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: New in 2020 - Adirondack Chairs

In late 2019, The City invited qualified professional artists and high school student artists to submit designs for Dublin’s latest temporary Public Art project, decorated Adirondack Chairs. 

Temporary art displays are a great way to bring public art to City streets, defining neighborhoods and deterring graffiti.  Our last public art project, painted utility boxes, was extremely successful and enjoyed by residents and visitors to Dublin alike.

In our new project, 20 Adirondack chairs were awarded to 18 different artists, based on design.  The artists were given the option to submit a design for one chair or a set of two chairs. The City Council selected the theme, “New American Backyard.”

The completed chairs will make their first appearance at the City of Dublin's St. Patrick's Day Festival, March 14 -15, 2020. The Adirondack chairs will then be on display at select businesses, parks, and events throughout Dublin from March - September 2020.  Come out and see them all.  Make sure to take note of the chair or chairs that you like the best, because at the end of the exhibition, all the chairs will be sold at an auction during a City fall event.

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.