Nine Rails Creative District

Open Call for Art-

Ogden City is seeking submissions from artists of any kind to create or perform works of art within the new Nine Rails Creative District.

The Nine Rails Creative District in Ogden, Utah exists to support and encourage creatives, provide our community with new opportunities to engage with art in the public realm, and enhance the lives of our residents. We are also hoping to encourage creatives to live and work in the district. The Nine Rails Creative District Master Plan (officially adopted on August 14, 2018 by Ogden City Council) was set in place to guide future investment within the district in areas ranging from streetscape improvements, to public art projects, to new arts programming and events. The adoption of this plan ensures that the Creative District will continue to develop and strengthen Ogden’s art presence. To support implementation of the plan, we intend to fund several small public art projects that will occur in the district between October 2018 and June 2019.

 The Nine Rails Creative District projects will consist of five, small, separate projects completed within the creative district boundaries. The goal of the project is to increase street-level activity and vibrancy in the newly adopted district. Additionally, the project is intended to increase public engagement with the arts and to continue establishing the identity of the Creative District.

A $1,000 artist honorarium will be awarded for each of the five selected projects. 

For more information please click here  Nine Rails Call for Art Application


Ogden City and other community partners are working to establish the Nine Rails Creative District in Ogden, Utah. This district will create new opportunities for the community to engage with art in the public realm, and will support places and programs that encourage creative people to live and work in Ogden. The core of the Nine Rails Creative District has been identified as the area between Washington Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue, from 24th to 26th Streets. However, the district will also extend west to Historic 25th Street, north to The Junction, and east into the East Central neighborhood, ensuring connectivity with existing assets.

The name Nine Rails pays tribute to Ogden’s history as a railroad town, originally a major connection point on the Transcontinental Railroad and later, during World War II, a hub for nine different rail lines. “You can’t get anywhere without coming to Ogden” was a city slogan for a decade or more. The Nine Rails name is also symbolic of the Nine Muses from Greek mythology, with each muse representing a different form of artistic expression.

For more information, check out the complete project summary in English or in Spanish/en Espanol.

Share Your Ideas

We want to hear from you! Below are several items that you can review and comment on. 
To share your feedback with us, please use the Creative District Feedback Form


#wecreateogden is an opportunity to express your unique vision for a new Creative District in Ogden.  Share your ideas and your craft by tagging photos showing how you live, create, and engage with the community:

  • WHAT IF - Take a picture of an empty lot or run-down building and tell us what you think it could become.
  • I CREATE - Share with us what you, your friends, and neighbors are working on.
  • CREATIVE LIFE - How do you live creatively in the district?  What makes your neighborhood unique?

Post your photos to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #wecreateogden, and set your posts to public so that others can see your ideas.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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