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We received so many wonderful project ideas from artists across the country! We are no longer accepting new projects into this program, but please check out some of the currently fundraising projects below. 


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!

  • Portal City Fundraiser ~ Art, Music, Community Center!

    We are raising funds to open a bigger venue in Wilmington as a platform for creatives to connect with the community through events, retail, public art, workshops, and a well-equipt studio space. 

    NEEDS: $0 of 1,591 + Volunteers
  • Elizabeth City Mural

    This 16'x42' mural will welcome both locals and visitors to the historic "Pailin's Alley," which is home to a growing number of small businesses in downtown, Elizabeth City.

    NEEDS: $0 of 7,253 + Volunteers
  • KING 999

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

    NEEDS: $0 of 17,282
  • Rock the Rez (formerly Girls Rock Pine Ridge)

    Providing a safe space for Indigenous girls, Two-Spirit, Transgener, and Gender Non-Conforming youth to find their voice through music, community, and connnection.

    NEEDS: $0 of 4,160 + Volunteers
  • Farmworker Mural Meeting

    Lake Apopka Farmworkers Historical Mural

    This is to build farmworker pride with the creation of a mural that represents the farmworker reality: the joy, pain, resilience, and determination, the dignity in working hard and feeding America.

    NEEDS: $0 of 3,795 + Volunteers
  • Sofa Stories - Detroit

    A participatory theatre experience that aims to amplify the stories of young Detroiters who have experienced homelessness or housing insecurity and have resorted to couch-surfing as a means to survive.

    NEEDS: $0 of 5,246
  • Plaza Power!

    Support arts and culture programming for immigrant youth and communities in our first neighborhood plaza in Kensington, Brooklyn! 

    NEEDS: $0 of 6,894