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Asphalt Art Projects

Bloomberg Philanthropies is pleased to support 42 asphalt art projects in U.S. cities and 3 pilot projects in Europe

The Asphalt Art Initiative grant program is designed to fund visual art interventions on roadways, pedestrian spaces, and public infrastructure in U.S. cities with the goal of:

  • Improving street and pedestrian safety
  • Revitalizing and activating underutilized public space
  • Promoting collaboration and civic engagement in local communities

Completed projects


United States

Upcoming projects

Atlanta, GA

Mayor Keisha L. Bottoms

  • City of Atlanta Department of Transportation
  • Pillyr Foundation

Baltimore, MD

Mayor Brandon Scott

  • ReBuild Johnston Square Neighborhood Organization
  • Baltimore City Department of Transportation
  • MICA Center for Social Design

Billings, MT

Mayor Bill Cole

  • Billings Industrial Revitalization District
  • City of Billings Department of Public Works

Birmingham, AL

Mayor Randall Woodfin

  • City of Birmingham Department of Transportation
  • Create Birmingham, Birmingham Public Library

Calexico, CA

Mayor Bill Hodge

  • City of Calexico Planning Division
  • Calexico Arts Council
  • City of Calexico Public Works Department

Chicago, IL

Mayor Lori Lightfoot

  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council
  • City of Chicago Department of Transportation

Cincinnati, OH

Mayor John Cranley

  • City of Cincinnati Department of Transportation & Engineering
  • Art on the Streets, Cincinnati Development Fund

Denver, CO

Mayor Michael B. Hancock

  • City & County of Denver Department of Transportation & Infrastructure
  • BuCu West Creative District

Detroit, MI

Mayor Michael E. Duggan

  • Sidewalk Detroit, City of Detroit Department of Public Works
  • Planning and Development Department
  • Office of Arts Culture and Entrepreneurship

Dubuque, IA

Mayor Roy Buol

  • City of Dubuque Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
  • Green Dubuque

East Providence, RI

Mayor Roberto DaSilva

  • City of East Providence Department of Planning and Economic Development
  • City of East Providence Department of Public Works
  • East Providence Arts Council

Fairbanks, AK

Mayor Jim Matherly

  • Fairbanks Surface Area Transportation (FAST) Planning
  • City of Fairbanks Engineering & Public Works Department
  • Downtown Association of Fairbanks

Houston, TX

Mayor Sylvester Turner

  • City of Houston Public Works
  • My Connect Community
  • Southwest Management District

Huntington, WV

Mayor Steve Williams

  • City of Huntington Department of Public Works
  • Huntington Mayor’s Council on the Arts

Kansas City, MO

Mayor Quinton Lucas

  • Street Smarts Design + Build
  • City of Kansas City
  • Missouri Public Works Department
  • Kansas City Artists Coalition

Kodiak, AK

Mayor Pat Branson

  • City of Kodiak Department of Public Works
  • Kodiak History Museum
  • Kodiak Arts Council

Long Beach, CA

Mayor Robert Garcia

  • City of Long Beach Public Works Department
  • Arts Council for Long Beach

Memphis, TN

Mayor Jim Strickland

  • Heights Community Development Corporation
  • City of Memphis Division of Engineering

New Brunswick, NJ

Mayor James M. Cahill

  • City of New Brunswick Department of Planning, Community, and Economic Development
  • coLAB Arts

Newark, NJ

Mayor Ras J. Baraka

  • City of Newark Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs
  • Project for Empty Space

Niagara Falls, NY

Mayor Robert M. Restaino

  • Niagara Falls National Heritage Area
  • City of Niagara Falls Department of Public Works

Providence, RI

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza

  • City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism
  • City of Providence Department of Public Works
  • Rhode Island Latino Arts
  • Providence Streets Coalition
  • Partnership for Providence Parks

San Juan, PR

Mayor Miguel Romero Lugo

  • Mayor’s Office of Federal Affairs
  • San Juan Department of Economic Development and Tourism
  • San Juan Department of Transportation
  • Colectivo de Arte Urbano

St. Louis, MO

Mayor Tishaura Jones

  • City of St. Louis Planning and Urban Design
  • St. Louis Art Works

Starkville, MS

Mayor Lynn Spruill

  • Fred Carl Jr. Small Town Center
  • City of Starkville Engineering Department

Syracuse, NY

Mayor Ben Walsh

  • City of Syracuse Department of Public Works
  • City of Syracuse Public Art Commission

Tallahassee, FL

Mayor John E. Dailey

  • City of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Affairs Department
  • Council on Culture & Arts (COCA)
  • Greater Bond Neighborhood Association

Tucson, AZ

Mayor Regina Romero

  • City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility
  • Living Streets Alliance

Wilmington, DE

Mayor Michael S. Purzycki

  • Cityfest, Inc.
  • City of Wilmington Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
  • Flux Creative Consulting

For inspiration and tips for the creation of art on roadways and public places, download the Bloomberg Associates Asphalt Art Guide which features successful plaza and roadway art activations around the world, as well as key steps for developing such projects.

Asphalt Art Guide