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Council Discusses Art, Culture

The Carlsbad City Council got its first official look at the draft Arts & Culture Master Plan Tuesday, one of the final steps in the creation of a plan to continue the growth of arts and culture in Carlsbad over the next 10 years. The final plan is scheduled to be presented for City Council approval on June 26. 

At a Glance

  • For the past year, city staff has worked with the community to develop a plan for enhancing arts and culture in Carlsbad.
  • The plan envisions the city moving beyond providing arts and culture programs and events to becoming a leader and facilitator of promoting an increased presence and greater impact of arts and culture throughout the community.
  • When the final plan is presented for approval June 26, staff will present funding options associated with the city's expanded role through the top 10 ideas proposed in the plan. 

City staff has guided the development of the plan over the past year, with a focus on community input. This input was summarized in a series of “plan previews” released earlier this year that summarized ideas and recommendations. Brief surveys were included at the end of each plan preview for people to provide feedback. 

Based on this input the draft plan includes more than 50 potential action items to support enhanced arts and culture in Carlsbad.  Cultural Arts Manager Richard Schultz highlighted the top 10 ideas recommended by Cultural Arts staff and the Carlsbad Arts Commission to the City Council: 

  1. Research the feasibility of a new arts venue.
  2. Deploy an “arts vehicle,” such as a van or bus, and mobile stage so arts experiences can be provided throughout Carlsbad.
  3. Support more festivals and cultural events.
  4. Launch a pilot program to improve the integration of art into “STEAM” programs at Carlsbad schools. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math.
  5. Encourage new programs to help employees at Carlsbad businesses develop their creative sides, including a new “Business Park After Dark” program.
  6. Increase the amount of money the city gives, through its community grants to support arts and culture.
  7. Create a training program for board members of local arts organizations.
  8. Create a program that provides art along city trails.
  9. Create a guest artist residency program.
  10. Create a plan to market Carlsbad as a destination for cultural tourism. 

Next Steps

It’s not too late to provide input. The draft master plan and all supporting materials are available on the city’s website. Submit comments on the draft master plan to Cultural Arts Manager Richard Schultz at richard.schultz@carlsbadca.gov or 760-602-2086.

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. 

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May 24, 2018