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Arts & Culture

The arts expand our horizons and help our communities thrive.

The arts inspire and engage people, bring creativity and vibrancy to communities, and strengthen local economies. The arts attract visitors that support local businesses. Public art projects bring communities together and help citizens experience familiar places in exciting new ways. Everyone should have the opportunity to experience all that the arts have to offer. By finding creative ways to use technology, arts and culture organizations can make more of their offerings available to more people, more of the time.



May 2017

As a supporter of the Shed in Hudson Yards from its conception over a decade ago, Mike Bloomberg helps see it through to completion. The Shed is another example of Bloomberg’s belief that arts and culture have a power to anchor communities in cities worldwide.


May 2016

New York Botanical Garden, a Bloomberg Philanthropies’ grantee, launches its mobile guide for 2016 summer exhibition on Impressionism.

May 2016

Lincoln Center launches the Core and Tour apps, with features including personalized tours, ticketing and drink orders, all supported by Bloomberg Connects.


October 2014

Bloomberg Philanthropies launches the Public Art Challenge, inviting U.S. mayors to collaborate with artists and arts organizations to develop innovative projects that engage residents, attract visitors, and transforms public spaces. At least three cities will each receive up to $1 million.

May 2014

The National September 11 Memorial Museum opens to the public. Mike Bloomberg, appointed Chairman of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in 2006, helps bring the project to fruition.


December 2013

New York City expects to reach 54.3 million visitors by the end of 2013, a new all-time high and an increase of nearly 20 million additional annual tourists from 2002. The city is also on pace to reach 55 million annual visitors by 2014.

November 2013

Mayor Bloomberg becomes known as New York City’s “Arts Mayor.” The Department of Cultural Affairs becomes the largest single arts funder in the U.S. and overhauls the grants process to expand access and equity, increasing the number of recipient non-profits by 34%.


October 2012

Mayor Bloomberg cuts the ribbon on the completed Lincoln Center redevelopment. During the Bloomberg Administration, $3 billion in capital funding was directed to hundreds of arts organizations for over 600 projects citywide.

September 2012

Mayor Bloomberg breaks ground on the third and final section of the High Line, which is planned to extend one half mile beyond the current northern end of the High Line park and has welcomed more than ten million visitors since it opened in 2009.

January 2012

Bloomberg LP supports the London Cultural Olympiad projects, including Elizabeth Streb’s One ExtraOrdinary Day, World Stages and Winning Words.


June 2009

The first section of the High Line, a new public park built on top of a 1930s-era elevated rail line, opens to the public. The High Line is the first public park of its kind in the U.S. and the culmination of more than three years of construction and ten years of planning.

January 2009

Mayor Bloomberg supports the launch of the Cultural Data Project (CDP) in New York State. CDP is an online fiscal management tool designed to strengthen arts organizations and gather reliable, longitudinal data on the cultural sector.


May 2005

Governors Island becomes open to the public. At the beginning of the Administration, Governors Island was little more than an abandoned and neglected green space. By 2013, Governors Island becomes a major attraction for New Yorkers and visitors.


April 2004

To increase civic recognition of the City’s diverse, dynamic creative sector, Mayor Bloomberg revives the Mayor’s Awards for Arts and Culture, the Handel Medallion, and the Doris C. Freedman Award; and establishes the Literary Awards.


March 2000

Visual art becomes a required component of buildings endowed by Mike Bloomberg, resulting in commissions by Mary Miss for Princeton University Institute of Advanced Study, Sol LeWitt, and Spencer Finch at Johns Hopkins Hospital.


March 1997

First year of Bloomberg LP corporate sponsorship champions access and creative vision. Projects include the reopening of the Lincoln Center Festival, Royal Shakespeare Company’s residency at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Andy Warhol at the Whitney Museum, and Keith Haring on Park Avenue.