The arts bring beauty to the environment, create awareness of self and community, encourage creative thinking, advance growth in the new creative economy and heighten the experience of life within our community.
In the fall of 2014, Mayor Steve Williams undertook the formation of a Council on the Arts for the City of Huntington. This Council was the natural outgrowth of two highly successful arts summits held in Huntington in prior years. The Council served to solidify the importance of the arts to the City of Huntington and the value placed upon them by Mayor Williams administration.
The vision of the Council is to develop and grow an environment where the arts permeate and enhance every aspect of the lives of its citizens and are a part of all planning, strategic decision-making and governance. The Council works to foster innovation in constructed environments, education, government, wellness, business and nonprofits; and to define, express, drive and celebrate our unique culture and experience.
The Mayor’s Council on the Arts has adopted a public art policy and master plan which can be found at this link Public Art Policy. The purpose of the policy is to encourage the display of public art on city-owned property and to set forth appropriate guidelines and an application process for exhibitions and installations. A Public Art Subcommittee will review all applications with the mayor of the City of Huntington having final approval.
The Mayor’s Council on the Arts invites all artists to be a part of the vibrant fabric of our community and to submit concepts for public art installations through the Council. Please review the application process on the City of Huntington's Public Art Application.