Arts & Culture Master Plan

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Arts and culture hold the power to enrich and connect a community. They can make the quality of life better for people of all ages and backgrounds. And they mean business.

Kingston is home to a dynamic community of industry professionals, businesses, and nonprofits that are fueling a growing creative economy. This includes not only visual and performing artists and groups but also craftspeople, publishing and film companies, historic sites and museums, boutique manufacturers and more — we're fortunate to enjoy an abundance of unique assets that are woven throughout the fabric of our City.

To harness and build on these assets, and with a generous grant from an anonymous donor, City staff and the Kingston Arts Commission have embarked on developing a comprehensive Arts & Culture Master Plan. We're working with Lord Cultural Resources to produce a blueprint that will provide long-term direction for planning efforts. This detailed guide will help the City strengthen the creative economy and landscape while improving life for everyone.

Moving forward, Lord is charged with bringing stakeholders and leaders together to create a shared vision for future growth. They will help us identify gaps and new opportunities through analysis of existing facilities, economic data, strengths, weaknesses and possible threats — such as displacement of low-income residents and businesses and uncertainties related to the world health crisis.

The final Master Plan will reflect input from community members of all ages, backgrounds and incomes. It will provide well-defined goals and strategies that align with a full cross-section of other community needs. And it will include recommendations for leveraging resources to advance economic prosperity, social equity, protection of our environment — and the cultural vitality that makes Kingston a special place to be.

Wondering how to get involved? See below for all of the exciting ways you can make your voice heard!

Participate in the Arts & Culture Master Plan Community Workshops 

We are pleased that so many community members have already turned out to participate in our series of workshops with Lord Cultural Resources in October and November. To date, we have hosted four sessions for people to weigh in with ideas and concerns. We will soon announce a fifth discussion to take place in January, so please stay tuned for date and registration information, which will be posted right here.

Host a Community Circle 

If you'd like to help create more conversations around Arts & Culture, consider hosting a Community Circle! A Community Circle is a small meeting, facilitated by and for community members. Community Circles can be as formal, or informal, as you like. Get a few friends together for a Zoom call, or consider a socially-distanced outdoor meeting. Take notes, and share what you discuss with us so we can incorporate your comments into the Arts & Culture Master Plan!

Click here to download the Arts & Culture Community Circle Guide & Toolkit!

Click here to download the Arts & Culture Community Circle Guide & Toolkit in Spanish!


Take the Cultural Participation Survey, and Add to the Cultural Asset Inventory 

The Cultural Participation Survey will help us learn more about how our community experiences arts & culture in Kingston. The survey is open to all Kingston community members, and should take about 10 minutes to complete. Participants can enter a raffle for a $25 gift certificate from Catskill Art Supply.

The Cultural Asset Inventory will collect & plot all of Kingston's amazing cultural resources into an online map, powered by the City of Kingston's GIS software. Any and all creative businesses, independent artist, organizations, and spaces are welcome to add their information to this inventory.


For any questions about the Arts & Culture Master Plan, please contact Adrielle Farr at afarr@kingston-ny.gov or use the Question & Answer box below.

Arts and culture hold the power to enrich and connect a community. They can make the quality of life better for people of all ages and backgrounds. And they mean business.

Kingston is home to a dynamic community of industry professionals, businesses, and nonprofits that are fueling a growing creative economy. This includes not only visual and performing artists and groups but also craftspeople, publishing and film companies, historic sites and museums, boutique manufacturers and more — we're fortunate to enjoy an abundance of unique assets that are woven throughout the fabric of our City.

To harness and build on these assets, and with a generous grant from an anonymous donor, City staff and the Kingston Arts Commission have embarked on developing a comprehensive Arts & Culture Master Plan. We're working with Lord Cultural Resources to produce a blueprint that will provide long-term direction for planning efforts. This detailed guide will help the City strengthen the creative economy and landscape while improving life for everyone.

Moving forward, Lord is charged with bringing stakeholders and leaders together to create a shared vision for future growth. They will help us identify gaps and new opportunities through analysis of existing facilities, economic data, strengths, weaknesses and possible threats — such as displacement of low-income residents and businesses and uncertainties related to the world health crisis.

The final Master Plan will reflect input from community members of all ages, backgrounds and incomes. It will provide well-defined goals and strategies that align with a full cross-section of other community needs. And it will include recommendations for leveraging resources to advance economic prosperity, social equity, protection of our environment — and the cultural vitality that makes Kingston a special place to be.

Wondering how to get involved? See below for all of the exciting ways you can make your voice heard!

Participate in the Arts & Culture Master Plan Community Workshops 

We are pleased that so many community members have already turned out to participate in our series of workshops with Lord Cultural Resources in October and November. To date, we have hosted four sessions for people to weigh in with ideas and concerns. We will soon announce a fifth discussion to take place in January, so please stay tuned for date and registration information, which will be posted right here.

Host a Community Circle 

If you'd like to help create more conversations around Arts & Culture, consider hosting a Community Circle! A Community Circle is a small meeting, facilitated by and for community members. Community Circles can be as formal, or informal, as you like. Get a few friends together for a Zoom call, or consider a socially-distanced outdoor meeting. Take notes, and share what you discuss with us so we can incorporate your comments into the Arts & Culture Master Plan!

Click here to download the Arts & Culture Community Circle Guide & Toolkit!

Click here to download the Arts & Culture Community Circle Guide & Toolkit in Spanish!


Take the Cultural Participation Survey, and Add to the Cultural Asset Inventory 

The Cultural Participation Survey will help us learn more about how our community experiences arts & culture in Kingston. The survey is open to all Kingston community members, and should take about 10 minutes to complete. Participants can enter a raffle for a $25 gift certificate from Catskill Art Supply.

The Cultural Asset Inventory will collect & plot all of Kingston's amazing cultural resources into an online map, powered by the City of Kingston's GIS software. Any and all creative businesses, independent artist, organizations, and spaces are welcome to add their information to this inventory.


For any questions about the Arts & Culture Master Plan, please contact Adrielle Farr at afarr@kingston-ny.gov or use the Question & Answer box below.

If you'd like to know more about the purpose of an Arts & Culture Master Plan, or the process surrounding its development, please jot your thoughts down below. Addie will get back to you shortly.

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