The Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge invites mayors of U.S. cities with 30,000 residents or more to apply for up to $1 million in funding to create temporary public art projects that address important civic issues. Submissions for dynamic works of art across all disciplines will be considered, and proposed projects will be evaluated on their ability to generate public-private collaborations, celebrate creativity and urban identity, and strengthen local economies. The Public Art Challenge encourages mayors to partner with artists, elevating the value of including the creative sector when developing solutions to significant urban problems.

Up to 10 winners will be chosen in 2023 to execute their projects – which may include multiple installations in a single city – over 24 months. Grants will cover project-related expenditures including development, execution, and marketing. More information on criteria and process can be found on https://publicartchallenge.bloomberg.org/. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2023, 5 pm Eastern Time. 


Grant term: 2023-2025

  • Phase 1 Applications Due: February 15, 2023, 5 pm Eastern Time. 
  • Finalists Announced: Spring 2023
  • Phase 2 Applications Due: Spring 2023
  • Winners Announced: Fall 2023
  • Kick-Off Meetings: Fall 2023
  • Installation: 2024-2025 (exceptions may apply)

*Timeline/dates subject to change 

Submitting Your Application
Submit a digital application via the form below by 5 pm Eastern Time on February 15, 2023.

If you have technical trouble completing your application or have questions about your Submittable account, please contact Submittable Support.

If you have questions about the application form or process, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions on our website. If you still need assistance, send an email to publicart@bloomberg.org

Only information submitted through this online form will be reviewed. Applicants must provide all requested information within the word limit on the form.

You can start and save a draft of your application at any time. All information must be finalized and submitted by the due date stated above.

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