P.S. YOU ARE HERE
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In April 2014 and inspired by Denver’s new cultural plan, IMAGINE 2020, Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver Arts & Venues launched P.S. You Are Here (PSYAH), a citywide creative placemaking and neighborhood revitalization program that cultivates collaborative, community-led outdoor projects in Denver’s public spaces. PSYAH funds help support creative, short-term physical improvement projects that aim to transform our underutilized urban spaces to increase collaboration, honor heritage, build civic engagement, beautify neighborhoods, enrich communities and inspire long-term change.
In 2018, PSYAH will fund $70,000 in grants, applicants can request up to $10,000 in funding per project. Grants must be matched 1:1 by applicants through cash or in-kind contributions (goods or services) or volunteer time.
Call for proposals: August 13 – September 21, 2018
Submission deadline: 5 p.m. on September 21, 2018
Award Notification: October 2018
To be eligible, primary applicants must be place-based entities such as:
- Registered Neighborhood Association (RNO) or neighborhood-based group
- Business Improvement District, Maintenance District, Business Association or Chamber of Commerce, etc.
- Art or creative district
- Business or placed-based organizations (non- and for-profit)
The following INELIGIBLE APPLICANTS may participate through endorsement or partnership with the above eligible applicants, but may not apply directly:
- Religious organizations, government agencies, political groups, district councils, hospitals, newspapers and schools
- Non place-based organizations, businesses, ad-hoc groups and individuals
- Projects must be located in an outdoor, public space within the City and County of Denver and be consistent with city policies and adopted neighborhood plans
- Projects must be on display for a minimum of 3 months up to 1 year
- Projects must be highly visible, free and open to all members of the public
PROJECT GOALS & OBJECTIVES
- Enrich the lives for Denver residents and visitors by integrating the arts, culture and creativity into daily life and neighborhoods that is accessible for all
- Foster community collaboration; Encourage partnership among artists, performers, businesses, organizations, and agencies, non- and for-profit
- Accelerate economic vitality, inspire neighborhood revitalization, and promote our vibrant communities as a destination to live, work, and play
- Inspire creative and innovative thinking and showcase locally cultivated talent
- Demonstrate cultural diversity, social equity, inclusiveness and accessibility for all through the engagement of arts, culture and creativity (in neighborhoods)
- Nurture and honor community identity and heritage, preserve and commemorate local and multicultural traditions, histories and diversity
- Create a sense of place and purpose
- Animate and rejuvenate public spaces
- Increase public safety and awareness
- Capitalize on community assets and identity
- Create public spaces that promote health, happiness and well-being
For additional questions and information, please reach Lisa Gedgaudas, Denver Arts & Venues