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Follow the Data Podcast: Making Streets Safer with Asphalt Art

A well-designed street that works for everyone, whether you’re walking or biking, taking a bus or driving a car, becomes not just a way to get from A to B, but a true destination itself. A growing number of cities around the world are embracing public art as an effective and relatively low-cost strategy to activate their streets and make them safer and more inviting to resident and visitors

Back to school: Some of the country’s best cultural organizations offer resources to enliven virtual classrooms

As many educators – including parents as well as professionals – adapt to the new normal of remote learning, online offerings from cultural institutions can enhance the experience with rich content and interactive tools. These resources at organizations supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies are available for students of all ages and can be especially useful at a time when it can be hard to build classroom cohesion and field trips aren’t possible.

Public Art Piece in Paris Responds to Climate Change with Singing Trees

This week and through September 20th, residents and visitors to Paris have an opportunity to experience an outdoor public art piece by the award-winning digital artists Umbrellium, which highlights the role of collective action in fighting climate change. The piece, titled Singing Trees, is supported by Théâtre du Châtelet, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Building a Creative Career: 5 Questions with Katie Burke, Bloomberg Arts Internship Alum

U.S. employers rate creativity as one of the top three personality traits most important to career success, according to 2015 data from Americans for the Arts. The Bloomberg Arts Internship (BAI) is designed to help prepare the next generation for success in the workforce, in the arts and other industries. It aims to provide meaningful workforce experience, develop knowledge of the creative sector as a career path, encourage awareness of culture as a civic resource, and prepare students to apply and transition into college.

Exploring Creative Careers with the Bloomberg Arts Internship: 5 Questions with Intern Rachel K. McCain

The Bloomberg Arts Internship (BAI) aims to support this planning process by connecting young people from diverse backgrounds with paid internships at cultural organizations along with intensive college readiness and professional development training. Harnessing the power of the arts as a means of workforce development, BAI helps students build essential skills for any professional field they may choose while encouraging awareness of culture as a civic resource.

Reopening Culture During the Pandemic

As the crisis has evolved, some cities and states have begun to allow some venues to reopen – New York City museums began reopening just this week – with health precautions in place. Arts institutions across the country are rising to the challenge, employing nimble and thoughtful practices for offering vibrant cultural experiences while keeping visitors and staff safe.

How the arts can improve mental health, especially during the pandemic

Given limited options for socializing during quarantine, it makes sense that people are turning to the arts. While the majority of survey respondents have been engaging in arts activities during quarantine about the same amount as usual, another 21% have increased their participation in the arts. Additionally, more than half of respondents indicated that they miss visiting cultural venues and, perhaps surprisingly, that percentage grows among the younger age groups.

Follow the Data Podcast: How Cities Are Supporting Arts & Culture During COVID-19

COVID-19 has affected almost every aspect of life around the world. To slow the spread of the virus, many countries closed their borders and restricted non-essential travel, greatly impacting the global tourism industry and funding for cultural organizations. In London, cultural tourism is worth about 8 billion pounds a year—largely from international visitors. Recent statistics in London indicate that the creative economy will lose 16 billion pounds, and 150,000 jobs, by the end of 2020 alone.

Feel the Beat from Around the World

Music lovers can get a backstage look at an opera house, listen to professional musicians engaging with the next generation of performers, or take a virtual walk through London with a curated playlist celebrating the city’s history. Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the world of music this weekend thanks to these institutions supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Step Back in Time with Virtual History Lessons, 3D Tours of Historic Buildings, a Digital Dinosaur Safari, and More

Travel back in time this weekend with virtual offerings that allow you to explore ancient lands where dinosaurs roamed, World War II Britain, colonial America, and more – without having to leave your home. History buffs and novices alike will not want to miss these historical resources from cultural institutions supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Our Virtual Culture Road Trip Continues with Stops for Glass Making, Middle Eastern Food, Theater Celebrating Latinx Culture, and More

This week we continue our virtual cross-country road trip to a dozen cultural organizations in cities across America. While sheltering-in-place keeps us from visiting in person for now, these small and midsize cultural organizations are bringing their most exciting offerings right to our living rooms — digitally. Join us to continue the virtual road trip with activities, exhibits, cooking lessons, and more from organizations, which are part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program, in six cities.

Buckle Up for a Virtual Culture Road Trip This Weekend

Take a virtual road trip with us this week and next – online – to see a dozen cultural organizations in cities across America. While our collective efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 keep us from visiting in person, these organizations, which are part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program, have resources and experiences we can enjoy from home.

Tribeca Film Festival: Together, Apart

By Katherine Oliver, Principal at Bloomberg Associates

With New York City at the epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Tribeca Film Festival, like so many other cultural organizations, has decided to cancel all live events. As we may recall, the Tribeca Film Festival grew out of the hardship of 9/11 and brought new life to a city that was reeling from an unimaginable terror. In the nearly two decades since its founding, the festival has become a symbol of resilience and rebirth, an economic driver helping small businesses and reaffirming the creative spirit that makes New York, well, New York.

The Show Must Go On – Light Up Your Living Room with These Virtual Performances

Experience the drama and artistry of theater and dance right from your living room with these digital performances and workshops.

Explore the Outdoors While Indoors This Weekend

While facing unprecedented closures, museums and public gardens across the country are meeting challenges head-on by bringing the natural world straight to you. Digital visitors can get up close with spring foliage, watch animals and natural landscapes in real time, and traverse lands where dinosaurs roamed billions of years ago.

Follow the Data Podcast: How to Help Nonprofits Hit Hard By COVID-19

As part of our ongoing series looking at how cities, nonprofits, and low- and middle-incomes countries are fighting the coronavirus, this episode dives deeper into the NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund, an initiative which brings together individuals, businesses, and philanthropic organizations, including Bloomberg Philanthropies, to support New York City-based social services and cultural organizations that have been affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Five Ways to Travel the World Virtually This Weekend

Take a virtual trip around the world with these digital resources and opportunities from five cultural institutions supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Five Ways to Explore Culture This Weekend with Podcasts, Online Courses, Livestream, and Music

Social distancing is impacting the way that we live and work. While most arts and cultural institutions have closed their physical doors for the time being, many are finding creative ways to bring people together virtually through digital cultural experiences. From museums embracing the hashtag #MuseumFromHome on social media to share digital gallery tours, to theater and dance companies offering performances and classes via online streaming platforms, cultural institutions are finding new ways to adapt and bring audiences entertainment and inspiration from the comfort of their homes.

Healing After Tragedy

An Interview with Art Therapist Raquel Farrell-Kirk about Parkland and Coral Spring’s Public Art Challenge Project, “Inspiring Community Healing After Gun Violence: The Power of Art”

Strengthening U.S. Cities with Management Training for Small and Midsized Cultural Organizations

Q&A with Ethan Joseph, Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Team Member

Small and midsized cultural organizations are essential to the vibrancy of U.S. cities, but there are very few training programs specifically for the leaders of these institutions, which range from museums and community arts centers, to ensembles and interdisciplinary festivals. These institutions provide access to diverse and enriching cultural experiences, arts-related social services, and support for creatives to develop skills and innovate.  They also face unique management challenges – and opportunities.

Skills for the Future Workforce

As the internship and summer job season begins, many students have been thinking about the best choice to enhance their resumes, gain experience and build meaningful relationships with professionals. The conversation in education and professional circles often becomes an either or scenario between the science and the arts – the corporate or the creative road. The truth is, it does not need to be so stark a choice.

Alaska’s Search for Solutions to a Rapidly Changing Reality

By Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, Anchorage, AK

It seems as if almost every day a new study is published about the long-term effects of climate change. Here in Anchorage, Alaska, we are sourcing creative solutions to the immediate threat climate change poses to our city’s infrastructure, economy and lives. Beyond threats to our infrastructure, climate change also has brought higher temperatures to Anchorage and, as a result, we’ve seen more parasites, more lightning strikes and a longer fire season, all of which threatens public health and the well-being of our city’s residents.

Art Leaders Impacting Local Communities: Spotlight on Zenetta Drew

Local cultural institutions are critical for the arts to thrive. These organizations help develop and showcase artistic talent, provide communities with a forum to experience the arts and also contribute to a city’s economy and identity. That is why Bloomberg Philanthropies has supported more than 500 small and medium-sized organizations through our Arts Innovation and Management Program (AIM). In this interview, Ethan Joseph of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts team talks with Zenetta Drew, Executive Director of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre and former participant of the AIM program, about what the theatre has meant to the Dallas community. The following is a lightly edited excerpt of the conversation.

Follow the Data Podcast: Greenwood Art Project Builds on History of Black Wall Street in Tulsa, OK

In part two of a two part episode, Hannibal Johnson and Rick Lowe, discuss the future of Tulsa, Oklahoma in historical context, along with the potential impact of the Greenwood Art Project.

Tulsa is the winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Art Challenge. The Greenwood Art Project commemorates the 100th anniversary of the destruction of a thriving black community in Tulsa known as Black Wall Street. The project celebrates the resilience and recovery of the community.

Art Leaders Making Impacts in Local Communities: Spotlight on Jennifer Evins

In June 2015, the City of Spartanburg was selected as one of four projects nationwide to take part in Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge. Jennifer Evins, working with key partners including digital media artist Erwin Redl, city police officers and the city’s residents brought their winning project, “Seeing Spartanburg” to life. In the wake of shootings and protests across the country, community-building between police officers and the municipalities they serve become a focal point in the nation. Through “Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light,” Spartanburg police officers hoped to harness the power of public art to repair and strengthen police-community relations in the city. They also hoped to shine a light on Spartanburg’s commitment to safety and vibrancy, enhance crime prevention efforts and cultivate partnerships to increase public trust and confidence in local law enforcement.

Setting the Table – A Conversation about Food Access and Art

Through the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, the City of Jackson Mississippi aims to address complex food access issues in the city. Their project “Fertile Ground: Inspiring Dialogue About Food Access,” will enlist an interdisciplinary team of local and national artists, landscape architects, filmmakers, farmers, chefs, nutritionists, and community members. The project teams will come together to create a city-wide exhibition with installations, performances and programming. Workshops and panels will address challenges stemming from a proliferation of fast food restaurants in the area and the need for healthy food opportunities for the community.

Follow the Data Podcast: Black Wall Street – Historical Resilience in Tulsa, OK

In Part One of a two part episode, we hear from Hannibal Johnson and Rick Lowe, detailing work in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the most recent winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Art Challenge.

Hannibal Johnson is an author, attorney, professor and consultant. He is an expert of the African-American experience in Oklahoma and its broader historic impact on American history.

Rick Lowe is an artist, best known for Project Row Houses, which he started in Houston in 1993. He has worked with communities and exhibited all over the world.

Honoring the Past and Shaping the Future through Public Art — Five Questions with Artist Rick Lowe

By Anita Contini, Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts team

Through “The Greenwood Art Project,” MacArthur Fellow Rick Lowe will work alongside local artists to bring the story of the Black Wall Street to light. In creating a series of art installations located at significant sites throughout the historic district, Lowe and his team hope to tell a story of vulnerability and resilience.

We sat down with Lowe during Black History month to discuss the racial and economic disparities that still exist in the area today, the power art can have to bring communities together, and the importance of reconciliation.

On A Path Toward Healing

By Christine Hunschofsky, Mayor of Parkland, Florida

Last year, an unimaginable tragedy struck our community when a shooter entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 people, severely wounding many and tormenting over 3,000 students and faculty. Following the initial shock and pain, city leaders were faced with a formidable question: what can we do to support the healing process of an entire community? Beyond Parkland, officials in neighboring Coral Springs and throughout Northwest Broward were facing the same question.

Bloomberg Arts Intern Therese Rubi on Exploring a Career in the Arts

Through the Bloomberg Arts Internship program, rising public high school seniors receive paid summer jobs at non-profit cultural organizations in Baltimore, New York, and Philadelphia. Participants gain professional experience in arts management, exposure to overall workplace protocols, and college-readiness preparation. The program is designed to serve students curious about the many facets of a career in the arts.

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