Art in public places provides meaning to our public spaces, reflects the history of our city, adds uniqueness to our neighborhoods, and humanizes our built environment. Public art provides the intersection between our past, present, and future, and also has the power to transform our city because our neighborhoods gain social, economic, and cultural value through public art.
•Social Value: When people see themselves reflected in their civic spaces, they have a sense of attachment that allows them to feel ownership and respect.
•Economic Value: Enhancing the identity and character of Fort Wayne through public art directly supports cultural tourism and economic development strategies, which can attract and retain residents.
•Cultural Value: Public Art has the power to create uniqueness through the reflection of the local history and culture which gives communities a sense of place and identity. Public art provides a visual mechanism for understanding other cultures and perspectives, creating social cohesion and encouraging civic engagement. Though the reinforcement of culture, public art acts as a catalyst for unity and social engagement.