fun, funky, and irreverent art


The spirit of the University District has been influenced from its earliest days by the diversity of people that have called it home. Whether seeking a better life, taking a journey of education and self-discovery, or searching for a place that allows from creative self-expression, our residents have helped shape the neighborhood into the vibrant, diverse, and irreverent place it is today. Taking that spirit and enhancing the University District's community of arts venues and artists - whether visual, performing, music, or written - has become a priority for residents and businesses.


The University District Arts & Character Plan creates a blueprint for the neighborhoods' artistic path forward. It showcases community-generated concepts that can be implemented with a community-driven action plan. The plan also represents a framework so that when artists and creatives from outside of the University District produce work, they can easily be inspired.

Through extensive community input, workshops, surveys here is what the community said:

  • We are fun, funky, and irreverent - let's stay that way

  • We love our neighborhood lore - let's celebrate it

  • We're under the radar - our art should be too

  • We have a huge array of artists - let's provide them a canvas to create

  • We have many neighborhoods & people - they need represented


conceptual ideas


Many ideas where generated from the community workshops and open houses. Some relied on neighborhood history while others use art to help solve a neighborhood problem such as persistent graffiti on dumpsters. The following projects and programs are not ranked by priority and should be considered strategically as opportunities present themselves. Additional concepts found in the plan document provide a "framework" to inspire the community and artists on their implementation.


next steps


The University District Organization will be forming an Implementation Committee consisting of representatives from University District community groups, residents, businesses, artists, and area institutional partners. This committee will be used to help forward the concept presented in the Arts & Character Plan through these next steps:

  1. Establish priorities for proposed projects and long, medium, and short-term goals with the Implementation Committee
  2. Draft the process for approving art projects which are funded or supported by the University District Organization
  3. Develop cost estimates for conceptual projects and programs
  4. Identify funding sources and grant opportunities
  5. Pair opportunities with available funding
  6. Release Calls for Artists and evaluate proposals

Hey! But I have an art project that I want to get off the ground!

Community art is always welcome in the University District as the area has a long history of grass-roots initiatives. There are two paths to consider when creating public art: