two stages and operates a drama school for students, pre-K through 12. This offsite session will be held in the Arden’s new drama school facility, the Hamilton Family Arts Center.