Livable Neighborhoods Program: 2017 Request for Proposals

With support from the New York Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) is seeking applications from community-based partners interested in leading creative and cultural asset-based placemaking efforts in their neighborhoods. Please see the resources below for more information about creative placemaking and how it can help foster economic development and enhance livability.
Selected applicants will work with MAS staff to develop and deliver two public workshops that will educate and engage their neighbors in the theory and practice of creative placemaking within the context of land-use planning in New York City, and the City’s first ever comprehensive cultural plan: CreateNYC.

MAS will provide selected applicants with small workshop budgets and participation stipends, as well as tools and guidance to support their management of workshop agendas, outreach and logistics. MAS staff and program partner Leo Vazquez, Executive Director of the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, will provide workshop content and facilitation.

Applications will remain open until Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Selected applicants will be notified in early March and must commit to one meeting and a series of planning calls leading up to two public workshops to be held in April and May.

Following participation in the workshop series, partners will be invited to join MAS’s Livable NYC Exchange, a network of LNP alumni and peer capacity building organizations. New Livable NYC Exchange members will be offered a free one-year membership to MAS, including invitations to public programs and events throughout the year.

Successful applicants will include community leaders of many varieties including staff and volunteers with community-based organizations, engaged local residents and business owners, neighborhood and block association members, and Community Board members. 2016 Livable Neighborhoods Program partners included: Bronx Community Board 7, Flatbush-Nostrand BID and HABNET Chamber of Commerce, Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce and Asian Americans for Equality, Northfield Community LDC and Red Hook New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program.

For more information, please contact Joanna Crispe, Director of Community Engagement and Education at or (212) 935-3960 x1226.


Creative Placemaking
By Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa
Published by the National Endowment for the Arts, 2010

Creative Placemaking: Integrating Community, Cultural and Economic Development
By Leonardo Vazquez
Published by the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, 2012

How to Do Creative Placemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community Development
Edited by Jason Schupbach and Don Ball
Published by the National Endowment for the Arts, 2016

Submit An Application

Please use our online form to apply.


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