Our new event series pairing creative teams with urban challenges kicks off in Portland, Oregon on February 16.
A few months back we announced the expansion of GOOD Ideas for Cities, which taps creative problem solvers to tackle real urban challenges and present solutions at live events across the country. Thanks to our partnership with CEOs for Cities and a generous grant from ArtPlace, we're taking the program to five mid-sized cities in 2012, starting with Portland, Oregon and St. Louis, Missouri.
ArtPlace is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts and 11 top foundations—including the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies—that are combining forces to accelerate the work of creatives who are improving their cities. 34 local projects in cities across the country, ranging from a Detroit street that's being converted into a cultural center to a high-tech, socially-focused urban redevelopment project in San Francisco, will share $11.5 million in grants. You can read more about the initiative in The New York Times, and you can even apply to be a part of it: ArtPlace is already looking for its next round of grantees.
When the worlds of creativity and problem-solving intersect, you sometimes get beautifully practical results. That’s why we asked eight creative teams to present solutions to eight city problems—from how we move across the city to finding out where our food comes from—proposed by a group of Los Angeles urban leaders. The goal is two-fold: to show creatives as large-scale problem solvers that should be tapped by local government, and to demonstrate that some of the best civic ideas can come from outside City Hall.