Creating an Arts Council

One of the best ways to improve economic development is to cultivate an arts and music scene. Cities across the country have had dramatic economic growth around arts initiatives.  Incorporating the arts in the downtown, in redevelopment design and planning, helps foster a sense of place and attracts visitors. 

I would love more information on creating art murals on public spaces. Do we need to have an arts council first? Are there ways to raise money and commission work by local artists?