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 (PSYAH), a citywide creative placemaking and neighborhood revitalization program that cultivates collaborative, community-driven, outdoor projects in Denver’s public spaces. Denver Arts & Venues partners with The City of Denver's Budget and Management Office to provide PSYAH grants through capital improvement funding.
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 can transform our underutilized spaces, 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.
2016 PSYAH TIMELINE
Call for proposals opens: August 12
Submission deadline: September 30, 5 p.m.
Award Notification: Mid/Late October
Funding & Implementation Period: November 2016 – December 2017
Denver Arts & Venues is pleased to announce that in its second year, PSYAH will provide $66,000 in funding to the following 2015 grantees:
- Art Students League of Denver, Turn it Around: $5,000
- Birdseed Collective, Sun Valley Dumpster Beautification Community Art Project: $9,000
- Bluebird Business Improvement District, Iconic Colfax: Where People Meet the Road: $10,000
- Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK), Discovery Nodes at the Montbello Open Space: $7,500
- River North Art District, 38th Street Underpass Creative Lighting Intervention: $10,000
- The East Montclair Neighborhood Association, Colfax: Connecting the Community Through Art: $2,000
- Urban Land Conservancy, 303 ArtWay – 40th & Colorado Station Gateway: $10,000
- Urban Ventures LLC, Art in Motion: $7,500
- VSA Colorado, Youth Poetry on the Park: $5,000
The next round of proposal submissions will be open August 12 through Friday, April 30, 5 p.m.
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