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Animating Infrastructure

Animating Infrastructure Grants support community projects that integrate art with infrastructure improvements. Through this program, the Council strives to demonstrate the positive impact of art in helping communities meet goals of livability, walkability, safety, economic vitality, and community vibrancy, and to support the creation of unique infrastructure projects where function and art are one and the same.

The Council’s definition of infrastructure is broad. It includes community facilities and services such as buildings, trails, water or sewer systems, roads, power systems, parks, and more.

Functional components of infrastructure—such as sidewalks, railings, benches, walls, signs, stairs, sidewalks, and tree grates in the built and/or natural environment—have the potential for artistic enhancement that creates unique places where people want to live, work, visit, and play.

For examples of fundable projects, look at this list of FY2019 grantees as well as these descriptions of sample projects.

Special Funding Opportunity

Public Art Design Grant

FY2020 grant funds are available to communities that are poised to integrate works of public art into upcoming infrastructure projects. The Council seeks proposals for projects that provide opportunities for artists to engage with community in the design of public art for an interior or exterior site that is accessible to the public. The design may be for temporary or permanent works of art. Guidelines.