Reading Terminal Market Receives 2015 ArtPlace America Grant
Published: Thursday, July 16, 2015
Written by Sarah Levitsky
Reading Terminal Market has announced that it is among 38 recipients of ArtPlace America’s 2015 National Grants Program. One of the nation’s largest philanthropies dedicated to creative placemaking, ArtPlace is investing $160,000 in a streetscaping project along the 1100 block of Filbert Street to further integrate arts and culture into the field of community planning and development. Reading Terminal Market will work alongside multiple stakeholders and the surrounding community to create a design vision and public space management plan to transform the bleak underpass that connects the Market with a multi-modal transit hub into a welcoming outdoor space for events and performances. ArtPlace selected Reading Terminal Market from a pool of nearly 1,300 applicants from across the U.S.
“Our goal is to develop a realistic, achievable plan with broad-based support that can transform a dark, unappealing block into a vibrant, hospitable space linking some of Center City’s most important places, creating outdoor space for events and performances at Reading Terminal Market,” said Jennifer Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs. Rodriguez, who also serves as Director At Large on the Board of Reading Terminal Market, gathered a group of representatives consisting of local artists, designers, architects and civic leaders to gather their input and develop a vision for the grant proposal.
The project includes piloting some early interventions and involving multiple stakeholders in the design process, including the Pennsylvania Convention Center, SEPTA, the Gallery at Market East, Center City District, the Redevelopment Authority, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, the Streets Department, Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, as well as the Market’s key arts partners.
“We are delighted to share this exciting news with our community,” said Anuj Gupta, General Manager of Reading Terminal Market. “While we know first-hand that deploying the arts can transform communities, having our work recognized by a grant from a national philanthropic initiative further supports and validates our efforts.”
“Investing in and supporting the arts have a profound impact on the social, physical, and economic futures of communities,” said ArtPlace Executive Director Jamie L. Bennett. “Projects like these demonstrate how imaginative and committed people are when it comes to enhancing their communities with creative interventions and thoughtful practices.”
"The National Grants Program is actively building a portfolio that touches each of the sectors and stakeholders that make up the community development field,” said ArtPlace’s Director of National Grantmaking F. Javier Torres. “Last year, ArtPlace developed a Community Development Matrix to help us better evaluate our success on this front. So, we're thrilled that this year's 38 grantees represent a dynamic spectrum of creative approaches and partnerships in community development that expand the dimensions of our portfolio."
This year’s ArtPlace America grantees were selected from nearly 1,300 applicants across 48 states and the District of Columbia. Grants range from $50,000 to $500,000 with an average of $265,000.
"Each one of these grants supports a geographic community: a collection of people who live, work, and play within a defined circle on a map,” continued Torres. “In each case, a community development challenge or opportunity was identified by local stakeholders; and these 38 grantees are serving as conduits for their community's desires by leading arts-based solutions through their projects."
To view the complete list of 2015 ArtPlace grantees, go to www.artplaceamerica.org.
About ArtPlace America
ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a 10-year collaboration of foundations, banks, and federal agencies that exists to position art 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. Visit www.artplaceamerica.org for more information.