The Michigan City Public Art Committee (MAC) was established by the Michigan City Common Council ordinance in 2011 and is aimed at integrating works of art into public life on city property. Michigan City has had art in public spaces for years, both in the parks, on private property seen by the public, and in other settings. In the past few years, there has been a greater interest in public art, with ad hoc organizations and groups, but eventually resulting in the creation of the Michigan City Public Art Committee.
An early decision of the committee was to request council funding to hire a consultant to help develop a master plan for public art, so as to provide a framework of policies and procedures, which guide the acquisition of art with a plan for the whole city. The master plan establishes priorities for acquiring art, identifying appropriate locations for same, and addresses funding mechanisms. It defines the relationship between placement of art and the City's goals and objectives. One of the first items completed for the master plan was the development of the following mission statement: