Bloomberg Philanthropies launched a "public art challenge" Monday that will provide $1-million in grants to three cities to mount projects in the performing arts, the visual arts, or multimedia in public spaces, Newsweek reports. Cities with populations of at least 30,000 are eligible to apply for the awards from ex-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation through Dec. 15.
Though Mr. Bloomberg has said he is not particularly fond of the arts himself, his mayoral administration won plaudits from arts advocates for actively promoting and financing cultural endeavors. In a statement, he said public art projects "play a vital role in bringing new energy to cities—along with new visitors and economic activity." The winning cities, to be announced in May, will have two years to complete their projects.