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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 today 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.

Bloomberg Philanthropies To Invest $30 Million in Arts and Cultural Organizations in Six Cities Nationwide

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the nationwide expansion of the Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program, formerly known as the Arts Advancement Initiative. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen nearly 300 small- and mid-sized organizations within six cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces 12 Cities in the Running to Receive Up to $1 Million in Funding for Public Art Projects that Address Civic Topics

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced 12 finalist cities in the running 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. Bloomberg Philanthropies invited mayors of U.S. cities with 30,000 residents or more to submit proposals for innovative temporary public art projects that address a civic issue, and demonstrate close collaboration between artists or arts organizations and city government. More than 230 cities submitted proposals for consideration in the Public Art Challenge, representing 68 million residents across the United States.

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