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Asphalt Art Initiative

Art has the power to transform cities and make their public spaces safer and more vibrant. The Asphalt Art Initiative provides guidance and funding to cities around the world for visual art interventions on roadways, pedestrian spaces, and public infrastructure. The program assists cities looking to use art and design to improve street safety, revitalize public spaces, and engage their communities. The first two rounds of the Asphalt Art Initiative grant program supported 42 transformative projects in U.S. cities and 3 pilot projects in Europe, installing from 2020-2022. In April 2022, the Initiative started accepting applications from European cities with populations greater than 100,000 for projects to be installed in 2023.

The Asphalt Art Initiative responds to the growing number of cities around the world embracing art as an effective and relatively low-cost strategy to improve and enrich their streets. The initiative focuses on “asphalt art,” including visual interventions on roadways (intersections and crosswalks), pedestrian spaces (plazas and sidewalks), and vertical infrastructure (utility boxes, traffic barriers, and underpasses). The Initiative also includes the publication of the Bloomberg Associates Asphalt Art Guide.

Learn more about specific projects from the Asphalt Art Initiative


How We Can Make Streets Safer With Asphalt Art

Asphalt Art Guide

In October 2019, Bloomberg Philanthropies released the Asphalt Art Guide, which Bloomberg Associates produced to help guide cities in this work. The guide features more than two dozen case studies highlighting successful plaza and roadway art activations around the world and a how-to section for cities interested in undertaking their own projects.

Download the guide

Top photo: Local residents in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania work to create street murals as part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art Initiative.