Syracuse, one of 26 cities to receive $ 25,000 for an asphalt art project

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Syracuse will receive the 2021 Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art Initiative grant, Mayor Ben Walsh announced earlier this week.

The city received $ 25,000 to “reinvent an underused patch of asphalt in front of Syracuse City Hall,” the press release said. Along with Syracuse, 25 other cities – including Detroit, Michigan; Memphis, Tennessee and San Juan, Puerto Rico – also received the grant to reclaim public space and “make (cities) brighter and safer and build community.”

The Asphalt Art Initiative draws on work in New York City during Michael Bloomberg’s 11 years as mayor as well as the work of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ consultancy, Bloomberg Associates, to advise cities on the creation of works. asphalt art.

The press release says the asphalt art project will be completed in 2022. With the grant, the city will liven up the median along East Washington Street between Market Street and Montgomery Street. Although it is currently used for parking, the median housed flowerbeds and walking spaces for pedestrians, the statement said.

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The project will be a “proof of concept” and the paint and materials used will be those that the city can easily replace or maintain.

“I am delighted to involve our local community in the imagination and creation of this project,” said Walsh. “With the help of Adapt CNY and local residents, we can use art and design to revitalize this public space in a way that also improves safety and mobility.”

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