Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivers $1m public art grant to Anchorage

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg paid a visit to Anchorage Wednesday, joining Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz in announcing Anchorage as the winner of the 2018 Public Art Challenge, part of Bloomberg Philanthropies' Solutions for Energy and Equity through Design (SEED) Lab.

The award comes up with up to $1 million to transform a neglected downtown building into a cultural center.

According to a release from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the city of Anchorage will join forces with the Anchorage Museum in a collaboration to work on the project with the overall aim of creating awareness and formulating solutions to climate change.

“Alaska is experiencing the impacts of climate change twice as fast as the rest of the country,” Michael Bloomberg said. “But it’s not too late to make a difference. That’s what the SEED Lab is all about. And by featuring a wide variety of art works about climate change, I hope SEED Lab will inspire ideas for solutions not only in Alaska, but across the world.”

The property slated to become the SEED Lab is right across the street from the Anchorage Museum.