News Release - City Seeking Artists and Small Arts Organizations to Provide Arts Programming Across Rochester

City of Rochester

News Release

(Tuesday, May 16, 2023) – As part of the City’s Percent for the Arts program, Mayor Malik D. Evans announced that $100,000 is available for ArtsBloom, an initiative to fund arts education, performing arts and temporary art programming across Rochester. The City has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) to facilitate selection of projects that will receive funding.

“We are fortunate to have a talented, diverse and thriving creative community here, and I am excited that the City will support those individuals and organizations through ArtsBloom,” said Mayor Malik D. Evans. “By opening up new opportunities for every resident to experience the arts near where they live, we will create opportunities for people to connect with one another and their neighborhoods in new and inspiring ways.”

The Percent for the Arts program aligns with the City’s vision for a more dynamic and equitable city of and for the arts as outlined in the Arts & Culture section of the Rochester 2034 Comprehensive Plan. The concept for ArtsBloom was developed in partnership with an advisory panel of local artists and arts community members called the Arts and Creative Community Committee (AC3). 

The ArtsBloom RFP can be found at The deadline to submit proposals is 5 p.m., June 1.

For more information on the City’s various arts and culture initiatives, including those dedicated to capital art (permanent physical installations) go to