In October 2023, Bloomberg Philanthropies selected Phoenix as a $1 million grant winner as part of its Public Art Challenge. This unique program supports temporary public art projects that address important local civic issues in cities nationwide. Phoenix's project, ¡Sombra! The Celebration of Shade will commission artists to create shading and cooling installations in response to extreme urban heat.


The department will commission nine temporary art installations as part of this project.  In 2025, the installations will be temporarily located in neighborhood parks throughout Phoenix; in September 2025, they will be reinstalled at Steele Indian School Park for a free, one-day festival celebrating the community's resilience to heat and the critical importance of shade in Phoenix. 

The Call for Proposals is now closed.  Announcement of the selected artists is anticipated in April 2024.  Each installation will also include community engagement activities, which will be announced this summer. ​​


Lead Artists

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The Project Team, led by the Arts and Culture Department, also includes two Phoenix artists, Fausto Fernandez​ (L) and Maria Salenger (R), who will work closely with the selected artists to fully develop and implement their proposed ideas.​

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Call for Proposals - Deadline: February 12

RFP Information
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​​For questions or more information, please contact Carrie Brown, deputy director, at carrie.brown@phoenix.gov​.​​​

​The project is a collaboration between Arts and Culture, Parks and Recreation, the Office of Innovation, the Office of Heat Response and Mitigation, and the Office of Mayor Kate Gallego.