City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Cultural Arts Division

Mission Statement

The mission of the Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Division is to provide and promote a diverse, lively, accessible arts environment that advances the cultural assets and enriches the quality of life of the community.

History of the Cultural Arts Division
City Council and former Mayor Chuck Glander formed the Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Commission in 1972 as a branch of City government.

The Mayor of Upper Arlington appoints nine Commission members who serve as an official voluntary arm of city government. All the programming and policy was conducted by an all-volunteer Commission until 1977 when the need became apparent for a part-time staff member. Doris Nelson gave up her Commissioner's appointment to become the first paid staff member, a position that went full time in 1978. In 1989, the first full-time arts coordinator was hired.

As the result of a consultancy in 1992, The Friends of the Arts in Upper Arlington was formed to help raise and accept private funds for the Cultural Arts Commission.

The Cultural Arts Commission is a division of the Parks & Recreation Department where it enjoys excellent support and as a result is now called the Cultural Arts Division. The arts are programmed by the arts manager and the arts coordinator, with the assistance of other City staff.

Did you know? 
  • The arts in Ohio is a $226 million industry? 
  • Art audiences spend $16 above the ticket purchased for an event? 
  • 32% of our audiences comes from outside Franklin County? 
  • Audiences outside of Franklin County spend 50% more above ticket purchase than local residents? 
  • Ohio's average for art support is larger than the national average? 
  • 36% of Ohioans will travel elsewhere for art?

5 Trends in Arts in Culture

Robert Lynch of Americans for the Arts recently posted he thoughts current trends in Arts and Culture. You can read his thoughts on the 5 top trends here

ArtsLink Newsletter

The Cultural Arts Division produces four quarterly editions of the ArtsLink Newsletter annually. The newsletter provides arts information, news and commentary.

Click on the following links to view a pdf version of the ArtsLink Newsletters:

2017 Winter Artslink SP2017_Artslink 2017 Summer Artslink Fall 2016 cover
Winter 2017  
ArtsLink Newsletter
Spring 2017  
ArtsLink Newsletter
Summer 2017
ArtsLink Newsletter
Fall  2016
ArtsLink Newsletter

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