Creative Placemaking

Creativity starts with YOU. Across the country, community leaders are talking more and more about the field of creative placemaking, but what exactly does it mean? Put simply, creative placemaking is any artistic, cultural, or creative effort to strengthen a community. If you want to get an even fuller definition, check out our handy “Breaking Down Creative Placemaking” tutorial from Spire + Base.

We strongly believe there is a lot of untapped creativity out there in Covington just waiting to be discovered. Thanks to a generous grant from the Kresge Foundation, we’re using creative solutions to help YOU transform the community.

What do we offer?

Creative Community Grants: $3500-5000 to artists to implement creative solutions in Covington.

Nano Grants: Small $250 grants to individuals to implement creative ideas and projects that improve the community and unite neighbors.

Creative Facades: One‐of‐a‐kind program that works with local artists to change the look of homes in the Westside. Check out the Westside Look Book for some really great visuals and program details. (Currently unavailable)

Hellmann Creative Center: Recently finished, the redeveloped Hellmann Lumber Mill houses The Center’s new offices, community event space, classroom space, and 8 artists’ studios. Interested in studio or event space? Contact Sarah Allan.

Why does it matter?

We believe that everyone has something creative to contribute to their community. When we don’t give residents an outlet to use their creativity, we may be missing unique opportunities to further the stories of our neighborhoods.

We also believe that art usually makes a project even better so we try to embed artists into what we do whenever we can.

What can you do?