About PS You are Here

P.S. You Are Here

The Create Denver initiative through Denver Arts & Venues is proud to announce P.S. You Are Here, a pilot, citywide creative placemaking and neighborhood revitalization program that will cultivate collaborative, community-driven, outdoor projects in Denver’s public spaces.

Through creative and physical improvement projects in public spaces like parks, alleys, streets, sidewalks, courtyards, medians and stairways, our underutilized gathering spaces can become valuable assets, drive economic vitality, invite greater interaction between people, and foster healthier and more social and economically viable communities. These incremental improvements can be refined over the years to help us continue to strengthen our public spaces in Denver and to promote our vibrant communities as a destination to live, work and play. 

Please review the GUIDELINES and TOOLKIT and prior to filling out the APPLICATION.

PROPOSALS

The 2014 proposal submission form for P.S. You Are Here is now closed.

KEY REQUIREMENTS
• 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
• Projects must be on display for a suggested minimum of 3 months up to 1 year
• Projects must be highly visible, temporary or long-term physical improvements
• Projects must be free and open to all members of the public
• Grant recipients must match the grant award 1:1 with cash, donated goods and services, and/or volunteer hours (valued at $20 per hour)

CONTACT
For additional questions and information, please reach:
• Program Administrator, Create Denver: Lisa.Gedgaudas@denvergov.org
• Public Art Coordinator, Christina McClelland: Christina.McClelland@denvergov.org

BACKGROUND
P.S You Are Here is a partnership between the City of Denver’s Budget and Management Office and Denver Arts & Venues.

The program is designed to inspire innovative ideas by community members who themselves would be impacted by the projects. We encourage place-based, grassroots involvement from residents, artists, neighborhood associations, non- and for-profit organizations and businesses to claim, initiate and drive the creation of temporary, authentic demonstrations and activation of outdoor public spaces. These short-term, low-cost and scalable projects are intended to transform underutilized urban spaces, increase collaboration, honor heritage, build civic engagement, beautify neighborhoods, enrich communities and inspire long-term change.

In the spirit of Denver’s new cultural plan, IMAGINE 2020, and as we look to Denver’s future, we understand that public and shared spaces are key to enriching the social and personal health, happiness and well-being of our residents and neighborhoods. These short-term, low-cost and scalable projects are intended to transform underutilized urban spaces, increase collaboration, honor heritage, build civic engagement, beautify neighborhoods, enrich communities and inspire long-term change.

PROGRAM TIMELINE
Call for proposals opens:                             Monday, April 14, 2014
Submission deadline:                                   5 p.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014
Proposal review process:                             June 2014
Award Notification:                                       Mid-July, 2014
Funding & Implementation Period:              July 2014 – July 2015

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