Dear Americans for the Arts Local and County Members,


Americans for the Arts is pleased to again partner with the National Association of Counties (NACo) to administer the Creative Counties Placemaking Challenge. 


As public funding becomes increasingly strained, counties must search for and employ new strategies to improve their communities and make healthier, more equitable places for residents to live, work and play. The Creative Counties Placemaking Challenge invites counties with populations of less than 150,000 to form multidisciplinary teams to compete in a challenge competition to identify and strengthen ways to integrate arts into solutions to local challenges. Teams that submit winning applications will attend an in-person, one-day training and peer exchange workshop on July 16, 2020, in or around Orlando, Orange County, Florida, in conjunction with NACo’s Annual Conference.  Additionally teams will receive coaching and professional development opportunities throughout the year. 


For more information and to apply, please go here.


Feel free to email with any questions that you might have.


Warm regards,




Jay H. Dick

Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs

Americans for the Arts

1000 Vermont Ave., NW  6th Floor

Washington, DC 20005

202-371-2830 x2076