'Heart of the Community' Program Awards Placemaking Grants

Southwest Airlines and the project for Public Spaces continue their partnership on the Heart of the Community program, awarding placemaking grants to six cities around the country.

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April 25, 2015, 5:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


According to a post on the Project for Public Spaces website, "Southwest Airlines announced that non-profit organizations in six U.S. cities will receive Placemaking grants to help them reimagine and reactivate important but underutilized public spaces in their city."

The 2015 Heart of the Community grants are the second time grants have been awarded after the project's launch in 2014. The Project for Public Spaces describes the program's work so far: "After three successful pilot projects in DetroitProvidence, and San Antonio in 2013, the program has since supported Placemaking initiatives in Chicago, Houston, Baltimore, and San Diego. Today, on the heels of this announcement and in celebration of Earth Day, kick-off celebrations are being held on both coasts–in Baltimore’s newly transformed Pratt and Light Plaza as well as in the Plaza de Panama in San Diego’s Balboa Park!"

This year grants have been awarded to Albuquerque, New Mexico; Ft. Myers, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Portland, Maine; and St. Louis, Missouri. The Project for Public Spaces website includes links to information on each of the six projects award grants this year.

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