Welcome to the Department of Art & Cultural Affairs
Department of Arts & Cultural Affairs was established in 2018 by Mayor Steve Noble, through partnership with the Kingston Arts Commission. Our mission is to provide the creative community of Kingston with a viable resource at the local level of government.
In Kingston, the arts and cultural sector is a primary economic driver generating over 1,600 jobs, $57 million in wages, and $167 million in revenue per year. Compared to other New York State cities with similar populations, Kingston has the highest concentration of arts and cultural establishments. Our cultural scene is also a major source of pride and cohesion in the City.
To build on these strengths for the benefit of the entire community, on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, the Common Council voted unanimously to adopt the Arts and Culture Master Plan 2022, which is aimed at strengthening Kingston's creative economy and supporting individual artists, arts organizations, and businesses. This plan marks the first municipal-led planning project focused solely on the arts in all of Ulster County.
The Department of Art & Cultural Affairs is charged with oversight and implementation of the plan's strategies which will be achieved through a strategic collaboration between the department, the Kingston Arts Commission, the Priority Task Forces and community groups outlined in the plan, as well as the greater Kingston community. The Plan's tangible objectives include, but are not limited to: strengthening and protecting the arts through policy and funding; ensuring diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility; building arts alliances for greater impact; and creating economic opportunities for creatives. Investment in the arts is critical to sustaining and advancing a vibrant future for the city of Kingston.
For more information, please contact Kitt Potter, Director of Arts and Cultural Affairs at [email protected]
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Director: Kitt Potter