- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The mayor of Ohio’s largest city has used his executive power to launch a $250,000-a-year public art program.

Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman calls public art an important part of any community’s “cultural identity and vibrancy.”

Coleman, a Democrat, established the program Tuesday and said he wants future designers to make it a priority.

The city development department, which will administer the program, will identify art opportunities in consultation with the city service, public utilities, parks and finance offices and the Columbus Art Commission.

The commission must produce an annual report on the program and help develop a citywide public art master plan to be initiated and funded in 2015.

Qualifying public art may be a singular installation or something incorporated into a building, park or infrastructure project.

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