Press & Media
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.
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 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.
Bloomberg Philanthropies is inviting mayors in cities with 30,000 residents or more to submit proposals for innovative temporary public art projects that demonstrate close collaboration between artists, or arts organizations and city government. At least three cities will be selected to receive up to $1 million each over two years.
Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the expansion and rebranding of Bloomberg Connects (formerly known as the Digital Engagement Initiative). Bloomberg Connects provides funding for the development of technology to increase access to cultural institutions and enhance visitor experiences. The expansion includes a new $17 million commitment to support the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Science Museum in London to produce innovative projects like immersive rooms, interactive devices and mobile applications that use cutting edge technology and enable visitors to share content.
Visitors to the 31st Sao Paulo Bienal, the world’s second largest art show, can access all the arts works and projects exhibited in the event via their mobile devices, thanks to an application sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies available today at <a href=”http://app.31bienal.org.br” target=”_blank”>http://app.31bienal.org.br</a>
The Bloomberg Bienal App will provide a comprehensive guide to works on display in Sao Paulo starting September 6th. The digital platform will give visitors the event’s agenda, a comprehensive guide to the most important art pieces, exclusive information on the featured artists, and the text from the curators that appear on the walls with maps and photos. It will also create a special channel of dialogue with the public by integrating with social networks.
The New York Botanical Garden Launches Groundbreakers App, Providing Mobile Access to Garden Programming and Content
The New York Botanical Garden has launched a new Groundbreakers mobile application, available for free download to iOS-enabled smart phones and tablets on Apple’s iTunes. The Groundbreakers app is the latest addition to a mobile media program, sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies, which aims to develop apps that provide access to cultural and science programming and educational content in a highly customized mobile experience. More information is available on the Botanical Garden’s Web site at www.nybg.org/app/.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Expands Arts Engagement Initiative to Enhance Visitor Experiences Through Mobile Platforms
Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the expansion of the Bloomberg Arts Engagement Initiative that provides support for mobile technology intended to increase access to the arts and enhance visitor experiences through technology. Five cultural institutions will receive a new $15 million commitment beginning in June 2013. Traditional audio guides–which have long been the default method of connecting museum-goers with exhibits–will be replaced by state-of-the art mobile guides that take advantage of cutting edge technologies like GPS and 3D imaging.
SeatGeek, a New York based tech start-up and leading ticket search engine, is partnering with Bloomberg Philanthropies to make the unique New York cultural arts experience discoverable in a new, dynamic way.
Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the launch of the Arts Advancement Initiative, its new effort to support small- and mid-sized nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in New York City. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the City’s arts groups and counter the negative impact of the economic downturn. Through the two-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies will offer $32 million of unrestricted general operating support to about 250 small- and mid-sized organizations throughout the five boroughs. To strengthen the organizations’ long-term capacity, all groups will participate in technical assistance programming and will be required to focus on either attracting broader audiences or improving selected management practices. The arts are critically important to New York City’s cultural and economic wellbeing. Nearly half of the record 48.7 million tourists who visited New York City last year came to see arts and cultural attractions.