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The city has made a Public Arts Committee to audit and suggest art at city areas.

The six-part panel is like those in numerous urban areas, said Libby Jordan, director of Florence Arts and Museums.

“The committee is formed by people who have great experience in the arts,” Jordan said. “We’re excited to be able to add sculptures and pieces of art downtown.”

Alongside Jordan, the board of trustees incorporates Christi Britten, program organizer for the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts; Chiong-Yiao Chen, official executive of University Galleries and professor of art at the University of North Alabama; Aaron Benson, partner teacher of craftsmanship at UNA; Mary White, an individual from the Alabama State Council on the Arts; and Billy Warren, the city’s authentic history specialist.

Jordan said any individual who is keen on having a statue or other art show on city property would go to the board of trustees.

“We’re the first stop,” she said. “Then whatever department within the city is affected would have to approve it.”

For instance, the Street Department would need to endorse something in the city or walkways.

“It would streamline it because we could easily go to the city department with the conversation with whatever piece of art is proposed,” Jordan said.

She said the board of trustees as of now is investigating a proposition for a task at Wilson Park, yet she turned out poorly detail since it is getting looked at.

Warren said the Florence Main Street Design Committee saw the requirement for such a board of trustees as far back as 2008, and Jordan indicated enthusiasm for the thought when she progressed toward becoming director.

He said the strategy, which is designed according to one in Memphis, applies to art in parks, open lanes and even the lobbies or freely possessed zones like City Hall.

“That means two- and three-dimensional art,” Warren said. “So that includes statues and all kinds of public art.”

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