Pittsburgh, PA — January 16, 2013: City of Asylum/Pittsburgh has been named a finalist in the application process for grants from ArtPlace, an initiative to accelerate creative place-making across the U.S. through grants and loans, research, communication and advocacy. Selected from more than 1200 applications, City of Asylum/Pittsburgh is one of 104 finalists and the only Pittsburgh organization to be named as a finalist this year. Grant recipients will be announced in May.

“We’re delighted to be able to move forward in a highly-competitive process toward an ArtPlace grant,” said Henry Reese, Co-founder and President of City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. “It’s an honor to be among such an exemplary, national group of peer organizations. If we are named a recipient, we look forward to using the grant in support of programming and initiatives that contribute to the quality of life and the development of community among writers, readers and neighbors on the Northside.”

ArtPlace is a collaboration of 13 leading national and regional foundations and six of the nation’s largest banks. ArtPlace also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council.

“In this third ArtPlace funding cycle, the proposals just keep getting stronger,” noted Carol Coletta, director of ArtPlace. “It is testimony to the growing interest in creative placemaking across the country, as well as the capability of artists and their community partners to do this work.”

The selected applicants represent the best of the 1,225 letters of inquiry from across the country. Inquiries came from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa. Finalists were chosen for their potential to transform communities through placing art and culture at the heart of portfolios of integrated strategies that drive vibrancy and diversity.

A complete list of finalists is available at the ArtPlace website.

About City of Asylum/Pittsburgh
Founded in 2004, City of Asylum/Pittsburgh fosters freedom of expression, social justice and community development through our writer residencies, publications, and literary programs. From our home on Pittsburgh’s Northside, City of Asylum’s programs and activities impact people on our street, in our city, and around the world. We publish Sampsonia Way magazine (www.sampsoniaway.org), the online journal of free expression, which carries out our mission by gathering and serving a global community online. City of Asylum/Pittsburgh is a model for arts-based community development, bringing writers, readers and neighbors together through literature and cultural exchange.
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