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 Arts & Culture Master Plan Presentation

On September 8th, the City of Kingston conducted a virtual presentation of the findings of the Arts & Culture Master Plan!. We welcome you to view the recording of the virtual presentation from Lord Cultural Resources and Jon Stover & Associates.

Click here to watch the virtual presentation!

The cultural planning process relies on feedback from you, our community members. Before the final plan is presented to the Common Council, there is a period for public comment, closing on September 22, 2021. Please use the below link to download the plan, and send any comments to rfrank@kingston-ny.gov, or use the Q&A feature here on Engage Kingston.

Click here to view the Arts & Culture Master Plan


The State of Culture Virtual Presentation & Workshop

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 Ruth Ann Devitt-Frank at rfrank@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 Arts & Culture Master Plan Presentation

On September 8th, the City of Kingston conducted a virtual presentation of the findings of the Arts & Culture Master Plan!. We welcome you to view the recording of the virtual presentation from Lord Cultural Resources and Jon Stover & Associates.

Click here to watch the virtual presentation!

The cultural planning process relies on feedback from you, our community members. Before the final plan is presented to the Common Council, there is a period for public comment, closing on September 22, 2021. Please use the below link to download the plan, and send any comments to rfrank@kingston-ny.gov, or use the Q&A feature here on Engage Kingston.

Click here to view the Arts & Culture Master Plan


The State of Culture Virtual Presentation & Workshop

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 Ruth Ann Devitt-Frank at rfrank@kingston-ny.gov or use the Question & Answer box below.

  • Opportunities Survey

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    Over the past year, the city of Kingston has worked to collect data on the strengths, challenges, and needs for arts and culture in Kingston.

    The findings from this research are available to all as part of the February 9, 2021 public presentation "The State of Culture," which identified eight opportunities for Kingston's arts and cultural landscape. We now want to hear from YOU about which of these opportunities are most important.

    Your participation will help us narrow down the priorities of the City of Kingston Arts & Culture Plan. The plan will provide a shared vision to guide policy and decisions that will best nurture and grow the City's creative economy and cultural sector to benefit all residents and visitors.

    The survey should take less than 10 minutes but will go far in growing Kingston pride! The survey will close at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

    Please share this link so others might participate!

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KingstonArtsandCulturalPlan

    ¡Bienvenidos!

    Durante el año pasado, la ciudad de Kingston trabajó para recopilar datos sobre las fortalezas, los desafíos y las necesidades de las artes y la cultura en Kingston.

    Los resultados de esta investigación están disponibles para todos como parte de la presentación pública del 9 de febrero de 2021 "El estado de la cultura", que identificó nueve oportunidades para el panorama artístico y cultural de Kingston. Ahora queremos saber de USTED sobre cuáles de estas oportunidades son las más importantes.

    Su participación nos ayudará a reducir las prioridades del Plan de Arte y Cultura de la Ciudad de Kingston. El plan proporcionará una visión compartida para guiar las políticas y decisiones que nutrirán y harán crecer mejor la economía creativa y el sector cultural de la Ciudad para beneficiar a todos los residentes y visitantes.

    La encuesta debería tomar menos de 10 minutos, ¡pero contribuirá mucho a hacer crecer el orgullo de Kingston! La encuesta se cerrará a 10:00 a.m. del 17 de febrero de 2021.

    ¡Comparte este enlace para que otros puedan participar!

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KingstonArtsandCulturalPlan

  • Survey Deadline Extended!

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    We're extending the deadline for our Cultural Participation Survey, which will now close on January 14th, 2021. Be sure to complete our survey, your feedback will help us to develop the Arts & Culture Master Plan.

    Click Here to complete the Cultural Participation Survey

    Encuesta sobre la Participación Cultural en Kingston



  • Host a Community Circle!

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    Are you interested in continuing the conversations about arts & culture in Kingston? Consider hosting a Community Circle! Community Circles are a great way to learn more about what people around you think about arts & culture. Reach out to people you know, or consider inviting new voices to have a conversation. Take notes, and share them with us so we can add the information you provide to our planning efforts!

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



    Si desea ayudar a crear más conversaciones sobre las artes y la cultura, ¡considere organizar un círculo comunitario! Un círculo comunitario es una pequeña reunión, facilitada por y para miembros de la comunidad. Los círculos comunitarios pueden ser tan formales o informales como quieras. Reúna a algunos amigos para una llamada de Zoom, o considere una reunión al aire libre con distancia social. ¡Tome notas y comparta lo que discute con nosotros para que podamos incorporar sus comentarios en el Plan Maestro de Arte y Cultura!

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

  • Eve Moros Ortega visits La Voz con Mariel Fiori

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    Eve Moros Ortega, Senior Consultant from Lord Cultural Resources, was invited to speak with Mariel Fiori on her Radio Kingston program, La Voz. They discussed the work being done on Kingston's Arts & Culture Master Plan, and more!


  • Community Workshop Dates

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    We are pleased to announce the dates for our upcoming community workshops for the Arts & Culture Master Plan! Community workshops will allow for open discussion of arts & culture in the City of Kingston. The community workshops will be led by Lord Cultural Resources, along with members of the Project Advisory Committee and the Kingston Arts Commission.

    Each workshop has been divided by different sectors, including:

    • Non-Profit Arts, Culture, and History Organizations
    • Independent Artists
    • Creative Businesses
    • Kingston General Community

    Members of the community are welcome to attend any of the workshops they may find interesting. You do not need to be a part of the specific sector to join the conversation. We look forward to hearing from all members of the community!

    Registration is encouraged, please use the following links to register for a workshop:

    Non-Profit Arts, Culture, and History Organizations October 21: 3:30-5:00pm

    Independent Artists October 22: 11:30-1:00pm

    Creative Businesses November 5: 12:30-2:00pm

    Kingston General Community November 19: 5:30-7:00pm

    Spanish Interpretation will be available, we ask attendees to please note if they would like materials provided in Spanish.

    For any questions, please contact Adrielle Farr at afarr@kingston-ny.gov or use the Question & Answer box.