Holyoke competing against 13 other cities in the country for a $732K art grant

Hampden County

Holyoke has been selected as a finalist in the running to receive up to $732,000 as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge.

That includes visual art such as murals and interactive art exhibits that will be placed on Main Street in Holyoke.

Holyoke’s project will focus on celebrating the vibrancy of the city’s Puerto Rican neighborhoods through the development of visual art.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse said this effort has been a community partnership that includes residents of South Holyoke & the Flats.

“Intention is to involve community members in South Holyoke and downtown in particular to see what type of public art we can install to provoke conversations about issues of social justice, racial justice, immigration, sustainability, housing and things like that,” said Morse.

The city submitted its application in partnership with Nueva Esperanza.

The project also aims to assist low-income communities and those who migrated to the Holyoke following Hurricane Maria.

The final voting for who will receive this money will take place this fall.

Holyoke is competing against:

  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • Austin, Texas
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Camden, New Jersey
  • Coral Springs, Florida
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jackson, Mississippi
  • Miami-Dade County, Florida
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma

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