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Give Input on Arts & Culture Plan

The City of Carlsbad kicked off a planning process in May for a new Arts & Culture Plan. In Carlsbad, we have a vision for arts and culture in the community. The Arts & Culture Plan will develop a roadmap to fulfill the vision and continue the growth of arts and culture in the community. We’re just starting the process to develop the plan and we need your input.

The purpose of the planning process is to identify community priorities for arts and culture over the next 10 years; develop measurable objectives to support those priorities; and create an implementation plan that includes strategies, tactics and resources needs. Plan development will be a year-long process and includes opportunities for the community to weigh in and provide input along the way. 

How to Get Involved 

It’s important that the Arts & Culture Plan reflects the values of the community. Here are a few ways to stay in the loop through the plan development process:  

Online Survey 

An online survey is available in English and Spanish. Visit the Arts & Culture Plan webpage for more information on the process..

What's The Schedule? 

Stakeholder interviews and focus groups

March & April 2017

Community meetings

May & June 2017

Online input gathering

May & June 2017

Development of implementation plan and budget

July & August 2017

Final plan presented to decision makers

September/October 2017

Arts & Culture Plan adopted

Winter 2018

Why Is the Plan Important? 

A lot of work has already been done to ensure arts and culture is an integral part of the community, including establishing a vision for arts and culture in Carlsbad and creating planning policies to support this vision. The city is developing the Arts & Culture Plan to continue the growth of arts and culture in Carlsbad and to provide direction for future development of arts and culture in the community. 

Community Vision

In 2010 the Carlsbad City Council adopted the Carlsbad Community Vision, a set of nine core values developed through a two-year public involvement process called Envision Carlsbad. One of those core values sets forth a vision for history, the arts and cultural resources:

  • Emphasize the arts by promoting a multitude of events and productions year-round.
  • Promote cutting-edge venues to host world-class performances.
  • Celebrate Carlsbad’s cultural heritage in dedicated facilities and programs.

Arts and culture play a role in the other eight values too, particularly the ones related to maintaining Carlsbad’s small town feel and beach community character, the local economy and tourism, preserving the natural environment, education and community services, and community design and livability.

In essence, arts and culture play an integral role in shaping the future envisioned by the Carlsbad community.

General Plan Policies

In 2015, the Carlsbad City Council approved an update to its General Plan. This plan serves as a policy blueprint for how land will be used to help achieve the community’s vision for the future. The Arts, History, Culture and Education Element of the plan:

“…recognizes that an aesthetic environment and connections to culture and education are essential characteristics of a community that values its quality of life and wishes to be seen by its residents, neighbors and visitors as an attractive and desirable place, addressing the needs of the human spirit. This element is intended to enhance availability and accessibility of the arts for all residents, preservation of the important historic and cultural elements that make Carlsbad unique, and educational opportunities for lifelong learning.” 

The first step toward implementing this element of the General Plan was to create an updated vision for public art in Carlsbad.  This vision was accepted by the City Council in 2016.  

The Arts & Culture Plan will further operationalize the General Plan goals and policies. 

For More Information 





May 5, 2017