Denver Arts & Venues is looking for neighborhood art projects to fund with up to $10,000 each

P.S. You Are Here is back for its sixth year.

Thomas Evans, AKA Detour, paints a mural in a drainage channel running through Montbello, May 11, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Thomas Evans, AKA Detour, paints a mural in a drainage channel running through Montbello, May 11, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Applications are open for the latest round of P.S. You Are Here grants, which provide creative neighborhood projects with up to $10,000 per installation.

It’s the sixth straight year the Denver Arts & Venues program is providing this funding. The program has already provided thousands of dollars for colorful, creative and interesting art installments, like a 2017 project placing tiny speakers on trees that played music and spoken words from locals.

A release from Denver Arts & Venues said they hope to fund seven to 10 projects for their 2019-20 program. They’re accepting applications through Oct. 11. The grants must be matched 1:1 by applicants.

“P.S. You Are Here projects provide an opportunity for groups to beautify neighborhoods through creative cultural projects,” Ginger White Brunetti, Denver Arts & Venues executive director, said in a release. “These projects bring art into the daily lives of Denver’s residents and visitors, and connect neighbors and community members through collaborative projects.”

The grant program funds “artistic, short-term, community-led projects” using underused outdoor spaces. Eligible applicants including registered neighborhood organizations, business improvement districts, art or creative districts, business or placed-based organizations, and individuals working with one or more of these kinds of organizations.

P.S. You Are Here is part of IMAGINE 2020, which is the city’s cultural plan outlining how it supports arts, culture and creativity it believes contributes to the city’s economy and quality of life. Last year, P.S. You Are Here awarded more than $50,000 to seven projects, including Sloan’s Lake Citizen’s Group, Birdseed Collective and Montbello 2020.

Anyone interested in learning more or applying can visit ArtsandVenues.com/PSYAH. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Oct. 11. Winners will be notified by November, according to the city’s website.

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