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Hancock unveils grants for art projects



  • Mayor Hancock unveils neighborhood art program.
  • It’s called P.S. You Are Here.
  • $40,000 in grants available first year.
Public art in Denver.

Public art in Denver.

Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Denver Arts & Venueston Monday launched P.S. You Are Here, what they are calling a creative placemaking and neighborhood revitalization program.

P.S. You Are Here was developed through public feedback gathered during the creation of Denver’s first cultural plan in 25 years, IMAGINE 2020.

“You told us that Denver is an arts town, and that you want to see more of the arts in your daily lives,” Hancock said. “P.S. You Are Here will create incremental improvements that can be refined over the years to help us continue to strengthen our public spaces in Denver and to promote our vibrant communities as a destination to live, work and play.”

Through creative and physical improvement projects in public spaces such as parks, alleys, streets and sidewalks, P.S. You Are Here projects will transform underutilized gathering spaces into valuable neighborhood assets, according to the city. Proposals for grant funding are due by May 30.

“These projects turn our public spaces into neighborhood-builders,” said Lisa Gedgaudas, who is managing the program on behalf of Arts & Venues’ Create Denver initiative. “They invite people to interact with each other, and they foster healthier, more social and economically viable communities.”

As a pilot program, P.S You Are Here will provide $40,000 in grants in the first year and will evaluate whether to expand in subsequent years.

Selected proposals will be awarded up to $8,000 per project and must be matched by grantees with cash, donated goods and services, and/or volunteer hours (valued at $20 per hour).

“We expect to fund five to seven projects in this first year,” Gedgaudas said.

Proposals are due by 5 p.m., Friday, May 30. Visit ArtsandVenuesDenver.com to learn more and to download the P.S. You Are Here guidelines, Toolkit and Applications.

Primary applicants must be a registered neighborhood organization or neighborhood-based group (including associations or business improvement districts, art and creative district, ad-hoc groups, businesses, and non- and for-profit organizations) based in the proposed project area.

Projects must be:

  •  Located in an outdoor public space within the City and County of Denver;
  •  On display for a suggested minimum of 3 months up to 1 year;
  •  And  Highly visible, temporary or long-term physical improvements.

P.S You Are Here is designed to inspire innovative ideas by community members who themselves would be impacted by the projects. In the spirit of Denver’s new IMAGINE 2020 cultural plan, P.S. You Are Here promotes arts, culture and creativity at the neighborhood level, enriching the social and personal health, happiness and wellbeing of Denver residents.

For more information or questions about the proposal process, please contact  Gedgaudas at lisa.gedgaudas@denvergov.org.

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