Since 1986, the Cultural Arts Office has worked to make arts and culture an integral and inspiring part of the community’s life. The Cultural Arts Office seeks to create connections among artists, cultural organizations, community groups, businesses, visitors and residents that sustain and promote a thriving, diverse, creative city.
Cultural Arts Office Has Moved to the Dove Library
The Cultural Arts Office staff has moved to the Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane. The move is part of the library’s renovation and allows the staff to be closer to the William D. Cannon Art Gallery and Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, home to many cultural arts programs.
On April 26, the Carlsbad City Council approved final design concepts for public artwork to be installed as part of the Aviara Park Improvement Project.
Following a national call for artists, bronze sculptor Michael McLaughlin was selected to develop designs for park enhancements as part of the amphitheater addition to the park. A public art advisory panel made up of community members, arts professionals, design team representatives, Parks & Recreation Department and Cultural Arts Office staff, and Carlsbad Arts Commissioners selected McLaughlin and provided input on development of the final designs for this project. Presentations were made to both the Arts and Parks & Recreation commissions in February and April 2016. The Arts Commission approved the final designs for the new artwork in February 2016 and recommended them to City Council for final approval on April 26.
The artwork, called “Myriad and Manzanita” and “California Quail and Cone”, includes two bronze sculptures approximately 5 feet in height. The sculptures will be installed adjacent to the amphitheater stage, near the west end of the park. The artwork is estimated to be completed and installed in 6-9 months.
"Myriad and Manzanita" "California Quail and Cone"
Based in Torrington, Connecticut, McLaughlin learned construction and engineering in the U.S. Air Force. He worked as the lead sculptor and historic preservation artist in the historic preservation department at the New England Carousel Museum, has won numerous awards for sculpture, and has been involved in an extensive number of exhibitions and commissions all over the U.S. for over a decade including the New Britain Museum of American Art and the Connecticut Governor’s Invitational Exhibition in 2015.