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Promotion / Community Life Resources
Promoting Your Downtown as the Center of Community Life

Interested in learning more about strategies and ideas for promoting your downtown as the center of community life? The following organizations and resources provide a host of innovative solutions and inspiring ideas:

Click on one of the following topics:

o Outstanding General Community Life Resources
o Public Art Funding Resources
o Community Reading Programs
o Outdoor Activities to bring to your Downtown
o Third Places
o Community Volunteer Programs

Outstanding Sites featuring Community Life Concepts

Cool Town Studios

Pittsburgh Neighborhood Tours
Examples of the types of tours you could establish for your community

Imagine Pittsburgh
Promotions and Grants for celebrating the Pittsburgh Region for its
250th Anniversary

Project for Public Spaces

The Clue Group
Articles and links to a variety of innovative ideas for downtown
activities and creative programming

Public Art Funding Resources

Heinz Endowments (regional)
Arts & Culture Program

Richard King Mellon Foundation (regional)
Arts and Culture, emphasizing economic development, Grant Opportunities

Sprout Fund (regional)
Public Art & Mural Program

National Endowment for the Arts
Grant Opportunities

sample artists/public art program:

Downtown Mural Program
Eric Grohe Mural Arts & Design

Painted Traffic Signal Boxes
From Brisbane, through Flickr

Community Reading Programs

Community Reads Program
Public Broadcasting Service

“One Book” Reading Promotion Project
Library of Congress

sample programs:

“Mansfield Reads! One City, One Book”
Mansfield, TX

New York Reads Together

Outdoor Activities to Bring to Your Downtown


Bike Pittsburgh

Venture Outdoors

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy


American Volkssport Association
Walking Clubs

Walkable Communities

Third Places

Americans for Libraries Council

Conversation Café

The Creative Change Center (aka C3)
Examples of Third Places

White Dog Café

Community Volunteer Programs

Leads international service learning experiences for groups and communities

Bread for the Journey
Start your own group of local citizen philanthropists

Works with community volunteers to create community playgrounds

Pittsburgh Cares
Offers volunteer opportunities for groups in the Pittsburgh area

Sister Cities International
Develops partnerships between US and international communities