Bloomberg Philanthropies

2018 Public Art Challenge for U.S. Cities

Posted on March 5, 2018

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced the launch of the 2018 Public Art Challenge.

Through the challenge, Mayors of U.S. cities with thirty thousand residents or more are invited to apply for up to $1 million in funding for temporary public art projects that address important civic issues. Submissions of dynamic works of art across all disciplines will be considered. Proposed projects will be evaluated on their ability to generate public-private collaborations, celebrate creativity and urban identity, and strengthen local economies.

The program is a part of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s American Cities Initiative, an effort to help U.S. cities generate innovation and advance policy. To that end, the challenge encourages mayors to partner with artists and include the creative sector when developing solutions to significant urban issues.

At least three winners will be chosen in 2018 to execute their projects over a maximum of twenty-four months. Grants will cover project-related expenditures such as development, execution, and marketing, but will not fund 100 percent of project costs.

Applications must be submitted by the mayor or chief executive of the host city on behalf of a collaboration between the city and an artist and/or arts organization.

See the Bloomberg Philanthropies website for complete program guidelines, information about previous winners, and submission instructions.

Deadline: April 25, 2018

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