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


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.


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. Attend an upcoming public meeting. Our draft recommendations are complete and we want to hear from your thoughts. Attend on of the upcoming open houses (found in the events section) and tell us your comments.

2. Go social. Photograph Surprise, and share your images on Instagram using the hashtag #ArtInSurprise. 

3. Email us. Contact us anytime at

4. 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.


Ongoing Events 


Surprise is developing its first Arts & Culture Master Plan, and we need your input on the draft recommendations! Join us at one of the following events to provide feedback. Each event will provide residents and stakeholders and opportunity to provide feedback on the draft recommendations of the plan.

Art Commission Meeting

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2018
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Surprise City Hall


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.


Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission
Arts & Cultural Events and Venues in Surprise
Existing Public Art in Surprise
Visit the City of Surprise website

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