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Supporting Public Art

Artists can be powerful drivers of civic progress, shining a light on critical issues and encouraging others to take action on them. That’s why Bloomberg Philanthropies continues to bring mayors, local leaders, and artists together to collaborate on temporary public art projects that start conversations, spur change, and strengthen communities across America.

Public Art Challenge

The Public Art Challenge invites mayors and artists to submit proposals for innovative public art projects designed to address local challenges. First launched in 2014, with a second round launched in 2018, the Public Art Challenge has worked with nine cities on striking projects that tackle issues like climate change, neighborhood blight, gun violence, and many others.

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Community members at the opening of artist Erwin Redl's work, "Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light," one of four winning projects for the inaugural Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge.
Community members at the opening of artist Erwin Redl's work, "Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light," one of four winning projects for the inaugural Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge.

Asphalt Art Initiative

Art has the power to transform cities and make their public spaces safer and more vibrant. The Asphalt Art Initiative grant program is designed to fund visual art interventions on roadways, pedestrian spaces, and public infrastructure in U.S. cities. The program assists cities looking to use art and design to improve street safety, revitalize public spaces, and engage their communities.

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Local artists in Saginaw, Michican work to create street murals as part of Bloomberg Philanthropies' Asphalt Art Initiative.
Local artists in Saginaw, Michican work to create street murals as part of Bloomberg Philanthropies' Asphalt Art Initiative.

ArtPlace

Bloomberg Philanthropies is one of a group of major philanthropic organizations, federal agencies, and financial institutions partnering to support ArtPlace, a nationwide initiative to drive revitalization in cities and towns by putting arts at the center of community development.

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Top photo: Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, “Light City Baltimore” is one of the first large-scale, international light and innovation festivals in the United States.