Master Plan for the Arts

O’ Arts

Oceanside’s Master Plan for the Arts

A Cultural Plan for the City

In 2017, the Oceanside's Arts Commission undertook the process of creating Oceanside's first Master Plan for the Arts.

Arts and culture are among a community's greatest assets. They distinguish that community and also serve as a competitive tool, strengthening many elements of civic life, including the economy, workforce development, education, youth development, neighborhood development, sustainability and cultural equity.

Cultural planning-another term for arts master planning-is a primary tool for organizing the best use of this critical asset.  On February 6, 2019, the Oceanside City Council unanimously approved the O'Arts Master Plan.

City of Oceanside Arts Commission

The Arts Commission, under the direction of the Library Department, considers and makes recommendations to the City Council on the development and promotion of performing and fine arts programs and arts facilities and policies pertaining to cultural enhancement.

The Arts Commission, upon direction from the City Council, is currently working on developing the first Master Plan for the Arts for the City of Oceanside.

This plan will encompass all artistic disciplines (visual, performing, literary, digital, design, etc. as well as popular, folk/ethnic, and cultural arts).

The Arts Commission has asked a talented group of community members to be the Steering Committee for this project, and work with The Cultural Planning Group on creating this plan.

The Cultural Planning Group's David Plettner-Saunders is driving the creation of the plan with community input and with the City of Oceanside's relevant departments' experience. The Cultural Planning Group has prepared more than 70 cultural plans for communities throughout the nation, more than any other U.S. firm.

More information about The Cultural Planning Group here

More information about the City of Oceanside's Arts Commission here

Project Activities

City, stakeholders, advocates and community members have been asked to participate and bring ideas to the plan to increase communication, quality of life, economic development, equity and access, diversity and support.

A project Steering Committee comprised of engaged community stakeholders representing a variety of interests, has met on an on-going basis, and has provided direction for the plan.

On May 7, 2018, a Town Hall Meeting for the Proposed Draft of the Master Plan for the Arts was held in the Civic Center Library Community Rooms, located at 330 North Coast Highway in Oceanside.

Stay Connected and Informed

Through the plan work, community meetings will be held to give participants an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas.

As a member of the Oceanside community with an interest in arts and culture, your input will be critical to the success of this plan. We would love to hear from you! Please take a moment to fill out the Arts Plan Comment form (in English or in Spanish) and return it to us in person, by mail, or email. Please make sure to sign up to receive project updates by emailing us at

Project Contact: CJ Di Mento,