Jamie Bennett, executive director of Brooklyn-based ArtPlace America, visited Denver last week. He likes what he saw.
Backed by about 30 foundations, federal agencies, and banks, ArtPlace America has awarded more than $40 million in grants, including 2013 contributions to Junction Box, home to Wonderbound’s performance space, and OhHeckYeah in Denver.
Bennett is quick to point out that ArtPlace’s grants aren’t about art for art’s sake—they overlap with transit, public safety, and other facets of community-building. “The interventions are always arts-related,” he says. “The goals are community outcomes.”[...] More