P.S. You Are Here

About P.S. You Are Here

In April 2014 and inspired by Denver’s Cultural Plan, Denver Arts & Venues launched P.S. You Are Here (PSYAH), a grant program supporting neighborhood-based community-led projects that activate city-owned, outdoor public spaces. PSYAH projects build civic engagement, honor heritage, beautify neighborhoods, and enrich communities.

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2021-2022 Timeline

•    Call for proposals: October 15 – November 12 (DEADLINE is NOV. 12)
•    Award Notification: Week of December 6, 2021

Grants for PSYAH projects are up to $10,000. Denver Arts & Venues aims to fund 5-10 projects for 2021-2022 activation.

Applications for our 2021-2022 funding cycle are now closed. Please check back to learn more about the grant and when to apply for 2022 funds. 

 

PROGRAM GOALS 

•    Enrich the lives of all Denver residents and visitors by integrating arts, culture and creativity into daily life 
•    Foster community collaboration and encourage partnerships among artists, performers, businesses, organizations, and agencies, non- and for-profit
•    Promote our vibrant and diverse communities as destinations to live, work, and play
•    Inspire creative and innovative thinking 
•    Showcase locally cultivated talent
•    Demonstrate cultural diversity, social equity, inclusion and accessibility through the engagement of arts, culture and creativity in neighborhoods
•    Nurture and honor community identity and heritage
•    Create a sense of place, purpose and belonging
•    Animate and invigorate public spaces
•    Celebrate community assets 
•    Create public spaces that promote health, happiness and well-being

What is a PSYAH Project?

A PSYAH project must be led by an individual, entity or organization that is connected to the neighborhood where the project will be implemented. PSYAH projects should be physical in nature and be on display in a public space from three months up to one year. These can include but are not limited to: design interventions, community projects, artistic interpretations and public art, streetscaping, landscaping, and functioning public amenities such as decorative benches, tables and bicycle racks.
Please note:
•    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
•    Public space is defined as an area that is accessible, free and open to the public, such as an alley, park, plaza or street
•    Projects must be on display for a minimum of 3 months and up to 1 year (timelines may be flexible on a case-by-case basis)
•    Exemplifying the PSYAH grant program’s goals, applicants are encouraged to have highly collaborative partnerships and inclusive engagement strategies in their communities
•    Proposals can be conceptual and do not need to identify all details regarding implementation and permitting specifics (e.g. insurance needs, precise location details, design qualifications, etc.). Grant recipients will receive guidance from the P.S. You Are Here committee to facilitate these implementation areas for their projects
•    Projects can take place in multiples sites or spaces within a Denver corridor or neighborhood
•    Comply with applicable design standards for accessibility based on the Americans with Disability Act (ADA)
•    Please visit our guidelines and toolkit to help you through your process
Applicants should clearly respond to the following question: Why is your proposed project relevant to the community and public space for which it was conceived, and what do you hope to achieve?

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

To be eligible, primary applicants must be connected to the neighborhood and identify as: 
•    Neighborhood-based group 
•    Registered Neighborhood Association (RNO) 
•    Business Improvement District, Maintenance District, Business Association or Chamber of Commerce, etc.
•    Art or creative district
•    Placed-based organization or business (non- and for-profit)
•    An individual that resides or works in the neighborhood
•    An individual working with one or more of the above

Non place-based organizations, businesses, ad-hoc groups and individuals may participate through a partnership with the above eligible applicants, but may not apply directly.

CONTACT

For additional questions and information, please reach Brendan Picker, Denver Arts & Venues
Brendan.Picker@denvergov.org
720-865-5563

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