Bloomberg Philanthropies will give three cities up to $1 million each to sponsor public art projects, the foundation announced Monday. Applicants will need to demonstrate their ability to create projects that strengthen public-private partnership. From the website:
As part of the program, the Bloomberg Philanthropies grant will cover development, execution and project related expenditures but will not fund 100% of project costs. The grant is intended to provide catalytic funds as part of a strong, committed consortium of supporters. Submissions for visual and performing arts, including multimedia installations, will be considered.
“Public art projects play a vital role in bringing new energy to cities—along with new visitors and more economic activity,” says the press release. Cities with a population of 30,000 or more can submit applications for “innovative temporary public art projects that demonstrate close collaboration between artists, or arts organizations and city government.”
Eligible cities can submit applications for the “public art challenge” beginning on October 13, 2014, and must be submitted by the city’s mayor or chief official. The deadline is December 15. Following a review period, finalists will be selected and asked to submit a full proposal in February 2015. "At least three cities will be selected in May to execute their projects over a maximum of 24 months.
The announcement of final recipients will be made in May of 2015, and the granted cities will have 24 months to complete their proposed projects.
The application and full information on criteria and deadlines can be found online.
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.