Revitalize San Pedro Partnership Opens Creative Placemaking Contest for Community Proposals

Albuquerque’s San Pedro Corridor between I-40 and Central Avenue and the adjoining neighborhoods are invited to submit their ideas for celebrating and enhancing the Corridor via inexpensive, small-scale placemaking projects.

August 2, 2022

The Revitalize San Pedro Partnership (RSPP) is excited to release its Request for Proposals for the San Pedro Corridor Creative Placemaking Contest. Individuals with a personal connection to Albuquerque’s San Pedro Corridor between I-40 and Central Avenue and the adjoining neighborhoods are invited to submit their ideas for celebrating and enhancing the Corridor via inexpensive, small-scale placemaking projects.

According to Cynthia Serna, RSPP Placemaking Project Lead, placemaking can be used to improve all the spaces that comprise gathering places within a community – its streets, sidewalks, parks, buildings, and other public spaces – so they invite greater interaction between people and foster healthier, more social, and economically viable communities. Placemaking project examples include murals, pop-up parks, moveable sidewalk seating, sculptures, and much more.

Projects should be completed for $2,500 or less and by utilizing volunteers. The top three proposals will be awarded gift certificates to local businesses, and the project identified in the first-place proposal will be completed by December 31, 2022.

For more information and to apply online, go to https://form.jotform.com/222006624897055. Applications will be accepted August 1 through August 18, and may be submitted online or emailed to [email protected] with the subject line “San Pedro Creative Placemaking Contest” or mailed to San Pedro Creative Placemaking Contest, c/o MHNA, Box 311, 1933 San Mateo NE, Albuquerque NM 87110, postmarked no later than August 18, 2022.

Applications will be assessed by a Review Panel that includes representatives from relevant City offices, local artists and arts organizations, RSPP business partners, and the four connected neighborhood associations. Public input will also be considered via Facebook posting of contest finalists on https://www.facebook.com/RevitalizeSanPedro between August 31-September 5. Contest selection of First, Second, and Third place projects will be publicly announced on September 9, 2022.

Primary funding for the San Pedro Creative Placemaking Contest is provided through a grant from the New Mexico Resiliency Alliance, with some additional funding from District 7 City Councilor Tammy Fiebelkorn and the Rio Grande Credit Union. The Revitalize San Pedro Partnership is a New Mexico MainStreet Urban Neighborhood Commercial Corridor Initiative. The Corridor lies partially within City Council Districts 6 and 7.