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Columbus Establishes New Public Art Program

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Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman signed an executive order today to establish the new Columbus Public Art Program, which will allocate a minimum of $250,000 per year to public art projects.

“Public art is an essential component of a community’s cultural identity and vibrancy,” said Coleman. “By signing this executive order I am ensuring that public art remains a priority for future design in the City of Columbus, and that our residents and visitors have unique monuments to enjoy for your years to come.”

Public art projects may range from individual installations like the Flowing Kiss sculptures at North Bank Park to pieces that are a part of larger infrastructure or greenspace developments. The Columbus Art Commission will develop an annual report that will establish working budgets and schedules for new public art projects, as well as a master plan that will be funded and activated in 2015.

“Columbus joins over 400 cities nationwide that enliven their communities with public art through a funded program approach,” said Diane Nance, Chair of the Columbus Art Commission. “The Commission is thrilled that Columbus will have a structure for integrating art into public space design and looks forward to working with the Mayor, Council and staff on establishing a municipal public art program.”

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