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Thursday, 05 March 2015 10:34

SiTE:LAB one of 12 projects in running for $1M funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies

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A Grand Rapids project is among a dozen programs nationwide that are in the running to receive up to $1 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies, according to an announcement today.

SiTE:LAB was selected as one of the 12 finalists in the Public Art Challenge for its Rumsey Street initiative. The project would convert four adjacent vacant structures into a temporary art center with large-scale art installations and performances.

The organization, the City of Grand Rapids and Habitat for Humanity of Kent County plan to host an international design competition to “temporarily transform” the properties before they’re transitioned into affordable house, according to a statement.

Mayors of cities with 30,000 people or more were invited to submit proposals for temporary public art projects that address a civic issue, as well as encourage the collaboration of arts organizations and local government.

“At a time when imaginative ideas are redefining every industry, cities increasingly realize how important it is to embrace and encourage creativity,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, a philanthropist and the former mayor of New York City. “There was a great response to the challenge we issued, and we hope these projects spur new excitement about the ways public art can strengthen neighborhoods, inspire residents and fuel local economies.”

SiTE:LAB and its partners must now submit a full proposal to vie for the funding. Three winning cities will be selected in May. 

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