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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Patricia E. Harris, Chief Executive Officer of Bloomberg Philanthropies
World leaders, environment experts and delegates from around the globe are convening in Paris for COP21, the U.N.’s climate summit. Meanwhile, in the center of the city at Place du Panthéon, the public has the chance to encounter Ice Watch, a work by acclaimed artist Olafur Eliasson and scientist Minik Rosing, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
After receiving hundreds of proposals of innovative projects that use the arts to promote and address a wide range of local and civic issues from various cities in the U.S., we announced today that four cities have been selected to receive up to $1 million each as part of the Public Art Challenge—a new program aimed at supporting temporary public art projects that engage communities, enhance creativity, and enrich the vibrancy of cities. The four selected cities are: Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, NY, which proposed a collaborative project; Gary, IN; Los Angeles, CA; and Spartanburg, SC.
By the Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts team
Through funding and support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, as part of the Bloomberg Connects program, the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) has created a unique mobile experience for visitors to engage with its new FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life exhibition.
On March 19, The New York Times Arts division published its annual Museum special section, highlighting the digital work of many leading cultural institutions around the world. In publishing the groundbreaking work of these institutions, they have identified a trend that Bloomberg Philanthropies is already funding and passionate about – using new methods and approaches to engage with the arts.
By Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of the City of New Orleans and Chair of the Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment and Sports (TAPES) Standing Committee at the US Conference of Mayors (USCM)
With the deadline for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge approaching on December 15, I am reflecting on how art transforms cities into vibrant cultural centers, revitalize neighborhoods and makes cities more appealing to visit, work and live.
Artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer Discusses His New Artwork Fiducial Voice Beacons at the Bloomberg Philanthropies Supported Science Museum in London
By Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Team
Today, museums are turning towards innovative technology to extend their reach beyond an institution’s four walls, allowing more people to access their resources. That’s why Bloomberg Philanthropies is committed to support their pursuit of technology that encourages creativity, engagement and connection.
One of our newest grantees, the Science Museum in London, announced this week the opening of the new Information Age gallery. Beginning October 25th, Information Age: Six Networks That Changed Our World will feature over 800 objects from the Science Museum collections and use specially commissioned interactive displays, games and mobile experiences to explore the remarkable technological breakthroughs that have helped create the connected world we live in today.
The audio guide. The museum map.
For years, these tools have led visitors on journeys through the world’s greatest cultural institutions. They’ve provided a one-way means of experiencing amazing artifacts and groundbreaking galleries. Now, it’s time for some new tools – tools made for the digital, social sharing age.
Now, it’s time for some new tools – tools made for the digital, social sharing age.
By Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Most people don’t associate museums with technology beyond audio guides – which were cutting-edge visitor experiences at one time – but that’s quickly changing. The Digital Engagement Initiative at Bloomberg Philanthropies is supporting cultural institutions like the Met Museum to use all kinds of digital, mobile and social media to connect with our audiences and enhance their experiences.
At the Met, I have the privilege of working with a wonderful team of technologists and art experts on ways we can increase access to our collection for everyone including those who visit our galleries in New York to online art enthusiasts around the world. It’s a revolutionary moment for us as we explore new ways to engage our audience through technology – even the audio guide has evolved into a multimedia device – and with the advent of smartphones, we are ramping up our efforts to transform how visitors learn about and interact with art through a mobile experience.
Here are five examples – among many others – of technology in action at the Met:
By Anita Contini, Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Team
Visiting a museum and seeing incredible art in person can be a transformative experience. But museum-goers have traditionally faced two barriers to making the most of their museum visits: the challenges of navigating collections and accessing information about its works. Many museums have made significant efforts to address these challenges, including offering curator-led tours and traditional audio guides along with interactive kiosks that facilitate self-guided walkthroughs.
By Anita Contini, Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Team
We have a full house today at Bloomberg Philanthropies, as we welcome our arts organization grantees for #springsocial—a full day of presentations and discussions that will provide grantees deep insight into the world of social media.