PLACE

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

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Location: 100 Portland Avenue South, Suite 100 Minneapolis MN 55401 USA

Mission: To build a sustainable, just, and inspiring world, one community at a time. PLACE® is a nonprofit organization that works with cities to create and build leading-edge communities that promote the arts, environmentalism and social justice. Through a community-driven, ethically-focused process, PLACE develops new models for urban neighborhoods that demonstrate the best practices in environmental design, live/work development for artists and creative businesses, affordable workforce housing, and supportive housing for the most economically distressed. Our vision is to change the way communities are made.
Results: PLACE recently completed the WAV project in Ventura, California. It provides affordable, green live and work space for artists and solar penthouses for sale to artists and creatives. For the first time, PLACE created fifteen homes using the Supportive Housing model. These heatlhy, green homes are aimed and families and individuals suffering homelessness, and offer sliding scale rents at 30% of income. The PLACE team brings experience and passion to the planning, designing, funding, building and stewardship of over $450 million of green arts projects, residential, commercial, serving other nonprofits and cities. Recently, we have begun moving people into our WAV project, a sustainable community filled with artists and powered by solar power. In addition, we’ve created new homes for forty formerly homeless people and orphans and youth who’s foster care benefits end on their 18th birthday. Over six hundred people have signed up to be involved with the WAV project in Ventura, CA. Thousands have participated in over a hundred meetings to guide the vision. PLACE completed 6,200 square feet of commercial space targeted at arts-friendly businesses like coffee houses, jazz clubs, art galleries, wine bistros, etc. It helps support the WAV project.
Target demographics: PLACE serves people of all kinds by building better communities in which to live, work, play, create, and interrelate. We serve artists and the arts. PLACE serves the environment. We serve cities and communities. those who are interested in the experiment of creating better places, better communities. PLACE serves the most impoverished people. Those without a voice. PLACE builds sustainable communities for cities, affordable live/work space for artists and creatives, and renewable energy. We build sustainable supportive housing to help the most impoverished in our society. We build ecovillages that reflect the leading edge of community design.
Direct beneficiaries per year: We're working on these figures right now. But the WAV project currently provides 300 jobs. Not minimum wage job, but high paying jobs in law and banking and management and construction.
Geographic areas served: No limits
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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I am living! I do not feel afraid. I have found a space that is understanding of who I am. An Artist. I am GREATFUL for the oppportunity to create history. To be alive and creating a home for my five year old son, Jubal-Lee. I am challenged each month to work hard to provide for my family and i am rewarded each month with a home and art studio at the WAV! This month (03.05.10) I invite two younge emerging artists to show at My Peacock Party Art Walk and next month i showcase Recycled Art. All thanks to PLACE, and a vision, and the means to manifest!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their ability to think of all the details and be compassionate toward humanity and the environment.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The Diversity!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Intellectual and kind and happy.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build Artist Housing All Over The World!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I worked on the construction team that built the WAV project in Ventura, California. It is the most extraordinary project I have worked on in over twenty years in the profession. PLACE and Chris Velasco made us feel like important members of the team, and actually took the time to thank us for our work. I know they didn't have a big budget, but the community is the most beautiful project in Ventura and the greenest building in the region. Bravo to them!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase their amount of donations which should be much much higher given the fact that they serve the environment and the arts and the homeless

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Great people that put the community first.

Ways to make it better...

They had more money to work with

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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42 people found this review helpful

I have worked with PLACE on the Working Artists in Ventura project, and the things that have impressed me are their genuine commitment to an open, public design process and their tenacity in holding on to the quality of the design through the difficult process of entitling and financing a project.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Building a strong community organization in Ventura.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The enthusiasm of its board.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build more!

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Santos Prescott & Associates

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2009-2-01

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46 people found this review helpful

When I was laid off from my interior and product design position in Oct ‘o8, I found myself eager to return to my work as a fiber artist. In years past I have been involved in the development of crafts marketplaces on both coasts. I inquired about the WAV project and was introduced to PLACE. After receiving a tour of the WAV construction site with Chris Velasco, I’m enthusiastic about the organization and the model being created for Ventura. Mr. Velasco has made himself readily accessible to the artists and the community at large. I'm confident that PLACE has extended their reach as far as possible to provide affordable housing for artist within a socially and environmentally balanced community while accentuating the beautiful views and respecting the local landscape. The project supports the artist’s ability to continue creating and offers new opportunity for eco friendly retail businesses. The visual and performing arts activity produced in and around WAV will enrich the community at large while setting the president for future green developments. As a single parent struggling in a down economy, the dramatic change WAV will bring in our ability to make ends meets can’t come soon enough!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the optimism in our community for the project and the positive impact it has had on the importance of highlighting the visibility and asset of the working artists in Ventura.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would give special attention to the materials being used by the artists within the projects community. Often materials and processes produce off gases and toxic vapors that aren't meant to be handled within living spaces. Also downcycled materials aren't always eco-friendly. Recyled plastics are more often still full of contaminants that aren't meant to be next to our skin or hanging on the walls of our homes.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

becoming aware of it's pressence in Ventura through the WAV project. It makes me smile to be confident there will be more green projects on the drawing board and each one will be greener and more efficiently designed with the available technology and resources at the time.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptionally professional and knowledgeable, dedicated and inquisitive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Hire additional staff enabling more media exposure for it's successes, expanding the promotion and presentation of more green development projects at key locations across the country. Thus inspiring hope through the arts at a grass roots level where we need it most and it will make the greatest impact on our youth.

Ways to make it better...

I had known about the project sooner and been further along in my involvement. No fault of PLACE, due to personal circumstances and the demands of my previous position I wasn't as involved in the community.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

maintaining an ongoing balance true to the purpose and success of the community.

One thing I'd also say is that...

a retail space be designated for the WAV Gallery as a retail shop. This would give the artists an additional outlet and exposure during all retail hours where they could sell their work on consignment or wholesale. Could be privately owned or a cooperative.

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Bobbi Jo Free, Studio 94_Bell Arts Center

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2009-1-01

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33 people found this review helpful

I work for Bernards. We are the General Contractor on the WAV Project in Ventura, CA for PLACE. Speaking for myself I not only appreciate the opportunity bur am proud to be associated with such an innovative and socially responsible project. Everyone on the PLACE Team is a pleasure to work with. I wish them continued success. Bernards would be happy to work with these energy filled professionals again anytime! Gary Henschell Senior Project Manager

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Planning and implementing the near impossible to make a project happen.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Relinquish control. They have the right people running PLACE.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people on their team.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fun & highly motivated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Use another 50. Then what what could be done.

Ways to make it better...

Our involvement started earlier.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding!

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love that they have dared to make dreams come true to make the world just a little bit better place.

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Bernards

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2009-2-01

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25 people found this review helpful

PLACE is the most innovative community problem-solving organization I have ever had the pleasure to work with. They bring a level of strategic thinking and implementation that is awe-inspiring. In my experience with them, they have accomplished a project that was almost universally accepted as impossible - and they have done so with remarkable speed and effectiveness.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the incredible community support they have assembled around potentially divisive and controversial issues and projects.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the incredible staff who are always available.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build projects like the one they are doing here in communities across the nation.

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City of Ventura

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2009-2-01

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