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Public Art Challenge

Grantor: Bloomberg Philanthropies
Posted: February 19, 2018
Due: April 19, 2018

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Art Challenge encourages mayors to partner with artists, elevating the value of including the creative sector when developing solutions to significant urban issues. The program supports temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private collaborations, and strengthen local economies.

Bloomberg Philanthropies invites mayors of U.S. cities with 30,000 residents or more to submit proposals for projects that demonstrate close partnership between artists, arts organizations and city government. At least three cities will be selected to receive up to $1 million each over two years.

The Public Art Challenge is a part of Mike Bloomberg’s American Cities Initiative, an effort to help U.S. cities generate innovation and advance policy. Applications must be submitted by the mayor or chief executive of the host city on behalf of a collaboration between the city and an artist and/or arts organization.

Selection Criteria
  • Innovative public art project
  • Potential for positive impact on the host city
  • Proof of clear, specific partnership between local government and artists and/or arts organizations
  • Commitment to evaluating outcomes
  • Evidence of technical feasibility of the project idea and its implementation (i.e. staff, consultants, fabricators, engineers, strategy for regulatory approvals, etc.)
  • Appropriate budget and capacity to leverage other sources of support
  • Strong marketing and audience engagement strategies.
For additional questions or technical problems with the online application please email publicart@bloomberg.org or call 212-205-0222.
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Before your city applies for federal grants:

  • Appoint a contact person
  • Register with Grants.gov using the following steps (please note: this may take between 3 business days and 3 weeks):
Additional information can be found here or by contacting Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726.