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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.

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.

Public Art Commission Expectations and Job Description:
• Meet at least once per calendar quarter. Additional meetings and committee participation are anticipated. Members typically serve a four-year term and may be reappointed for one consecutive four-year term. No member may serve more than two full consecutive four-year terms, but a person is eligible to be elected again after at least a one-year absence. Mayoral and City Council appointments must be residents of Ft. Wayne.
• Develop and adopt by-laws, policies, and procedures for the governance of the Public Art Program. Note that many of the initial responsibilities of the Commission will be administrative rather than project-based. As such, board or governance experience is a desired trait in Commission members.
• Develop, adopt, and administer policies for the selection of artists, review of design, and installation of artwork.
• Serve as a resource for private entities for the commission, selection, and placement of public art, provided the project complies with the definition of Public Art contained in Section 33.182 of the Public Art Ordinance.
• Collaborate with government and non-government entities to integrate public art into projects and processes.
• Lead the creation and implementation of a Public Art Master Plan.
• Establish, and, as necessary, participate on qualified Selection Committees to direct the recruitment, review, selection, conceptual, design and construction of works of art.
• Establish, and, as necessary, participate on qualified committees for the purposes of education, engagement, programming, and/or advocacy for public art.
• Oversee the acceptance of gifts and procurements.
• Oversee the maintenance, conservation, restoration, and disposition of public art.
• Oversee expenditures of the Public Art Fund.
• Oversee programmatic and promotional aspects of the Public Art Program.

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.