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Posted on: July 18, 2018

City in Running for Public Art Funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies

Santa Rosa, CA - Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge Finalist

City of Santa Rosa Selected as a Finalist in the Running to Receive Up to $350,000 from Bloomberg Philanthropies in Funding for Public Art Project that Addresses Civic Issue

Santa Rosa Proposal Addresses Resiliency and Natural Disaster Recovery Through Public Art Project

Santa Rosa, CA – Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced that the City of Santa Rosa has been selected as a finalist in the running to receive up to $350,000 as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, a program that aims to foster creative collaboration, address civic issues, and support local economies through public art. More than 200 cities applied, and the City of Santa Rosa along with 13 other cities, has been invited to submit a full proposal.

In February, Bloomberg Philanthropies invited mayors of U.S. cities with 30,000 residents or more to submit proposals for temporary public art projects that address important civic issues, and demonstrate an ability to generate public-private collaborations, celebrate creativity and urban identity, and strengthen local economies. Cities could request up to $1 million as part of their project proposal. The City of Santa Rosa requested $350,000 for its proposed project.

Proposals received from cities across the country address a range of pressing issues and social themes such as environmental sustainability, immigration, national disaster recovery, and cultural identity. Additionally, the proposals reflect a diverse use of artistic mediums including augmented reality, light installations, murals, and performances.

The City of Santa Rosa proposes an artist residency program to explore concepts of home and resiliency in the aftermath of the recent and unprecedented wildfires disaster. Artists will be “residents” in active city agencies and have access to historical archives, community programs and gallery space through a partnership with the Museums of Sonoma County. The residency will conclude with a public art exhibition and installations.

“It is an honor for our city to be considered as a finalist for this prestigious public art opportunity,” said Mayor Chris Coursey. “As we work toward recovery from the wildfires that devastated areas of Santa Rosa last October, now more than ever, our community could benefit from creative outlets that help with the healing process. This opportunity has the potential to bring deep and lasting value to our city.”

Bloomberg Philanthropies will select at least three winners from among these 14 finalists in the fall to execute their projects over a maximum of 24 months. The grant is intended to provide catalytic funds as part of a strong, committed consortium of supporters. As such, the Bloomberg Philanthropies grants will cover project-related expenditures including development, execution, and marketing, but will not fund 100 percent of the total project costs.

The Public Art Challenge is a part of Mike Bloomberg’s American Cities Initiative, an effort to help U.S. cities generate innovation and advance policy. The Public Art Challenge allows mayors and artists to join forces to elevate the value of including the creative sector when developing solutions to significant urban issues.

Bloomberg Philanthropies has a proven track record of supporting creative and innovative public art. Over 400 cities have submitted proposals for consideration in the Public Art Challenge since 2014. The foundation’s inaugural Public Art Challenge catalyzed $13 million for local economies across the four winning regions and illuminated civic issues including economic decline, vacancy, water conservation and police-community relations.

More information about the Public Art Challenge can be found on

About Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies works in 480 cities in more than 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2017, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $702 million. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter.

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