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Draft Arts & Culture Plan

The City of Carlsbad’s draft Arts & Culture Master Plan is now available for community review. The city is developing the 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. The draft master plan is expected to be presented to the Carlsbad City Council for input on May 22. The public is encouraged to attend the council meeting.

At a Glance

  • The draft master plan and all supporting materials are now available on the city’s website.
  • The draft master plan is expected to be presented to the Carlsbad City Council for input on May 22.
  • Interested parties can submit comments on the draft master plan to Cultural Arts Manager Richard Schultz at richard.schultz@carlsbadca.gov or 760-602-2086.
  • Additional opportunities to provide input on the master plan will be posted to the website as they become available.
  • Public input on the revised draft will be considered as part of the preparation of the final Arts & Culture Master Plan, which will be presented to the City Council for adoption on June 26.

More Information

Over the past year, the City of Carlsbad has been working on a new Arts & Culture Master Plan. The goals for the plan are to:

  • Identify community priorities for arts and culture over the next 10 years
  • Develop measurable objectives to support those priorities
  • Create an implementation plan that includes strategies, tactics and resources needs

“The release of the draft master plan is the culmination of a yearlong dialogue with the community about local arts and culture priorities,” said Schultz. “We are confident the final version of the plan will support the community’s vision for a thriving arts sector.”

There are three phases in the planning process for the Arts & Culture Master Plan: Discover, Envision and Develop. Through public outreach in the Discover and Envision phases of the project throughout 2017, the city gathered input from the community about specific ideas and priorities for arts and culture. These recommendations and ideas emerged as the “plan previews” of the draft Arts & Culture Master Plan and were released for public review in spring 2018. Brief surveys were included at the end of each plan preview for interested parties to provide feedback.

The major priorities identified for Carlsbad:

  • Create a stronger connection between arts and local business
  • Seek new partnerships that will expand local and regional arts & culture programs
  • Incorporate the arts into daily life
  • Ensure that community members of all ages have strong exposure to the arts
  • Celebrate Carlsbad’s natural and cultural resources

Even More Information

May 10, 2018