Bloomberg Philanthropies Launching Call for Public Art Proposals

February 16th, 2018

Bloomberg Philanthropies has initiated a 2018 Public Art Challenge for proposals of temporary projects that address civic issues and demonstrate an ability to “generate public-private collaborations, celebrate creativity and urban identity, and strengthen local economies,” according to a statement. “There’s a virtuous cycle that public art tends to trigger,” says Kate D. Levin, head of the arts program for Bloomberg Philanthropies. “It’s not always acknowledged, because people tend to focus on the art—which is appropriate—but part of the reason Michael Bloomberg is funding this initiative is because he wants to help catalyze a greater appreciation of the impact that art can have in cities and the ways in which projects, however different they may be, tend to spark beneficial cross-sector dialogue and work that wouldn’t happen in other ways.”

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