Fourteen American cities are in the running to receive up to $1 million each in funding as part of the 2018 Public Art Challenge, a program that aims to foster creative collaboration, address civic issues, and support local economies through public art.
The finalists, chosen from more than 200 applications from cities across the country with 30,000 residents or more, were announced earlier this month by the Bloomberg Philanthropies.
“This year’s proposals focus on critical issues facing our country in exciting and creative ways,” Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Mayor of New York City from 2002 to 2013, said in a statement. “The Public Art Challenge helps to highlight the role that public art plays in provoking conversation, supporting collaboration, and building strong communities, and we’re looking forward to announcing the winners.”
Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and personal giving.
The selected cities span the nation, and proposals for the temporary public art projects addressed a wide range of issues and social themes – from natural disaster recovery and food access to immigration and gentrification. Projects submitted reflected diverse mediums, including virtual reality, murals, and light installations.
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