Its been quite a week for me filled with good news. We are moving into our final workshop at San Quentin exploring the intersection of restorative justice and design, Artichoke released the talk I gave last year at Lumiere and the School on Wheels has started an incredible branding process with the Google Brand Lab and Ana Teresa Fernandez.
However the most exciting thing of all is that the School on Wheels is finally under construction!
This is perfect timing given that (June 7, 2016) Today, ArtPlace America announced that the Pop-up Resource Village is one of 80 projects that it will consider for its 2016 National Creative Placemaking Fund.
These 80 projects are 6% of the 1,361 initial applications that ArtPlace reviewed.
ArtPlace America’s National Creative Placemaking Fund is a highly competitive national program that invests money in communities across the country in which artists, arts organizations, and arts activity will help drive community development projects that are addressing challenges or opportunities related to agriculture and food; economic development; education and youth; environment and energy; health, housing; immigration; public safety; transportation; or workforce development.
Building on its School on Wheels Project and Women’s Shelter Bus, we proposed the development of an entire mobile resource village that will bring much needed resources to the Bayview Hunters Point community in San Francisco. I will partner with the founder of Pop-up Hood Sarah Filley and the San Francisco Sherriff’s Department’s 5 Keys Schools and Programs as well as many others to create this new prototype for social change.( The complete list of the 2016 finalists for ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund may be found here. )
For those of you who don’t know ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration among 16 partners 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.
I am so excited we made it to this final stage and look forward to keep the village moving!