July 21, 2016

15 Organizations Receive Collaborative Action Grants

The 2014 Collaborative Action in Greenwood, Miss, connected people through the question, "What's your GOODat?"

We are pleased to announce the recipients of 15 Collaborative Action grants of $5,000 each, to engage local voices in the creative placemaking process and advance long-term community goals.

Through a creative process that features honest conversations with people about the issues in their communities, collaborative actions promote community ownership, while fostering a sense of place that is participatory and culturally relevant. These small-scale, low-cost creative activities engage community members and focus on implementation.

This year we had over 110 organizations from across the U.S. apply for the grants, demonstrating the tremendous demand for community engagement and creative placemaking activities. We at Enterprise are committed to developing this capacity among our staff, partners, and the community development field at large, and we will continue to enthusiastically fund this work in the future.

Below are the collaborative actions to receive the grants:

  • Saturday @ the Square (A Community of Friends, Los Angeles, CA): A celebration of community, envisioning their future at a soon-to-be-developed vacant lot.
  • Oaktown Family Tree Mural (East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, Oakland, CA): A history of place collage, co-created at a painting party with youth, fine and graffiti artists.
  • Carnival for Design (Kounkuey Design Initiative, Los Angeles, CA): To create a community "carnival" that launches the participatory design process for a 5-acre park.
  • Sun Valley Youth Hub (Sun Valley Youth Center, Denver, CO): Sun Valley youth will be engaged in the design of a Youth Hub and a community bike rack program.
  • South Chicago Community Café (Claretian Associates, Chicago, IL): A community café that engages residents around coping with trauma to promote housing stability.
  • Expanding Safe Space at Bronzeville Community Garden (Urban Juncture Foundation, Chicago, IL): Address critical gun violence by working with key stakeholders to define and develop programs for peace.
  • Envision da Berry Community Billboard (Envision da Berry, New Iberia, LA): A series of community interviews and videos that result in a digitally projected community billboard.
  • Duck Mill Art Installation (Lawrence CommunityWorks, Lawrence, MA.): Engaging local artists and our design team to create art installations for a new housing development.
  • One Egleston Square (One Square World, Boston, MA): A place-based community education and action program for a diverse, sustainable and just Egleston.
  • Plates for Placemaking (A Better City, Boston, MA): Pop-up dinners facilitate a conversation about disempowerment within the placemaking field.
  • Journey to Justice Mobile Museum (Saint Louis University, St Louis, MO): A pop-up museum and art studio that bridges social justice and forgiveness.
  • District 16 Storytelling Project (Brooklyn Movement Center, New York, NY): Dinners and story circles for a podcast series about the future of public schools in District 16.
  • Hyacinth Community Based Collaborative Action (Slavic Village Development, Cleveland, OH): A collaborative action to engage residents in placemaking at Hyacinth Park.
  • Collaborative Growth: Food, Art, Community (Thunder Valley CDC, Porcupine, SD): The celebration of art, community and local food through the collaboration of Lakota youth, artists and the community at large.
  • Neighborhood Future (Thomas Jefferson Planning District Corporation, Charlottesville, VA): Local youth will create a 35-foot by 35-foot sculpture envisioning the future of their neighborhood.

We look forward to seeing these collaborative actions make a difference in their local communities and beyond.  Click here to see work from previous years.