ARTS & CULTURE MASTER PLAN

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WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT?

Surprise is developing its first Arts & Culture Master Plan, and we need your help shaping it!

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The master plan will help us to better express the uniqueness and artistic vitality of Surprise by setting the standard and strategic direction for how we continue to implement and enjoy arts and culture in our community.

Public art helps us celebrate our heritage; communicates our direction; and characterizes our sense of place. Thoughtfully implemented public art and cultural programing will define “Surprise” to ourselves and project our special qualities and competitive advantages to visitors and investors. In this way, our Arts & Culture Master Plan doubles as an important economic development tool!

The plan will define three main outcomes that will help our city’s Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission and City Council as they make decisions regarding arts & culture:

  • REACH: How do we expand the Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission’s (SACAC) scope in terms of who sees, creates and participates in Arts & Culture in Surprise?
  • DEPTH: How do we expand the SACAC's effectiveness?
  • INVESTMENT: How do we bring new resources to the SACAC?

The people of Surprise are creative, spirited, and ingenious, and that’s what we are trying to capture as we develop this plan.

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HELP GUIDE THE PROCESS!

Anyone who lives, works, or invests in the City of Surprise is encouraged to be involved in shaping the Arts & Culture Master Plan. Here’s how:

1. Get creative & take the survey. Think about what makes Surprise interesting, unique, a great place to visit or a great place to call home… then send us those thoughts via photos, rendering, sketches, essays, short stories, ideas, tall tales and one-liners. Just use the “Submit Image or Idea” button below.

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3. Go social. Photograph Surprise, and share your images on Instagram using the hashtag #ArtInSurprise. Use the description section to tell us how your image represents the unique aspects of Surprise – how are we different from our neighbors, and what do we share with them? What reflects our history? What illustrates our future?

4. Email us. Contact us anytime at Joshua.Mike@surpriseaz.gov

5. Stay tuned. This is an 18-month process. Stay connected for more opportunities to engage and contribute. Follow the city on Twitter; like us on Facebook; or sign up for Arts & Culture Master Plan Updates to receive updates by email.

EVENTS

Ongoing Events 

Councilmember Hayden Chat

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Arizona Traditions Community House

Chat with Tourism Advisory Commission

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Community and Recreations Services Office

Chat with Disability Advisory Commission

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Surprise City Hall

Surprise Art Week 2017

Surprise is developing its first Arts & Culture Master Plan, and we need your help shaping it! Join us for Surprise Art Week, a series of art focused events created by community organizations and the City of Surprise. Surprise Art Week will be a week of opportunities to have fun, participate in the arts, and give input for the Surprise Arts & Culture Master Plan.

Fiesta Grande

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Villanueva Recreation Complex

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Open House

Date: Monday, October 16, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Asante Community Park

Public Art Bus Tour

Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Meet at City Hall

Call 623-584-4999 to RSVP

Block Party

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: West Valley Arts Council HQ

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Poetry Slam

Date: Friday, October 20, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: WHAM!

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Art in Technology Fair

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 10am - 2pm
Location: Northwest Regional Library

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Open House

Date: Monday, October 23, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Sierra Montana Recreation Center

DEFINING ARTS AND CULTURE

Arts & Culture can be visual media or performing arts. They can be commissioned by a public entity, a private entity under public requirements or initiated by an artist using physical spaces formally or informally and permanently or temporarily visible in a publicly accessible realm. For the purposes of the Surprise Arts & Culture Master Plan, “Arts & Culture” falls into the following categories:

  • City initiated and implemented projects and facilities
  • Private developers’ installations and facilities
  • Donations to the City
  • Arts Programing and Arts Organizations located in the City

The City of Surprise is a giant gallery with everything from café walls, bus stop shelters, utility boxes, City Hall, office windows, planters and awnings used as canvases.

RESOURCES

Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission
Arts & Cultural Events and Venues in Surprise
Existing Public Art in Surprise

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