THE NORTH IS A CATALYST FOR CHANGE
SEED Lab brings creative practitioners and communities together to address the challenges of living in the North.
SEED Lab programs and activities connect people and ideas in radical and transformative ways that stimulate creative and critical thinking. Cross-disciplinary groups of creative practice professionals, community members and subject matter experts guide and shape SEED Lab projects.
SEED Lab embodies a living lab concept: It is an arena for innovation and a place for social exchange and community empowerment. It is a both a place and a process for seeding creative ideas.
SEED Lab is one of five winners of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge. The Challenge awards $1 million each to five cities to create public art that explores pressing social issues. Bloomberg’s last Public Art Challenge ran in 2014 and eventually led to an estimated $13 million in economic growth across the four areas where projects were installed. So Bloomberg re-launched the idea in February 2018 with this competition that drew more than 200 entries from cities with at least 30,000 or more people. At its core, art is meant to be talked about. The hope is that more discussion leads to positive change–and perhaps a model for what’s possible elsewhere.