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Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches Asphalt Art Initiative, Providing Cities How-To Guidance to Transform Streets and Public Spaces with Artwork

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the launch of the Asphalt Art Initiative which will assist cities looking to use art and design to improve street safety, revitalize public spaces, and engage their communities. The Initiative includes the publication of the Asphalt Art Guide, with case studies and best practices from cities around the world, as well as the awarding of grants up to $25,000 to 10 small and mid-sized U.S. cities to implement their own transformative projects.

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the World Cities Culture Forum Announce the Second Leadership Exchange for Cultural Leaders in Global Cities

The World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF), the leading network for cities and culture, is now accepting applications from current WCCF member cities to participate in the Leadership Exchange Programme. The Leadership Exchange enables city leaders in the cultural sector to share ideas that advance local projects and policymaking. In each Exchange, a team of city representatives and cultural leaders will visit a member city facing common challenges to learn about innovative strategies, policies and programmes that can be advanced in their home cities.‎

The Jewish Museum Launches New Audio Tours Featuring a Range of Perspectives, Available on All Devices

The Jewish Museum has launched new audio tours that will illuminate works of art from the Museum’s collection, highlight a range of perspectives, and provide an engaging experience for visitors of all backgrounds. Tours feature the voices of contemporary artists Maira Kalman, Isaac Mizrahi, Arlene Shechet, and Kehinde Wiley; curators and rabbis discussing Jewish traditions and rituals through ceremonial objects; 5th and 6th grade students talking about art; and verbal descriptions for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

Available on Tours.TheJewishMuseum.org, the audio tours are available on a new web app that is easily accessible on any device with internet access, for both on-site and off-site use. The initiative was funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

SEED Lab, a Center to Incubate Solutions for Energy and Equity through Design, Opens May 4

SEED Lab, a center to bring artists, designers, engineers and community members together to propose solutions to climate change and related challenges, opens to the public May 4, 2019. It is located in a building in the downtown Design District, across from the Anchorage Museum.

Launched in partnership with the Municipality of Anchorage and the Anchorage Museum, SEED Lab is one of five winners of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge. The Challenge awarded $1 million each to five cities to create temporary public art projects that address important civic issues.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Partners with EdVestors to Bring Arts Internship Program to Boston High School Students 

EdVestors, a school improvement nonprofit in Boston, today announced a new partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies to bring the Bloomberg Arts Internship program to Boston. Twenty-five rising high school seniors will have paid internships this summer at local arts and cultural organizations. The unique program is designed to help students develop career skills, gain professional experience in the arts, and provides students college-readiness preparation. EdVestors will work with Boston organizations to recruit students and participating cultural organizations.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces City of Camden Will Receive $1 Million for Public Art Project Transforming Illegal Dumping Sites into Art Spaces

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that Camden, New Jersey has been named a Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Public Art Challenge winner. The city will receive $1 million for “A New View,” a public art project that will transform sites plagued by illegal dumping along major transit corridors into dynamic art spaces, inspiring residents and attracting visitors. It will include art installations and creative programming at several sites along Camden’s rail, road, and bike routes.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces City of Tulsa Will Receive $1 Million for Public Art Project Honoring America’s First “Black Wall Street”

Tulsa has been named a Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Public Art Challenge winner. Tulsa will receive $1 million for “The Greenwood Art Project,” a group of temporary public artworks which celebrate and commemorate a vibrant community in the Historic Greenwood District known as Black Wall Street.

On Thursday, January 17th, Michael R. Bloomberg, philanthropist and former New York City Mayor, will join Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and artist Rick Lowe for a celebratory press conference at the Greenwood Cultural Center located at 322 North Greenwood Avenue.

Olafur Eliasson Brings Major Public Art Installation Ice Watch to London to Inspire Action Against Climate Change

Internationally acclaimed artist Olafur Eliasson, working in collaboration with leading geologist Minik Rosing, will display blocks of melting ice across two public sites in the centre of London to create a major artwork, Ice Watch. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ice Watch will serve as a visceral reminder of the impact of climate change.

Mike Bloomberg Announces City of Jackson Will Receive $1 Million for Public Art Project Addressing Nutrition and Food Equity in Mississippi

Michael R. Bloomberg joined Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba to announce that the city has been named a Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Public Art Challenge winner. Jackson will receive up to $1 million for its project, “Fertile Ground: Inspiring Dialogue About Food Access,” which aims to inform policy related to nutrition by using art as a medium to communicate the complexities of the issue in the city.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards City of Coral Springs $1 Million for Public Art Project Focused on Healing After Gun Violence

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the City of Coral Springs, in partnership with the City of Parkland, is a winner of its 2018 Public Art Challenge. Coral Springs will receive $1 million for its project “Inspiring Community Healing After Gun Violence: The Power of Art.” The project will use art to bring the community together in collective healing and reflection following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) shooting in February of 2018.

Mike Bloomberg Announces City of Anchorage Will Receive $1 Million for Public Art Project Addressing Climate Change & Economic Development

Michael R. Bloomberg joined Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz at the Anchorage Museum to announce that the city has been named a 2018 Public Art Challenge winner. Anchorage will receive up to $1 million as part of the Public Art Challenge for its project, Solutions for Energy and Equity through Design (SEED) Lab.

Mike Bloomberg Visits Gary, Ind. for a Conversation about Community Building through the Arts

The Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge supports cities undertaking temporary public art projects that foster creative collaboration, address civic issues, and support local economies.  In 2015, Bloomberg Philanthropies selected the city of Gary as a winner in the inaugural round of the Public Art Challenge.

Since opening in November 2016 at 411 E 5th Ave in Gary, “ArtHouse” has served as a civic center featuring commissioned works of visual art, offering culinary training and business development workshops, and providing cultural programming that uses food as a medium for community engagement.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Names Nearly 50 Cultural Organizations in Baltimore and Denver to Join Cohort of 200 Participating in $43 Million Arts Innovation and Management Training Program

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that 14 cultural organizations in Baltimore and 35 organizations in Denver have been selected to participate in the Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of small and midsize cultural organizations within seven U.S. cities: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.  More than 200 cultural organizations across these seven cities have been selected to participate. A full list of participating organizations can be found here, including the organizations announced today in Baltimore and Denver.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Names More Than 50 Cultural Organizations in Austin and New Orleans to Participate in $43 Million Arts Innovation and Management Training Program

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that 26 cultural organizations in Austin and 27 organizations in New Orleans have been selected to participate in the Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. A list of the organizations can be found here. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of small and midsize cultural organizations within seven U.S. cities: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.  More than 200 cultural organizations have been selected to participate and are being announced on a rolling basis throughout the summer and early fall.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Names 85 Cultural Organizations in Washington D.C. and Pittsburgh to Participate in $43 Million Arts Innovation and Management Training Program

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that 47 cultural organizations in Washington D.C. and 38 organizations Pittsburgh have been selected to participate in the Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. A list of the organizations can be found here. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of small and midsize cultural organizations within seven U.S. cities: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.  More than 200 cultural organizations have been selected to participate and will be announced on an individual basis per city throughout the summer and early fall.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Selects 45 Cultural Organizations in Atlanta to Participate in $43 Million Arts Innovation and Management Training Program

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that 45 cultural organizations in Atlanta have been selected to participate in the Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of small and midsize cultural organizations within seven U.S. cities: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.  More than 200 cultural organizations have been selected to participate and will be announced on an individual basis per city throughout the summer and early fall.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces 14 U.S. Cities in the Running to Receive Up to $1 Million in Funding for Public Art Projects that Address Civic Issues

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced 14 finalists who could receive up to $1 million each as part of the 2018 Public Art Challenge, a program that aims to foster creative collaboration, address civic issues, and support local economies through public art. More than 200 cities applied with proposals addressing a range of pressing issues and social themes such as community development, environmental sustainability, and cultural identity.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Expands Arts Innovation and Management Program with $43 Million Investment in Small and Midsize Cultural Organizations Across Seven Cities Nationwide

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the expansion of the Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program to seven new cities. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of more than 200 small and midsize cultural organizations within seven cities: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Through the $43 million multi-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies will provide unrestricted general operating support as well as arts management training in areas that include fundraising, strategic planning, marketing and board development.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches the 2018 Public Art Challenge for U.S. Cities

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the launch of the 2018 Public Art Challenge. Mayors of U.S. cities with 30,000 residents or more are invited to apply for up to $1 million in funding for temporary public art projects that address important civic issues.  Submissions for dynamic works of art across all disciplines will be considered. Proposed projects will be evaluated on their ability to generate public-private collaborations, celebrate creativity and urban identity, and strengthen local economies.

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Google Arts & Culture Announce the World Cities Culture Forum Leadership Exchange Programme

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Google Arts & Culture, with the World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF), have announced a major new grant opportunity for the 35 member cities of the WCCF to learn from one another and share ideas to solve common challenges across the globe. Each city will have the chance to apply for the Leadership Exchange Programme, a unique initiative designed to extend the expertise of, and foster collaborations within, the WCCF.

The Shed, New York’s New Center for Artistic Invention, Moves Toward 2019 Opening with $75 Million Gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies

Daniel L. Doctoroff, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Alex Poots, Founding Artistic Director and CEO of New York’s new center for artistic invention, The Shed, today announced an extraordinary lead gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies of $75 million toward the capital campaign for the new institution. Currently under construction on Manhattan’s west side, where the High Line meets Hudson Yards, The Shed is scheduled to open to the public in spring 2019.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Supports the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

Bloomberg Philanthropies supports the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia and its programs for broader audience engagement. Bloomberg Philanthropies’ support will enable the Biennale Arte 2017 to widen the reach of its public performance and artist discussion program.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Produces Short Documentaries Highlighting Public Art Challenge Projects in Gary, IN; Los Angeles, CA; Spartanburg, SC and New York Capital Region

A short documentary series created by Bloomberg Philanthropies provide a behind- the-scenes look at how four cities are using temporary public art projects to bring together local government and artists to increase access to the arts, elevate critical issues, foster community engagement and highlight creativity across local industries through the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge. Each of the three-minute shorts, which feature interviews with mayors, artists and cultural leaders working together to develop risk-taking public art projects, showcases the unprecedented levels of contact and cooperation between the arts and civic leaders.

New Tate Modern to Redefine Visitor Experience with Expanded Bloomberg Connects Digital Engagement Program

This week’s opening of Tate Modern’s highly anticipated extension, the Switch House, will incorporate a major expansion of Bloomberg Connects, Tate Modern’s ground-breaking digital partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies to expand the ways in which Tate’s millions of visitors engage with art and artists, and a global Bloomberg Philanthropies program designed to increase access to the arts.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge Grantee, City of Los Angeles Announces Roster of Artists for the City’s First Public Art Biennial

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced several artists participating in the city’s first biennial along the Los Angeles River. The biennial seeks to call attention to water and sustainability as well as act as a cultural experience for visitors. The biennial, titled, Current:LA Water was chosen as one of four grantees in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Art Challenge, which provides funding of up to $1 million for public art and aims to demonstrate the power of culture to advance civic priorities.

Spartanburg City Council views design concepts for $1 million public art project funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies

Spartanburg City Council on Monday night approved design concepts for a $1M public art project that will light up neighborhoods later this year.  The funding is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies. In 2015, the City of Spartanburg was selected as one of four cities nationwide to take part in Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, a new program to support temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships, and drive economic development.

 

3 Mayors Unveil Breathing Lights Events and Announce Competition for Local Artists

Mayors Kathy Sheehan (Albany), Gary McCarthy (Schenectady), and Patrick Madden (Troy) gathered at the rehabilitated former St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Eastern Avenue in Schenectady to announce a full list of neighborhood engagement activities for the Breathing Lights temporary public art project – and call for submissions to a new, local arts competition. Breathing Lights, winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, will illuminate hundreds of vacant buildings in Albany, Schenectady and Troy nightly in October and November 2016.

Six Finalists Selected for ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen, Winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge

ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen is pleased to announce that six individual artists and teams have been selected to submit full proposals for temporary, original, site-­‐responsive public artworks for ArtHouse. The ArtHouse project will transform a 15,000 square foot facility in downtown Gary into a cultural hub showcasing culinary and visual arts. The City of Gary will use this public space to help spur artistic and economic activity and to promote ethical redevelopment of the downtown  district.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces Grantees of $30 Million Arts Innovation and Management Program

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the grantees selected to participate in the foundation’s $30 million Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program for small and midsize nonprofit cultural institutions in six U.S. cities, including Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The invitation-only program, announced in April 2015, supports a diverse set of institutions including local cultural centers and performing, literary and visual art organizations that present music, film, dance, poetry and other art forms.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Selects Four U.S. Cities to Receive Up to $1 Million Each in Funding for Public Art Projects

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced four cities 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 cities selected are: Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, NY, which proposed a collaborative project; as well as Gary, IN, Los Angeles, CA and Spartanburg, SC.

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