Michael R. Bloomberg 


New York’s former mayor has become a major patron of the arts through the arts-and-culture arm of his giving organization, Bloomberg Philanthropies (which allocated $462 million among six areas of interest in 2014). In October, the foundation announced its Public Arts Challenge, which will give at least three American cities up to $1 million over a period of two years to sponsor public art displays. Two hundred and thirty seven cities applied; 12 finalists were announced in February, and in May [TK: the cities that received funding were announced.]



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