The Dumke Arts Plaza represents the transformation of a blighted motel property into an innovative civic space that will bring the community together around art in Ogden’s dynamic Nine Rails Creative District. The plaza’s design, inspired by the region's dynamic landscape, has the flexibility to support many types of art, from large-scale installations to small performances, and includes an LED screen for displaying film and video art. An elevated platform known as the plinth provides more space for arts programming, as well as a new perspective on the plaza and its surroundings. The Dumke Arts Plaza is a welcoming public space, with interactive play elements, unique lighting, benches, and water-wise landscaping. A major feature of the Dumke Arts Plaza is the Beacon, a new sculpture that extends over 25th Street, inviting visitors to explore the plaza.
The inaugural exhibition for Ogden City's new Dumke Arts Plaza is curated by Weber State's Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery and features the work of renown artist, Chakaia Booker. This exhibition will run through March 2023, and is made possible through generous support from the Weber State University Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities, the Dr. Ezekiel R. & Edna Wattis Dumke Foundation, and the Weber State University Matthew S. Browning Center for Design.