has announced the launch of a new initiative to support public art projects that enhance creativity and enrich the vibrancy of communities across the country.
Through its , the foundation is inviting mayors in cities with at least thirty thousand residents to submit proposals for 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 $1 million each over two years to cover project-related expenses.
Grants awarded through the challenge are designed to provide seed funding that attracts a committed consortium of supporters for public in each community. Applications will be evaluated on their ability to develop and execute dynamic public art projects that establish or strengthen public-private partnerships between local government and other funders and include strong audience engagement strategies as well as a commitment to evaluating outcomes and impact on the host city.
"Public art projects play a vital role in bringing new energy to cities — along with new visitors and more economic activity," said former New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. "New York City hosted nearly five hundred temporary public art installations during my time as mayor, and we saw just how powerful they can be. Bloomberg Philanthropies remains strongly committed to supporting public art and artists — and to helping more citizens experience familiar places in exciting new ways."