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 encourages mayors to partner with artists, elevating the value of including the creative sector when developing solutions to significant urban issues. The program supports temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private collaborations, and strengthen local economies.
Selection criteria includes:
- Innovative public art project
- Potential for positive impact on the host city
- Proof of clear, specific partnership between local government and artists and/or arts organizations
- Commitment to evaluating outcomes
- Evidence of technical feasibility of the project idea and its implementation (e.g., staff, consultants, fabricators, engineers, strategy for regulatory approvals, etc.)
- Appropriate capacity to leverage other sources of support
- Strong marketing and audience engagement strategies
Amount: Up to $1,000,000 will be awarded to at least three cities. The project period is two years. Awarded grants will not fund 100% of the project cost.
Eligibility: The application must be submitted by the mayor or chief executive of the host city on behalf of a collaboration between the city and an artist and/or arts organization. Cities must have at least 30,000 residents to be eligible. Submissions are encouraged from all artistic disciplines. Visual and performing arts, including multimedia projects, will be considered.
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