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!


The State of Culture Virtual Presentation & Workshop

We are pleased that so many community members have already turned out to participate in our series of workshops with Lord Cultural Resources. To date, we have hosted five sessions for community members to weigh in with ideas and concerns.

On February 9th, from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, the City of Kingston hosted the State of Culture, a community presentation and workshop. The presentation detailed the initial findings of the past two phases of the planning process, as well as outlining the eight identified opportunity zones. We encourage all community members to review the presentation to learn more. Please be sure to complete the Opportunities Survey, which will help guide which solutions we prioritize moving forward.

Click here to download the State of Culture Presentation

Haga clic aquí para descargar la presentación en español

Click here to view a recording of the State of Culture

Haga clic aquí para ver la presentación en español


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!


Add to the Cultural Asset Inventory 

The window to take the Cultural Participation Survey has closed, but you can still add to the Cultural Asset Inventory!

The Cultural Asset Inventory will collect and 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 artists, 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!


The State of Culture Virtual Presentation & Workshop

We are pleased that so many community members have already turned out to participate in our series of workshops with Lord Cultural Resources. To date, we have hosted five sessions for community members to weigh in with ideas and concerns.

On February 9th, from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, the City of Kingston hosted the State of Culture, a community presentation and workshop. The presentation detailed the initial findings of the past two phases of the planning process, as well as outlining the eight identified opportunity zones. We encourage all community members to review the presentation to learn more. Please be sure to complete the Opportunities Survey, which will help guide which solutions we prioritize moving forward.

Click here to download the State of Culture Presentation

Haga clic aquí para descargar la presentación en español

Click here to view a recording of the State of Culture

Haga clic aquí para ver la presentación en español


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!


Add to the Cultural Asset Inventory 

The window to take the Cultural Participation Survey has closed, but you can still add to the Cultural Asset Inventory!

The Cultural Asset Inventory will collect and 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 artists, 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.

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