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Living Waters of Larimer Receives 2015 ArtPlace America Grant

$450,000 Grant Will Fund “The Well: A Water Celebration Park” in Larimer

The Kingsley Association announced today that it is among 38 recipients of ArtPlace America’s 2015 National Grants Program. ArtPlace, one of the nation’s largest philanthropies dedicated to creative placemaking, is investing $450,000 in Larimer to further integrate arts and culture into the field of community planning and development.

The Kingsley Association will work to implement community driven aesthetic/sustainable ideas that repurpose rain water and spark new business development in Larimer. The end result will be a unique multi-purpose public space that all members of the community and the City of Pittsburgh can enjoy. This project will draw attention to new and innovative solutions for storm water management and it will be a visible and functional celebration of nearly a decade of Larimer citizens working together for a sustainable future. ArtPlace selected The Kingsley Association from a pool of nearly 1,300 applicants.

the-well-workshop“The Well” project will feature a cistern/sculpture with a water/energy playground. It will be a gathering place, a physical symbol of the community vision of eco-centered redevelopment in the Larimer community. “The Well” will celebrate the community’s revitalization and emphasis on water harvesting, urban farming, and energy production. This project will focus on community involvement and decision making in the artistic and placemaking process. The stormwater stewardship interest in Larimer is being furthered by Living Waters of Larimer, a joint program of the Kingsley Association and the Larimer Consensus Group.

Something special is happening in Larimer, and this project is wonderful way to celebrate that. I’m thrilled to work in partnership with the Kingsley Association and ArtPlace America as we keep building momentum for this community.
— Mayor William Peduto

“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.

Living Waters Team Members Meet with Larimer Businesses

Since the spring of 2015, Living Waters of Larimer has engaged nearly a dozen neighborhood businesses and commercial property owners to discuss stormwater issues in our watershed. Property owners learned about the potential impact of green infrastructure projects, and how they could begin to collect rain water on their properties. Some businesses are pitching in by contributing goods or services to Living Waters to help us get educational materials to Larimer residents and to neighboring communities. East End Brewing hosted a meeting that brought a number of property owners and business owners into their space to learn about Living Waters of Larimer.

LWOL Meeting with Commercial Property Owners

 

Some of the local businesses and area organizations we have met with include:

  • Marcus Studio, Inc.
  • James Wood Works
  • Sculptor Jonathan Shapiro
  • GTECH Strategies
  • AE Works
  • East End Brewing
  • Broudy Printing

We are excited to maintain positive relationships with commercial property owners and to work with them on improving stormwater conditions in Larimer.