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Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge

Date uploaded: October 20, 2014

Bloomberg Philanthropies has launched its Public Art Challenge inviting U.S. cities to develop temporary public art projects that enhance cultural and economic activity. It will grant at least three cities up to $1 million each over two years to support temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships, and drive economic development.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's charitable foundation announced that Mayors in cities with populations of 30,000 or more can submit proposals for visual, performing arts and multimedia projects. Finalists will be selected in February and at least three cities will be chosen in May. Each will receive $1 million to develop projects over two years.

Applicants will need to demonstrate their ability to create projects that strengthen public-private partnerships and successful applications will:

  • Bring people together to experience public places in dynamic and transformative ways
  • Demonstrate close collaboration between artists, arts organizations and cities
  • Establish robust public-private partnerships between local government and other funders

Selection Criteria

  • Excellent, 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
  • Evidence of technical feasibility of the project idea and its implementation (i.e. staff, consultants, fabricators, engineers, strategy for regulatory approvals, etc.)
  • Appropriate budget and capacity to leverage other sources of support
  • Strong marketing and audience engagement strategy
  • Commitment to evaluating outcomes

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