About PS You are Here

P.S. You Are Here

In April 2014, Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver Arts & Venues launched P.S. You Are Here, a citywide creative placemaking and neighborhood revitalization program that will cultivate collaborative, community-driven, outdoor projects in Denver’s public spaces.

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 creative, short-term physical improvement projects in public spaces like parks, alleys, streets, sidewalks, courtyards, medians and stairways transform our underutilized urban spaces to increase collaboration, honor heritage, build civic engagement, beautify neighborhoods, enrich communities and foster healthier and more social and economically viable communities that inspire long-term change.

In 2014 P.S. You Are Here provided $40,000 in grants to seven community-lead groups in the City of Denver including Redline, La Alma Neighborhood Association, Whittier Neighborhood Association, Chaffee Park, Athmar Park, Access Gallery, BirdSeed Collective and Jefferson Park. Arts & Venues is excited to announce that these projects are now underway for 2015.

PROGRAM TIMELINE

The 2015 proposal submission form will be open early spring 2015, please review the GUIDELINES and TOOLKIT.

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 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
  • Grant recipients must match the grant award 1:1 with cash, donated goods and services, and/or volunteer hours (valued at $20 per hour)

BACKGROUND

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

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

CONTACT

For additional questions and information, please reach:
Program Administrator, Create Denver: Lisa.Gedgaudas@denvergov.org, 720-865-4260