P.S. You Are Here
P.S. YOU ARE HERE
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, a citywide creative placemaking and neighborhood revitalization program that cultivates 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, and sidewalks transform our underutilized spaces and increase collaboration, honor heritage, build civic engagement, beautify neighborhoods, enrich communities and foster healthier, more social and economically viable communities that inspire long-term change.
In 2014 P.S. You Are Here provided $40,000 in grants to eight community-lead groups in the City of Denver including Redline, La Alma Neighborhood Association, Whittier Neighborhood Association, Chaffee Park, Athmar Park Neighborhood Association, VSA/Access Gallery, BirdSeed Collective and Jefferson Park Business Improvement District. Arts & Venues is excited to announce that these projects are now underway for 2015, you can see them here.
The 2015 proposal submission is open Monday, August 3 through Friday, September 18
2015 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS & OVERVIEW
- Call for proposals opens: Noon on Monday, August 3
- Submission deadline: 5 p.m. on Friday, September 18
- Proposal review process: October 2015
- Award Notification: Early November, 2015
- Funding & Implementation Period: Varies
2015 PROGRAM BUDGET
The City of Denver’s Budget and Management Office and Denver Arts & Venues partnered to develop P.S. You Are Here through capital improvement funding. In 2015, the P.S. You Are Here program will fund $65,000 in grants.
- Funding request may be up to $10,000 per project
- Grants must be matched 1:1 by applicants through cash or in-kind contributions (goods or services), volunteer time by a professional (valued at $20/hour)
- The required match does not need to be confirmed at the time of application but must be verified prior to the funding and implementation period.
- Crowdfunding and fundraising through community engagement activities is encouraged
- The 2015 funding goal is 6-10 projects
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