Bloomberg Philanthropies today revealed the four US cities it’s chosen as winners of its first-ever Public Art Challenge grant. Grants of up to $1 million each will be given to Los Angeles, California; Spartanburg, South Carolina; Gary, Indiana; and a combination of Albany, Schenectady and Troy, New York. Adam Frelin, Theaster Gates, Marc Pally, and Erwin Redl are the four artists and curators involved in the projects.
The chosen projects range in their approaches to civic engagement: Gary, Indiana’s ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen, staged in collaboration with Gates, will serve as a civic center featuring commissioned works and offering culinary training. Meanwhile, Los Angeles will select fifteen artists to create public art that raises awareness of the city’s need for water conservation.
Bloomberg Philanthropies invited mayors of US cities with thirty thousand citizens or more to submit proposals.
“Great public art strengthens cities by making them more exciting and attractive places to live, work, and visit. Public art can also help us to see urban challenges in a new light, and imagine new solutions,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York.