Inside Philanthropy: The Head of Bloomberg Philanthropies' Arts Program on Harnessing the "Power of the Creative Sector"

By Mike Scutari

12 July 2018

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It’s been an eventful six months for Kate D. Levin, the woman who oversees Bloomberg Philanthropies' Arts program.

Earlier this year, the funder launched its 2018 Public Art Challenge. In mid-May, it announced it would invest $43 million to expand its Arts Innovation and Management program, which has funded over 500 small and mid-sized cultural institutions since 2011.

And around the same time, Bloomberg released its Arts Investments and Impacts report, which illustrated how its programs "harness the power of the creative sector to improve communities by supporting artists, investing in cultural organizations, and improving audience experience to strengthen the creative landscape that is critical to social and economic vibrancy in cities."

Bloomberg has proven to be well ahead of the curve in an arts funding landscape that finds donors increasingly concerned about engaging diverse audiences, supporting smaller cash-strapped organizations and articulating the value of the "arts experience."

I recently had the opportunity to connect with Levin about her work, the promise of public art, and what she called the growing appreciation among urban stakeholders of "the creative sector’s ability to address pressing civic issues." Here is a recap of the interview.

Read the full interview on Inside Philanthropy.