TRANSFORMING URBAN SPACES WITH DYNAMIC PUBLIC ART
The Public Art Challenge encourages mayors to collaborate with artists to develop innovative public art projects that address critical issues in their communities. The 2018 edition of the Challenge is currently underway. U.S. mayors of cities with 30,000 residents or more have been invited to apply and receive up to $1 million in funding for temporary public art projects that address an important civic issue. At least three cities will be selected in 2018 to execute their projects over a maximum of 24 months.
The foundation’s first Public Art Challenge, announced in the fall of 2014, supported creative projects in four cities: Gary, IN; Los Angeles, CA; Spartanburg, SC; and a collaborative team from Albany, Schenectady and Troy, NY. The inaugural Public Art Challenge generated significant activity across four regions, including catalyzing $13 million for local economies, 10 million views, 245 partnerships, and 490 public programs.
The 14 finalists for the 2018 Public Art Challenge are: Anchorage, AK; Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Camden, NJ; Coral Springs, FL; El Paso, TX; Holyoke, MA; Honolulu, HI; Jackson, MS; Miami-Dade County, FL; Santa Rosa, CA; Seattle, WA; St. Louis, MO; and Tulsa, OK.
The Public Art Challenge is part of the American Cities Initiative, a suite of investments that empower cities to generate innovation and advance policy that moves the nation forward.