Bloomberg grant for drought art

Los Angeles Times - - CULTURE MONSTER - — David Ng

Plans to dis­play art­works along­side the Los An­ge­les River and to ed­u­cate the public about wa­ter con­ser­va­tion and the drought have re­ceived a sig­nif­i­cant boost thanks to a grant from Bloomberg Phi­lan­thropies, the char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion of New York bil­lion­aire Michael Bloomberg.

Bloomberg Phi­lan­thropies an­nounced Tues­day that four com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives have been se­lected to re­ceive up to $ 1 mil­lion each as part of its Public Art Chal­lenge, a new pro­gram to sup­port tem­po­rary public art projects.

The L. A. ini­tia­tive is ex­pected to com­mis­sion up to 15 mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary works of art and public pro­grams on en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns. As part of the ini­tia­tive, L. A. in­tends to launch a public art bi­en­nial that will dis­play works along­side the L. A. River as well as other sites.

“Cur­rent: LA River” is a part­ner­ship be­tween the off ice of Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city’s Depart­ment of Cul­tural Af­fairs. The pro­ject will be cu­rated by Marc Pally, who serves as artis­tic di­rec­tor of Glow, the bian­nual public art event on the beach in Santa Mon­ica.

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