- Associated Press - Sunday, October 22, 2017

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - A city in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has created a new fund to grow and leverage money for public art.

The Marquette City Commission unanimously passed the new public art policy in recent weeks. The policy established the Public Art Fund and an official oversight body, the Mining Journal reported.

The seven-member Marquette Public Art Commission will administer an annual contribution of $30,000 from the city’s general fund to be put toward commissioning, purchasing and maintaining public art in the city.

Tiina Harris, manager of the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, said public art draws people to a city and is an indicator of a vibrant, healthy creative community and a high quality of life. She said it also enhances property value and tourism, making the city more interesting and beautiful for visitors and residents.

“It’s there for the community to enjoy. They’re going to be a part of it. They can participate in it,” Harris said. “Public art just begins a community dialogue. It’s free. Anyone can enjoy public art, by definition.”

Harris defined public art as being temporary or permanent works of art displayed in public as the product of a skilled artist or group of artists. She said it can be in the form of architectural, sculptural, lighting, visual, sound, digital, or a variety of other art.

The policy was created by the Public Art Task Force in accordance with the City of Marquette Community Master Plan, which was adopted in 2015.


Information from: The Mining Journal, http://www.miningjournal.net

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