Correction: Bloomberg Grant-Mississippi story
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In a story Nov. 29 about a public art grant funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Associated Press relying on information from the head of the group, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, erroneously reported that Jackson, Mississippi, was one of 14 grant winners. A spokeswoman for Bloomberg Philanthropies later said there were 14 finalists and Jackson was one of the five winners.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Mississippi capital gets $1M for art focusing on food access
Mississippi’s capital city is receiving a $1 million grant for public art focusing on access to fresh food
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s capital city is receiving a $1 million grant for public art focusing on access to fresh food.
The money comes from Bloomberg Philanthropies, run by billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg.
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba jokingly welcomed the former New York mayor “to the deep-fried South” as they appeared together Thursday for the grant announcement.
Bloomberg said 200 cities competed for a public art grant. A spokeswoman for Bloomberg Philanthropies said there were 14 finalists and five winners.
Other winners already announced are Anchorage, Alaska and a partnership of two Florida cities, Coral Springs and Parkland. Two other winners will be announced in coming weeks.
Bloomberg says the art could generate discussion about nutrition.
Lumumba says a goal to draw attention to communities where people don’t have access to fresh food or “don’t make the proper choices in the things that they eat.”
Artists, chefs, farmers, landscape architects and others will work on art installations and programs for the “Fertile Ground” project.