Bloomberg names Orlando as finalist in $1 million Public Art Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies has selected Orlando as one of the 17 finalist cities in the running to receive up to $1 million as part of its Public Art Challenge.

Last week, the city announced that it was selected as a finalist from more than 150 project proposals received from cities in 40 states across the nation.

The Public Art Challenge challenges cities to use public art as a “creative way to bring people together to explore solutions to pressing civic challenges,” according to Bloomberg Philanthropies, which works to advance the arts, education, environment, government innovation, and public health. The organization encompasses all of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s charitable activities.

Orlando’s proposed project, which is entitled “Art Pollination,” aims at addressing food insecurity with a project that will “engage artists and farmers to develop art installations in urban landscapes.” The city hopes those art installations will raise awareness about food insecurity and the lack of access to healthy food, according to a statement.

This fall, Bloomberg Philanthropies will select up to 10 winning cities and will begin executing their projects over the next two years.

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