Nine Rails Creative District

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.

Join the Painted Streets Paint Party!

Ogden City Arts is hosting a Painted Streets mural project in the new Nine Rails Creative District and inviting the community to participate in painting the murals. Following a series of public submissions, advisory committee scoring and public voting, the selected designs are now being organized for completion via a community volunteer effort.

The first mural will be painted on the street in the center lane heading up the hill to Adams Avenue, and the second mural will be painted in the four crosswalks of the 25th and Adams crossing.

The Nine Rails team is asking community organizations and members of the public to participate in a “Paint Party” to facilitate the community murals in a series of paint-by-number paint sessions. Groups can organize volunteer groups or individuals can opt in for single sessions. The event will be held from June 15-23, 2018. Available days and times are listed in an online signup form, linked below.

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.