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Proposal for City's First Public Art Program Announced

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Rachelle Reinking
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At a press conference today, Mayor Tom Henry and other city officials proposed the creation of a Public Art Program and Public Art Commission.

A City ordinance will be introduced this Tuesday, calling for the creation of the Public Art Program, which would promote and integrate public art throughout the city.

The program would be overseen by a thirteen-member volunteer commission made up of appointments from arts organizations and arts schools, as well as the Fort Wayne City Council and the Mayor's Office.

The ordinance would also create a Public Art Fund, which would be overseen by the Commission and used for the generation and placement of public art throughout Fort Wayne.

Arts United President, Susan Mendenhall noted that "The program will be a powerful tool to engage diverse neighborhoods, community members and artists in meaningful and creative place-making efforts that contribute to our city's growth."

The Public Art Program ordinance will be introduced at City Council Tuesday, March 13th, discussed on March 20th and voted on March 27th, 2018.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.