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Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge

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Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge


Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Program works to showcase the potential of artists to act as civic leaders, drawing attention to and encouraging dialogue around pressing problems. The Public Art Challenge, founded to further this work, supports temporary public art projects that engage communities and enrich the quality of life in cities.The program, launched in 2014, engages mayors of U.S. cities with 30,000 residents or more to collaborate with artists and arts organizations to develop temporary public art projects that address civic issues. 

In 2015, we announced the first round of winning teams – Los Angeles, California; Gary, Indiana; Spartanburg, South Carolina; and Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, New York (a collaborative project). Their projects, which all opened in 2016, spurred civic leaders and residents, as well as local nonprofits and businesses, to work together to advance solutions to critical urban challenges such as abandoned properties, environmental sustainability, community-police relations, and creative sector economic development.

In 2018, we announced the second round of this challenge. Up to $1 million will be awarded by Bloomberg Philanthropies for selected projects. If you’re interested in applying, please check out our FAQ page for more information about the eligibility, program, and application process. To apply, click here.

The Public Art Challenge is part of the American Cities Initiative, a suite of investments that empower cities to generate innovation and advance policy that moves the nation forward.