The arts have been alive and well in Upper Arlington for almost 50 years, thanks to the volunteer efforts of the Cultural Arts Commission and the work of our cultural arts staff in the Parks & Recreation Department.
The City commissioned Columbus Firm Designing Local, Ltd to lead the Arts and Culture Master Plan process and to help set the standard and strategic direction for how we continue to plan for, implement and enjoy a full range of creative endeavors, from public art to cultural programming.
After a yearlong process, it is our pleasure to announce that the plan was presented and accepted to City Council on Monday, December 9. Staff in Cultural Arts and members of the Cultural Arts Commission are eager to begin implementation in 2020, so watch for enhancements to upcoming gallery exhibits, the Music in the Parks summer series, and of course our community favorite—the Labor Day Arts Festival.
Past Public Meetings
- City Council Meeting: December 9, Council accepted Arts & Culture Master Plan.
- City Council Conference Session: December 2. Plan presented to City Council.
- Culture Arts Commission Meeting: Reviewed draft recommendations and timeline of the master plan process.
- Master Plan Open House: March 21 at Picassos, 1974 N Mallway Drive. The Cultural Arts team previewed findings and recommendations that have emerged from the Arts & Culture Master Plan process and discuss with City staff and Commission members master plan goals, findings and next steps, as this process nears its end.
- Culture Arts Commission Meeting: Discussed final feedback from stakeholder interviews, next steps as the Master Plan process comes to an end.
- February 12 Culture Arts Commission: Discussed initial recommendations of Master Plan
- December 3 Culture Arts Commission: Met with Long-Term and Engagement Sub Committees
- Kingsdale Market District Food & Wine Friday: 6-8 pm, Friday, November 16, Kingsdale Giant Eagle Market District. Members from Designing Local and Cultural Arts shared details about the process behind the Arts and Culture Master Plan.
- Kickoff Workshop: 5:30-8:30 pm, Thursday, November 15, 3600 Tremont Road. Participants were asked to reflect on the current cultural programming in the City and share their vision for arts and culture with their friends and neighbors.
- November 9 Senior Advisory Council Presentation: Overview of commissioning an Arts and Culture Master Plan to implement and enjoy a full range of creative endeavors, from public art to cultural programming.
- August 27 City Council Meeting: First Reading and vote to support a proposal to contract with Designing Local, Ltd for a master planning process that will seek community input on what the arts should look like in UA over the next 50 years.
- August 20 Council Conference Session: Presentation to Council by Cultural Arts Staff of overview of commissioning an Arts and Culture Master Plan to set the standard and strategic direction for how the City continues to plan for, implement and enjoy a full range of creative endeavors, from public art to cultural programming.
The yearlong process began with a general study of the history and current state of the arts in Upper Arlington including an exploration of the community characteristics that define the City and make it unique. This research was followed by an extensive six-month community input process that included over 1,000 one-on-one touch points in the form of surveys, focus group meetings, and pop-up events. The feedback received demonstrated the community’s support for the programs offered by the division and support for continued investment in the arts.
- Over 140 participants gave feedback in 49 individual stakeholder interviews, eight different focus groups and community open houses. For more detailed information, click the document label Arts & Culture Stakeholder Interview and Focus Group Summary under the associated document section.
- Almost 400 participants provided input in a Arts & Culture Questionnaire or In-Depth Survey
- Opportunities to participate were communicated by the following channels:
- Activity link eNewsletter, City Insight e-newsletter, City Insight printed newsletter, Artslink Newsletter, Activity Guide, City website, UA art teachers, Wellington newsletter, Parks & Recreation Advisory Board email, City Manager’s Blog, Parks & Recreation and City of Upper Arlington Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts