(Camden, NJ) The City of Camden has been selected as a finalist to receive funding for a project that would address illegal dumping in the area.
On Wednesday, July 18th, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that Camden has been chosen as a finalist in the running to receive up to $1 million as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge program.
The program aims to foster creative collaboration, address civic issues, and support local economies through public art.
More than 200 cities across the country applied and Camden, along with 13 others, have been invited to submit a full proposal.
The City of Camden, in collaboration with Cooper’s Ferry Partnership and Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, proposes transforming the vacant lots suffering from blight, litter, and illegal dumping.
Officials say the lots would be converted into multi-purpose community forums hosting art installations and providing a visually and socially impactful statement to the more than 65,000 people who travel through Camden daily.
For more information about the Public Art Challenge visit publicartchallenge.bloomberg.org.