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NY Observer: New Public Art Challenge to Award $1M to Winning U.S. Cities

This morning, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a national Public Art Challenge that invites the mayors of U.S. cities with populations over 30,000 to submit proposals for public art projects that “celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnership, and drive economic development,” according to its website.

Beginning Monday, applications can be submitted by a city’s mayor in partnership with an artist or arts organization. Finalists will be announced in February 2015, and at least three cities will be chosen in May 2015 to receive $1 million for projects over the duration of two years.

There are a few things in the fine print that mayor’s should be aware of before throwing their hat into the ring. The $1 million in funds are not to be used to fund 100 percent of the projects costs. Cities can team up and apply as part of a consortium, as long as one city leads the application. Projects across the arts are welcome, from visual to performing arts, and even multimedia.

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