Nine Rails

Notes on the pavement show volunteers where to paint on a mural on 25th St. near downtown Ogden in June. The mural is part of the city's Nine Rails Creative District.

OGDEN — With Ogden’s Nine Rails Creative District starting to take shape, a new advisory committee of sorts has formed to help guide it.

The Nine Rails Creative District Association typically meets on the third Tuesday of every month, with the gatherings open to the public. In a news release from Ogden First Arts, Jake McIntire said association exists within the sphere of the Ogden Downtown Alliance, which also oversees the Historic 25th Street Business Association, the Junction Business Association and the Washington Boulevard Business Association.

The first association meeting was held Sept. 18 at the recently opened Argo House, 529 25th St., and included more than 35 attendees, McIntire said, including residents, local artists, real-estate developers, city employees, students, Weber State University faculty and more.

The Ogden City Council approved the Nine Rails Creative District on Aug. 14, formally designating a section of the city as a centralized hub for arts and other creative activities. The main portion of the district is bounded by Washington Boulevard to the west and Jefferson Avenue to the east, between 24th and 26th streets. But the area also extends west to Historic 25th Street, north to The Junction, and east into the east-central neighborhood.

The sector will include dedicated connections between each of those locations, supported by arts-based infrastructure. The first phase of the plan includes a gateway art installation, a food truck hub, a new plaza on Ogden Avenue, an art/play installation at Lester Park, new signage and lighting, green infrastructure and traffic calming measures.

City officials hope the district will be a catalyst for the arts, while spurring artists and other creatives to work and live downtown.

In the news release, McIntire said the effort is collaborative and should include guidance from the community.

“I urge (people) to get involved — come to meetings, make cool art, set up shop, attend events, volunteer for an arts organization, make new friends, bring your family, apply for grants,” he said. “Let your next great idea take root here.”

The next association meeting will be Nov. 13, moved up a week due to the Thanksgiving holiday (location to be determined).

For more information about upcoming meetings, contact Danielle Collier with Ogden Downtown Alliance at danielle@ogdendowntown.com.

The city is also looking for local artists to contribute to the district and is now seeking art submissions to help push forward the initial implementation of the plan. The city hopes to fund five small public art projects in the district between October 2018 and June 2019.

A $1,000 artist stipend will be given to each of the five selected artists.

For more information, visit ogdencity.com/artistcall.

You can reach reporter Mitch Shaw at mishaw@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @mitchshaw23 or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/MitchShaw.StandardExaminer.

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