Arts & Culture Master Plan

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Arts and culture, in their many forms, 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.

 Above: Continuing to unify, even in difficult times, the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture & History is now hosting its 8th annual MultiCultural Festival at KingstonMultiCulturalFestival.org. It'll celebrate the many different ethnic dances, music, games, crafts and foods of our region online this summer.

To harness and build on these assets, and with a generous grant from the NoVo Foundation, 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 crises.


The 1,510-seat historic Ulster Performing Arts Center. UPAC audiences travel from all across the region and beyond, spending an average of $24.60 per person above the cost of admission in restaurants, pubs, and other local establishments (Americans for the Arts) Photo: Timothy Lee




The Midtown Arts District's Annual Celebration of the Arts Expo offers an array of free workshops and lectures for the community. There was something for everyone at the 2019 Expo held at the SUNY Kingston campus. Photo: Cheryl Hajjar




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.

Coming Soon to EngageKingston: Meeting Announcements - Stay Tuned! 



Arts and culture, in their many forms, 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.

 Above: Continuing to unify, even in difficult times, the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture & History is now hosting its 8th annual MultiCultural Festival at KingstonMultiCulturalFestival.org. It'll celebrate the many different ethnic dances, music, games, crafts and foods of our region online this summer.

To harness and build on these assets, and with a generous grant from the NoVo Foundation, 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 crises.


The 1,510-seat historic Ulster Performing Arts Center. UPAC audiences travel from all across the region and beyond, spending an average of $24.60 per person above the cost of admission in restaurants, pubs, and other local establishments (Americans for the Arts) Photo: Timothy Lee




The Midtown Arts District's Annual Celebration of the Arts Expo offers an array of free workshops and lectures for the community. There was something for everyone at the 2019 Expo held at the SUNY Kingston campus. Photo: Cheryl Hajjar




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.

Coming Soon to EngageKingston: Meeting Announcements - Stay Tuned! 



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