Treasure Tampa, an initiative of the Gobioff Foundation that is now in its third year, provides funding of up to $30,000 for a creative placemaking project. The creative placemaking project must happen completely within the City of Tampa (Tampa Map) or the neighborhood served by the University Area Community Development Corporation (UACDC Map). Creative placemaking as the utilization of creative talent to elevate a community through cross-sector and community partnerships.
Applications are reviewed by a team of business, community, and arts leaders in a two-stage process; (1) the Letters of Interest (LOI) and (2) Applications. This panel works together, facilitated by The Gobioff Foundation, to ensure that the process is fair and equitable. The panelists use rating instruments created by the Gobioff Foundation at both phases of the review process. During the decision making process averages of these ratings are used to inform the panel discussion.
- Creativity: The heart of the creative placemaking project must be art, creativity, artists, or culture.
- Community: The community impacted by the creative placemaking project must be involved either in the design, creation, or implementation of the project.
- Collaboration: The creative placemaking project will be a multi-sector partnership between the public, private, or non-profit sectors. A minimum of two sectors are expected to be involved in the project.
- Region: The creative placemaking project must happen completely within the City of Tampa (Tampa Map) or the neighborhood served by the University Area Community Development Corporation (UACDC Map).
Aspects of the creative placemaking project that will be taken into consideration but are not required.
- Diversity embraced
- Local artists employed
- Low socioeconomic status population impacted
- Event or project is accessible to all populations.
- Works to solve a well defined community problem
Letters of Interest are due January 14, 2019.
In May 2018, LiveWork Studios won the 2nd Treasure Tampa (T²) grant cycle with its proposal for The Echo Quilt at Community Stepping Stones (CSS) located on the Hillsborough River in Sulphur Springs. The Echo Quilt project seeks to connect Sulphur Springs residents with their own rich history, as well as serving as a beacon for creative exploration in this often-neglected part of our city. It is currently in the community engagement phase as they work with neighborhood partners to connect with the community.