Fort Wayne Public Art Program

Approved by the Mayor Thomas C. Henry and Fort Wayne City Council in March 2018, the newly-established Fort Wayne Public Art Program enriches the lives of residents and visitors by integrating the work of professional artists into public spaces throughout the community.

To learn more about the Public Art Program, please visit the City of Fort Wayne Community Development website here.

‘Art for All’ Public Art Master Plan

‘Art for All’ Public Art Appendix

‘Art for All’ Public Art Executive Summary

Goals of the Fort Wayne Public Art Program

  1. Enhance the visual environment of public spaces for residents and visitors.
  2. Strengthen the positive reputation, brand and stature of the City of Fort Wayne and its neighborhoods.
  3. Promote distinctive and diverse artwork that communicates the community’s sense of spirit, identity and pride.
  4. Improve access to the arts for all citizens of the city.
  5. Create opportunities for inclusion, engagement and civic dialogue among diverse citizens of the city.
  6. Commemorate the community’s collective memory and history.
  7. Commemorate the community’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity.
  8. Promote and support programs for tourism, cultural exchange and goodwill.
  9. Promote and support the economic development and vitality of the community.
  10. Celebrate and advocate for artists and the important role that they play in our community.

About the Public Art Commission

The Public Art Commission is a 13-member volunteer advisory body that will govern the City’s Public Art Program, and, as requested, advise other entities on public art projects. We are currently accepting and reviewing Commission appointments. Applications for Selection Committee members and ex-officio advisors are also being accepted.

Commission and Selection Committee Statement of Interest Form — PDF
Commission and Selection Committee Statement of Interest Form — M.S. Word

The Commission will be comprised of the following representatives:

  • Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne (President or appointee)
  • Artlink (Executive Director or Appointee)
  • Fort Wayne Museum of Art (President and CEO or appointee)
  • University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts (Dean or appointee)
  • Purdue University Fort Wayne College of Visual and Performing Arts (Dean or appointee)
  • City of Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation (Executive Director or appointee)
  • City of Fort Wayne Department of Planning and Policy (Deputy Director or appointee)
  • Two (2) residents appointed by the Fort Wayne City Council. Representatives must be residents of Fort Wayne.
  • Two (2) representatives appointed by the Mayor of Fort Wayne. Representatives must be residents of Fort Wayne.
  • Two (2) practicing artists or design professionals appointed by the other members of the Commission. Representatives must by residents of Fort Wayne.

Commissioners serve 4-year terms and may be reappointed for one consecutive 4-year term. Terms are staggered so that 4 or 5 seats become available each year.

Selection Committees are project-specific committees comprised of both Commissioners and non-Commissioners. The goal of Selection Committees is to ensure that public art projects are of exceptional quality and authentically represent the area in which they are located. Selection Committee members could include broad community representatives, location-specific representatives, project-specific representatives, and persons with arts, design, and other related interests and experiences.

Ex-Officio Advisors: Additional non-voting individuals may be included on both the Commission and on Selection Committees in an advisory role. Advisory members on the Commission may include, but not be limited to individuals with specialized expertise such as City staff representatives, public relations professionals, and members or other City boards or commissions. Advisory members on Selection Committees will typically be individuals knowledgeable in a field such as art, design, planning, construction, engineering, or architecture.

Arts United’s Role

In addition to providing advocacy for the program and appointing a Commissioner, Arts United also serves as a fiscal agent for private philanthropy for public artwork. If you would like to learn more about making a contribution for public art, contact Dan Ross, Vice President of Community Development at or 260-424-0646.