Heritage & Cultural Arts

The Heritage and Cultural Arts Division fosters meaningful connections through engaging programs, memorable experiences, and inspiring spaces that celebrate our diverse community and rich heritage.

This division provides support to the Heritage and Cultural Arts Commission, operates the Dublin Heritage Park and Museums, oversees the Public Art Program, produces Special Events and Festivals, and coordinates a variety of Cultural Arts classes for all age groups.  Current Heritage and Cultural Arts division special projects include:
    

Temporary Public Art Program - Adirondack Chairs

Temporary art displays are a great way to bring public art to City streets, define neighborhoods, and deter graffiti. The City of Dublin has a successful utility box art program and is now seeking to add temporary art displays throughout the City.

The City is inviting qualified professional artists and high school student artist working under the supervision of a professional artist or art teacher to submit designs for decorated Adirondack chairs.  Adirondack chairs will be awarded to different artists based on their design.  Artists will be given the option to submit a design for one chair or a set of two chairs.

The Adirondack Chairs will be on view from March 2020 through September 2020. At the end of the exhibition, all the chairs will be sold in an auction during a City fall event. 

The City Council has selected the theme “New American Backyard.” The chairs will be on temporary display for public viewing at selected business, parks, and events throughout Dublin.

The City will pay a stipend of $1,000 to each artist or, if the artist is a student or student team, to the supervising professional artist or art teacher.  The $1,000 stipend will be paid to the artist whether they choose to design one chair or a two-chair set.

Those interested in the Adirondack Chair public art piece should review the Call for Artists application.  The application deadline is Friday, November 29, at 5:00 p.m. 

Utility Box Art

In Spring 2019, nine additional City-owned traffic signal boxes were painted with designs that reflect the City's brand, "The New American Backyard" with an emphasis on the history of travel through Dublin.  Design proposals were reviewed by the Heritage and Cultural Arts Commission and approved by City Council.  Visit Utility Box Art to find locations of the most recently painted utility boxes.

Arts Space Grants

The City of Dublin partners with the arts community in making Arts Space Grants available to allow arts organizations and artists limited, rent-free use of certain City facilities, for the purpose of offering unique high-quality arts programming for the public.  Arts Space Grants are intended to foster the arts in Dublin, making a wide variety of arts programs available to Dublin residents.  

Arts organizations and artists may download an application here to request free use of City of Dublin-owned facilities.  Applications are reviewed by Staff each month on the first of the month.

Dublin Camp Parks Military History Center

       
The City of Dublin partnered with Camp Parks Reserve Forces Training Area and museum exhibit design specialists to develop the new Dublin Camp Parks Military History Center at the Camp Parks Visitor Center.  Exhibits show how Camp Parks helped transformed Dublin from its rural roots to the City it is today, and how the people who lived and served here were personally transformed.  The Dublin Camp Parks Military History Center opened in May 2017.
   
Get Involved 
Heritage and Cultural Arts programs offer many opportunities for you to get involved, from voicing your opinions at Heritage and Cultural Arts Commission meetings to volunteering at special events and museums.  Artists and arts organizations based in Dublin or providing services here are encouraged to submit information for our Cultural Arts Resources database.  Staff uses the database to provide information about local cultural arts resources to the public and to notify artists and organizations as creative opportunities arise.