The following videos capture the power of public art, behind-the-scenes moments, and the impact of projects created by the Public Art Challenge.


2018 Public Art Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies invited U.S. cities with 30,000 or more residents to apply to the 2018 Public Art Challenge – an opportunity to foster local collaboration and strengthen a city’s economy.












Past Winners: Overview

View highlights and behind-the-scenes footage from previous Public Art Challenge winning projects



Announcing the finalist cities of the previous Public Art Challenge



Past Winner: Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, NY

Through a collaborative effort, the cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy, NY transformed vacant buildings across the NY capital region into an art installation by placing pulsing light panels in the windows. Artist Adam Frelin, architect Barbara Nelson, and more than 75 community and private sector partners, came together to bring the installation and a series of related public programming to life from September 30 – November 30, 2016. This consortium culminated the project in April 2017 with a regional summit on vacant homes and abandoned buildings for local residents, prospective buyers and investors, and policymakers.




Past Winner: Gary, IN

ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen, which opened in November 2016, is a partnership between artist Theaster Gates and the City of Gary, IN to create a civic center that features commissioned works of visual art, offers culinary training and business development workshops, and provides cultural programming that uses food as a medium for community engagement.




Past Winner: Los Angeles, CA

CURRENT:LA Water, the City of Los Angeles’ first public art biennial (July 16 – August 14, 2016), included 15 multidisciplinary works of art sited in parks and public spaces along the Los Angeles River, touching all 15 city council districts. Each of the 13 artists involved created artwork that responded to the importance of water and of critical issues related to conservation, ecology and drought.




Past Winner: Spartanburg, SC

With the goal of improving police-community relations and creating safer, more vibrant public spaces, the city of Spartanburg, SC worked with artist Erwin Redl on Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light. Redl collaborated with the City’s police and fire departments, along with neighborhood associations, to design and develop engaging light and media art installations that touched 10 neighborhoods across the City from Oct 4, 2016 – April 30, 2017.