Power House Productions awarded $250,000 ArtPlace grant for Skate House, Squash House, Play House.

Power House Productions, led by artists and their collaborators, will transform three vacant houses in Detroit’s Banglatown neighborhood into a series of active sculptural spaces, continuing their mission of integrating contemporary art practices into an underserved neighborhood. Skate House (Design 99), Squash House (Graem Whyte), and Play House (The Hinterlands) will build on previous work by PHP, strategically activating vacant houses as sites for art and engagement. The goal for these project houses is to become a series of destination spots and community hubs that will be active and open on a regular basis, particularly when artists are present and working.

ArtPlace an unprecedented private-public collaboration of nine of the nation’s top foundations, eight federal agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts, and six of the nation’s largest banks.

ArtPlace supports creative placemaking with grants and loans, research and advocacy. Power House Productions joins 47 creative placemaking initiatives nationwide supported by the collaboration this year, working to transform communities by driving vibrancy through investments in the arts.

“This new round of applications shows that there is serious momentum building for creative placemaking in the U.S.,” says Carol Coletta, president of ArtPlace. “These artists and designers are an undervalued asset for kick-starting momentum in our communities. And in this economy, it’s hard to imagine why any community wouldn’t deploy every asset it has for success.”

ArtPlace received almost 2200 letters of inquiry from organizations seeking a portion of the $15.4 million available for grants in this cycle. Inquiries came from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands. Last year, 34 organizations received a total of $11.5 million.

Finalists were chosen for their potential to have a transformative impact on community vibrancy. Proposed projects run the gamut from temporary art spaces to permanent performance venues, from music festivals to art walks and from streetscaping to artist residencies.

A complete list of this year’s ArtPlace awards can be found at artplaceamerica.org.

Participating foundations include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Robina Foundation and an anonymous donor. In addition to the NEA, federal partners are the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council. ArtPlace is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife and Morgan Stanley.