Cultural Corridor Consortium Portal

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About the Cultural Corridor Consortium

T4A believes that incorporating participatory artistic and cultural practice into the planning and building of transportation projects results in projects that better serve local communities, cultivate local champions, build local capacity, and reflect community culture and values. This new approach avoids doing transportation work to or on communities, instead cultivating a posture of investing in transportation in partnership with communities. It transforms stale, often poorly attended community meetings with a much more engaging approach. There’s been a surge of interest around the country in this approach, as communities have developed strategies to be more responsive to their transportation needs and the unique cultural characteristics of place, while striving to answer the following questions:

  • How can cities and regions turn small- and large-scale transportation investments planned for diverse and rapidly changing areas into assets that improve community stability, economic opportunity, and social equity?
  • How can these transportation investments transform neighborhoods in a positive way by building social capital, supporting local businesses, and celebrating the stories, cultural history, and diversity of existing residents rather than displacing them?

Successfully implementing creative placemaking strategies could help  answer these important questions by sparking public engagement that facilitates the difficult — but necessary — conversations required to create better projects that more fully serve the needs of these communities, and reflect what makes them unique in the first place.

Beginning with the production of The Scenic Route, our guide to creative placemaking in transportation and enabled with support from the Kresge Foundation, we’ve been working to educate our members on the benefits of this approach, highlight exemplary projects, and fund pilot projects around the country. Our inaugural funding through the Cultural Corridor Consortium program currently supports projects in Nashville, San Diego, and Portland, OR. For more information about these projects, led by Conexión Américas, Circulate San Diego, and the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, as well as numerous other public, private, and nonprofit partners, visit this blog post about the work currently underway in each city.

To further support this work, T4A seeks to fund catalytic projects in three new cities that engage residents, attract the attention of local public works and transportation agencies, and spark new conversations that facilitate new multi-sector approaches to local transportation investments and street design. We’re especially interested in funding collaborative projects that expand transportation opportunities and local control for low income people, recent immigrants, and people of color living in disinvested communities.

Timeline

  • Request for proposals issued – April 27, 2017
  • Informational webinar – 4:00pm EST, May 11, 2017
  • Deadline to apply – 5:00 p.m. EST, June 2, 2017
  • Applicants notified about grant awards – by end of June, 2017
  • Grant period begins – August 1, 2017
  • In-person meeting – winter/spring 2018
  • Grant period ends – July 31, 2018

Funding amount

$50,000*

+ travel and accommodations for two team members to participate in an in-person meeting

+ support for photo and video documentation

(*$10,000 awarded after signing of MOU; $20,000 awarded after submission of interim report and expense report due 1/31/18; $20,000 awarded after submission of final report and expense report due 7/31/18)

Number of grants to be awarded

3

Grant period

August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2018

Technical assistance

T4A’s arts and culture team will provide guidance to assist the awarded organizations in selecting, implementing and evaluating creative placemaking strategies that address transportation challenges and opportunities. Additional T4A staff will be available to provide expertise in areas of transportation policy, design, and advocacy as appropriate.

Cultural Corridor Consortium (3C) peer learning

  • Grantees will join T4A’s Cultural Corridor Consortium network and, through bi-monthly online video meetings, will learn from past 3C grantees, T4A staff and partners, while sharing challenges and lessons learned with their peer grantees.
  • Grantees will also participate in an in-person convening with T4A staff in early 2018 (dates and location TBD)

Desired outcomes

Through the 3C grant program, T4A aims to:

  • advance artistic and cultural practice as a strategy that transportation agencies will adopt to strengthen community involvement in transportation decision making, facilitate productive community/agency meetings, and support community-driven infrastructure investments
  • secure commitments from local transportation agencies and/or MPOs to adopt and develop creative placemaking programs
  • plan and implement creative placemaking pilot projects in low-income corridors with planned transportation investments that serve as prototypes for future investments
  • equip stakeholders to work across sectors to achieve shared goals
  • strengthen local capacity to lead projects and continue creative placemaking and transportation projects after granting period
  • support projects that have a place-based strategy, a defined geographic area (could be a single intersection, a multi-city region, or something in between), a clearly identified transportation challenge or opportunity, and a proposed artistic strategy to address the transportation challenge/opportunity

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