TALENT MAKER CITY is a finalist for ArtPlace America’s 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund!!!

Extremely competitive national grant program will consider 70 projects  

(June 6, 2017) Today, ArtPlace America announced that Talent Maker City is one of 70 finalists for the 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund (NCPF).  ArtPlace selected these 70 proposals from 987 applications, making Talent Maker City’s project one of just 7% of the projects across the country to make this cut.

ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund is a highly competitive national program, receiving 987 applications this year. Investing money in communities across the country in which artists, arts organizations, and arts and culture activity help drive community development change across 10 sectors of community planning and development: agriculture and food; economic development; education and youth; environment and energy; health; housing; immigration; public safety; transportation; or workforce development.  

Talent Maker City (“TMC”) proposed partnering with local government to construct a new makerspace facility in Talent, OR to stoke hometown cultural and economic opportunity by establishing its downtown district as a regional epicenter of creative and technical innovation.

 For the City and its residents, including Talent Maker City's bustling makerspace as a component of the planned four-acre Gateway development, located in the core downtown district, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Talent to paint its future as a regional model for livability, culture, and sustainable economic growth.

“These seventy finalists are extraordinary examples of the ways that artists, arts organizations, and communities are thinking about working together,” said ArtPlace Director of National Grantmaking F. Javier Torres.  “We look forward to learning more about all of them, as we visit with them this summer.”

“Each of these projects has proposed something extraordinary and important,” added ArtPlace Executive Director Jamie Bennett.  “We would love to be able to invest in all of them, and know that choices ahead of us will be extraordinarily difficult.”

The complete list of the 2017 finalists for ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund may be found here.

Talent Maker City is working with community partners to build a makerspace facility in downtown Talent, Oregon. The nonprofit organization’s goal is to drive sustainable economic opportunity throughout the region by providing the facilities and resources to serve Southern Oregon as a hub for cultural and technical innovation, creative entrepreneurship, and STEAM-oriented collaborative learning for curious minds of all ages.

Talent Maker City is an inclusive, 510(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2016 to engage Southern Oregon’s diverse creative population as a means of building stronger, more connected, more prosperous communities. In March of 2017, Talent Maker City was named one of six official “Maker Cities” by Etsy.com for demonstrating a continued passion for empowering makers and a commitment to investing and improving the local creative economy. TMC’s  

About ArtPlace America

ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration among 16 partner foundations, along with 8 federal agencies and 6 financial institutions, that works to position arts and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.  

ArtPlace focuses its work on creative placemaking, projects in which art plays an intentional and integrated role in place-based community planning and development. This brings artists, arts organizations, and artistic activity into the suite of placemaking strategies pioneered by Jane Jacobs and her colleagues, who believed that community development must be locally informed, human-centric, and holistic.

Media contact: Ryan Wilcoxson (ryan@talentmakercity.org)