The plan to install new public art along Wabash Avenue in the South Loop will enrich the neighborhood, Emanuel said.
"I have seen firsthand the power the arts can have to transform a neighborhood economically and well as culturally," he said in a statement.
The Wabash Arts Corridor is a project extends from Congress Parkway to Roosevelt Road, and is part of the Chicago Cultural Plan, which started in October.
"The Wabash Arts Corridor is a powerful concept that can help bring together the residents, businesses and institutions of this district and allow us to leverage our creative assets in a very exciting and palpable way," said Warrick Carter, Columbia College President.
The newest project for Wabash will be large-scale photographs from Columbia College students on the Hilton Chicago at 720 S. Michigan Ave, the statement said.