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June 24, 2015

Bloomberg Fund Picks Winners of $1 Million Public-Art Grants

Bloomberg Philanthropies on Tuesday named the four winning entries in its Public Art Challenge to encourage cultural efforts in urban areas, reports The New York Times.

Projects in Los Angeles; Gary, Ind.; Spartanburg, S.C.; and a joint proposal from the upstate New York cities of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy were selected from among more than 230 submissions to receive grants of up to $1 million from ex-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation.

The winning cities have up to two years to complete the temporary installations and exhibitions in public spaces and must contribute their own money to the projects.

The Public Art Challenge, launched last fall, aims to encourage public-private partnerships to develop public art, which Mr. Bloomberg said in a statement Tuesday can make cities "more exciting and attractive places to live, work, and visit" and "help us to see urban challenges in a new light."