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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!

  • Motor City Garden

    A safe place for people, plants and pollinators.

    NEEDS: $0 of 15,040 + Volunteers
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cleveland Rocks Shop music store

    Cleveland Rocks Shop

    Cleveland Rocks Shop is your gateway to discovering great local music, and keeping the music playing!

    NEEDS: $0 of 4,697
  • Product of Environment POE

    Writing plays to show life experiences to reach the community about so many things that people go through in life: homelesssness, depression, sucide, bad relationships, etc.

    NEEDS: $0 of 3,280

    Micro Museum of Experiential Art | Built by Ypsilanti Community High School students

    NEEDS: $0 of 9,578 + Volunteers