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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. 

  • Alaska BookMobile in space!

    Alaska BookMobile

    Help get our BookMobile up and running so we can explore what an Alaskan mobile library can be.

    NEEDS: $0 of 11,560 + Volunteers
  • Introducing The Tamir Rice Afrocentric Cultural Center

    Developing Tamir's Center

    Honor Tamir Rice by supporting the building and development of the Tamir Rice Afrocentric Cultural Center--a youth-focused community space for civics, arts, and healing.

    NEEDS: $0 of 30,741
  • Ceramics class at The Welcome Project


    Building Unity and Inclusion through Learning and Diversity: B.U.I.L.D. uses creative trades such as woodworking and ceramics to fight isolation and poverty through education, job training, and community

    NEEDS: $0 of 10,345 + Volunteers
  • Princess poses with Children

    Blessed: A Christmas Carol Adaptation Performance

    Black & Brown Theatre has been requested to perform a play for children whose parents are currently incarcerated through the Angel Tree Christmas Program at Fellowship Chapel in Detroit.

    NEEDS: $0 of 3,622 + Volunteers