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How cities are taking a more strategic view toward public art

Public art can be a tool mayors use to build strong communities.

That’s the premise behind the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, an initiative designed to support cities undertaking temporary art projects that address pressing civic issues. Last month, 14 U.S. cities learned that they’re finalists in the Challenge, with a chance at receiving up to $1 million to carry out their ideas. Information on all of the finalists is here.

Public Art Pieces to See This Summer

By The Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Team  

With some of the world’s most well-known museums and galleries, it’s no secret that cities like New York and London are great places to see art. This summer there are also a number of engaging art pieces sparking dialogue and inspiring wonder right on the city streets, or in some cases, on rivers and lakes.

A Public Art Project’s Ripple Effect on Neighboring Communities

By Madeline Fletcher, Executive Director of Newburgh Community Land Bank

Just 60 miles north of Manhattan, in the post-industrial Hudson River city of Newburgh – a town gutted by urban renewal and crippled by the foreclosure crisis – the Newburgh Community Land Bank has been working in overdrive to give vacant and abandoned properties new life.  We are a quasi-public non-profit agency that acquires titles of abandoned properties. Our ultimate goal is to help a community provide livable homes and build strong neighborhoods.

Public Art Challenge pushes cities to see art as a tool for change

By Anita Contini, Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Team

When Spartanburg, S.C., embarked on an ambitious public art project a few years ago, it was the police department that took the lead. And while police aren’t typically the first officials people turn to for matters of artistic expression, in this case the department was a perfect fit.

That’s because city leaders were looking for a way art could help strengthen ties between law enforcement and the community. For more than a year, officers and light artist Erwin Redl spent time with people from neighborhoods across Spartanburg. Together they dreamed up nine separate installations, from lighting up old smokestacks to projecting videos of community residents on the side of a vacant public housing complex. Along the way, officers and local leaders built a shared sense of purpose.

Bloomberg 35: Broadening perspectives by shaping talent and communities with arts and culture

Since our earliest days, our founder Mike Bloomberg has been committed to celebrating and supporting creativity and innovation, and Bloomberg LP has always valued the powerful impact the arts can have on cities and individuals. Through Mike’s board leadership and support for cultural organizations around the world, Bloomberg has helped these institutions to strengthen communities, drive economic growth and serve a vital role in education.

As our company has continued to grow, we’ve continued to strengthen our cultural support and in turn have been able to provide unique experiences and cultural access for our employees, community and clients.

Through Bloomberg Philanthropies, our global cultural partnerships advance creativity, innovation, access and new technologies in the arts. In this Bloomberg 35 post, we highlight some of our key cultural partners and their programs that leverage art to educate the next generation of creative leaders.

Follow the Data Podcast: Episode 2 featuring the Brooklyn Museum

In the second episode of Follow the Data – a podcast about how our work is driving change and making an impact in the areas of education, the arts, the environment, public health and government innovation – we take a deeper dive into the work of Bloomberg Connects partner the Brooklyn Museum to see how they are transforming the visitor experience through technology.

The Power of Public Art: Spotlight on Baltimore

By Patricia E. Harris, CEO, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Cities are the global centers of communication, commerce, and culture—and where we also look for solutions to our greatest societal challenges. That’s why Bloomberg Philanthropies focuses on cities across each of our five programmatic areas, supporting innovative approaches to tackling tough issues.

10 Artists and Cultural Projects on Instagram You Won’t Want to Miss this Year

At Bloomberg Philanthropies, we utilize innovative partnerships and bold approaches that put the arts at the center of community-building, and economic growth around the world. Through our support of cultural organizations including the Bloomberg Connects, Public Art Challenge, Arts Innovation and Management, and global sponsorship, we meet hundreds of amazing artists who push the envelope  —  in real life and on social media.

Q&A with Sree Sreenivasan: How the Met Museum is engaging audiences with digital technology

Through innovative partnerships and bold approaches, the Bloomberg Philanthropies arts program increases access to culture using new technologies. It aims to strengthen and empower artists and help cultural organizations reach broader audiences.

The chief digital officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sree Sreenivasan, joined Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Kate Levin for a wide-ranging conversation with the foundation’s staff about how digital technology is changing the way audiences engage with culture.

A City Illuminated

By Patricia E. Harris, CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies

Neighborhoods in London will be transformed this week through public art, as illuminated works will be projected across some of the most iconic sites in Central London including Oxford Circus, Westminster Abbey, and the Bafta Building on Piccadilly. In total, there will be 30 installations created by world-renowned artists for Lumiere London, a four-day celebration of public art hosted by Artichoke and the Mayor of London and supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies along with many other great partners.

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