Rochester applies to expand public art

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(ABC 6 News) – The city of Rochester is hoping to win a one-million-dollar grant to kickstart a public art project that would span across the whole city.

The council heard the proposal in a study session Monday afternoon.

The money comes from the Bloomberg Philanthropies public art challenge. If awarded, the city will put up interactive art in the Oak Terrace and 41st Street neighborhoods as well as the Rochester Art center.

The art will be focused on mental health and well-being.

“While we have a concept, the details whether it be poets, um it will be music and visual arts and physical arts. It isn’t just a one thing, it will involve the whole community,” Mayor Kim Norton said.

The city will find out if they’ve won or not by fall of this year and if they don’t win. City officials say they’re looking into other grants to fund the project.