SPOTS AROUND the city will soon be livened up with art, thanks to more than $1 million for arts projects coming to Philadelphia.

Mayor Nutter announced yesterday that the city won $1.2 million in grants from ArtPlace America for four projects that will enhance public spaces in University City, Frankford and on the Delaware River waterfront.

The projects, selected from a pool of more than 1,200 applications, include: FringeArts on the Waterfront, which received $400,000 to create an outdoor plaza and performance space along the Delaware River, and the Delaware River Waterfront Corp., which was awarded $310,000 for a summer event that will transform Penn's Landing's boat basin into a river stage.

The City Planning Commission snagged $335,150 for Destination Frankford, an initiative designed to brighten the neighborhood's commercial corridor through street furniture and a storefront devoted to local artists, while The Department of Making + Doing design studio was awarded $150,000 for activities on the University City Science Center campus to design a temporary art installment along Market Street.

ArtPlace America gave a total of $42.1 million in grants to 54 organizations around the country.