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Bloomberg Philanthropies name Orlando as Finalist in $1 million Public Art Challenge

Orlando has been named as one of 17 U.S. Cities selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies as finalists in a Public Art Challenge wth $1 million.

Bloomberg Philanthropies name Orlando as Finalist in $1 million Public Art Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies have announced Orlando as one of 17 U.S. cities as finalists to receive grants of up to $1 million each as part of the Public Art Challenge, a program launched in 2014 to support temporary public art projects that address an urgent civic issue.

More than 150 cities from 40 U.S. states applied, and the most frequently cited issues they would tackle include urban revitalization, environmental sustainability, and equity. Proposals also included addressing unsheltered communities, gun safety, and public health.

Projects included a wide range of creative expression such as sculptures, murals, performances, digital projects, light installations, and festivals.

Orlando's proposal focused on Food Insecurity, with the City of Orlando proposing “Art Pollination,” a project that will engage artists and farmers to develop art installations in urban landscapes that will raise awareness about food insecurity and the lack of access to healthy food.

Bloomberg Philanthropies will select up to 10 winners from among these 17 finalists in fall 2023 to execute their projects within the next two years.

“Public art provides a creative way to bring communities together, strengthen local economies, and make cities more inspiring and dynamic,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies and 108th mayor of New York City. “This year’s proposals show that public art, and the partnerships they forge between artists and local governments, is stronger than ever.”

The 17 cities who have made the shortlist are:

Alameda, CA

Atlanta, GA

Austin, TX

Baltimore, MD

Columbus, OH

Honolulu, HI

Houston, TX

Miami, FL

Minneapolis, MN

Nashville, TN

New Orleans, LA

Orlando, FL

Philadelphia, PA

Phoenix, AZ

Raleigh, NC

Salt Lake City

San Diego, CA

Bloomberg Philanthropies name Orlando as Finalist in $1 million Public Art Challenge

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