ArtPlace America has announced that Prairie Rivers of Iowa’s Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway is one of 70 finalists for the 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund (NCPF). ArtPlace selected 70 proposals from 987 applications, making Prairie Rivers of Iowa’s project one of just 7 percent of the projects across the country to make this cut.

ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund is a highly competitive national program. Investing money in communities across the country in which artists, arts organizations, and arts and culture activity help drive community development change across 10 sectors of community planning and development: agriculture and food, economic development, education and youth, environment and energy, health, housing, immigration, public safety, transportation or workforce development.

The Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway proposed architectural restoration; installation of art, interpretive panels, and oral histories; and the repurposing of three sites with electric charging stations along its route. The locations are Preston’s Station/Garage in Belle Plaine, Reed-Niland Corner in Colo, and Youngville Station in rural Benton County.

“These seventy finalists are extraordinary examples of the ways that artists, arts organizations and communities are thinking about working together,” said ArtPlace Director of National Grantmaking F. Javier Torres. “We look forward to learning more about all of them as we visit with them this summer.”

“Each of these projects has proposed something extraordinary and important,” added ArtPlace Executive Director Jamie Bennett. “We would love to be able to invest in all of them, and know that choices ahead of us will be extraordinarily difficult.”