Mayor, council members propose public art program

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and City Councilmen Glynn Hines and Tom Freistroffer along with Arts United officials proposed a Public Art Program and Public Art Commission Thursday at Citizens Square.

They will introduce a proposal on next Tuesday’s council meeting for the program, which would increase public art throughout the city. The program would include a 13-member volunteer commission.

“Public art helps create interesting and vibrant spaces, the kinds of places that people want to visit and come back to,” said Mayor Henry in a release. “Public art tells our unique story to residents and visitors and communicates that we value quality of life, creativity, culture and diversity.”

This program would also include a public art fund, with private and grant donations.

City officials say that their research found hundreds of U.S. cities have dedicated programs to funding public art.


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