Santa Rosa is a finalist for a major national public art grant that would encourage artists to explore issues related to the October wildfires.
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Wednesday that Santa Rosa was one of 14 cities invited to make a full proposal to the organization’s Public Art Challenge. More than 200 cities applied.
Santa Rosa requested $350,000 to fund a nine-month residency program allowing artists to explore the concept of home and resiliency.
“It is an honor for our city to be considered as a finalist for this prestigious public art opportunity,” Mayor Chris Coursey said in a statement “As we work toward recovery from the wildfires that devastated areas of Santa Rosa last October, now more than ever, our community could benefit from creative outlets that help with the healing process. This opportunity has the potential to bring deep and lasting value to our city.”
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