OSWEGO – Mayor Billy Barlow announced today (June 13) an interactive public engagement meeting regarding the development of a master arts and culture plan throughout the city of Oswego.
The public meeting will seek public feedback on how to best incorporate public art throughout downtown Oswego and will seek ideas on how to highlight Oswego’s cultural assets throughout the Oswego community.
Several proposed ideas will also be unveiled during the meeting for the public to offer feedback and input before the city moves forward with finalizing the comprehensive master plan.
The development of a city-wide arts and culture master plan is funded through a $80,000 New York State Council on the Arts grant the city of Oswego received in 2016 as Mayor Barlow and the city of Oswego aim to better highlight all Oswego’s historical and cultural assets.
“The city of Oswego is rich in history, arts and culture and we’d like to begin highlighting these important components of our community,” Mayor Barlow said. “As we begin to develop a comprehensive master plan on how to best incorporate artwork and cultural elements in downtown Oswego we would like to solicit input and feedback from the general public. We relied heavily on public input as we developed our successful waterfront master plan and I intend to use the same approach as we embark on developing a master plan highlighting our local cultural assets. I encourage the public to attend and offer ideas and provide feedback on some of the plans we’ve already developed so we can move forward with our strategy confidently and proudly.”
The open house format is designed so community members can stop by and spend as little or as much time as they want visiting a series of interactive stations that will be set up throughout the Council Chambers.
Community members will be encouraged to use pens, markers and Post-It notes to provide comments on questions, share ideas and mark up maps.
If participants would like to have a discussion about a particular topic, concern or idea, representatives from Elan Planning and Design, the firm who is working with the city to develop the plan, will be circulating throughout the room.
The goal of this project is to identify desired types and locations for public art and realistic opportunities to grow arts and culture throughout the city of Oswego.
The interactive public engagement meeting will take place Thursday, June 14, at Oswego City Hall (second floor) 13 W. Oneida St.
Community members and all interested people are encouraged to drop by the open house anytime between 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and contribute their ideas for the plan.