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Due to the high number of awesome project ideas we've received, we have currently paused accepting new applications. Please check back here in early March for more information. 


Across America, artists are stepping into civic life and using their skills to creatively address local issues. In creative placemaking, artists act as partners in community development,  working closely with residents, community partners, or local government to help build a thriving community for all.   

Are you a creative person working with residents of your neighborhood, town, or city to make positive change? Fundraise for your idea with ioby and you could get your dollars doubled through the Artists Lead! match program. 

Artists Lead! supports creative people with great ideas for collaborative solutions to community needs. This unique opportunity gives one-on-one fundraising support and up to $15,000 in match funding to bring your creative placemaking project to life. 

See if you’re eligible, or learn more.

Learn More 

What is creative placemaking? Creative placemaking is an evolving field and practice. In it, artists are change-agents and arts and culture is leveraged to drive community change. Creative placemaking is specific to a geographic community--whether a small town, rural region, or city neighborhood--and helps improve social, economic or physical aspects of life for residents of that place.

Looking for support as you get started on a project? We’ve got your back. 

These FAQs answer our most commonly asked questions, and we'll be offering many online and in-person training opportunities. 

View a recording  of our previous  info session with ArtPlace covering everything you need to know about the Artists Lead! match opportunity and eligibility criteria.  

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Support a Project 

Give to a project below to have your donation doubled! Start a project of your own to be featured here. 

  • KING 999

    Professional neighbors reclaim space for an affordable artist residency and 3D printing lab

    NEEDS: $0 of 17,282
  • Artists Lead! BUGS Community Market

    Support our students to launch the BUGS Community Market that will feature projects, performances, and local produce to connect with people of all ages about growing an equitable, healthy, and sustainable community.

    NEEDS: $0 of 36,935
  • Topsy illustrations created with ps139 students focused on promoting positive actions

    Topsy for Tolerance

    Addressing community intolerance with community creativity through murals and sculpture

    NEEDS: $0 of 8,460 + Volunteers