Many Cultures, One Community

In the past 30 years, Utica has settled more than 13,000 refugees from more than 31 countries. Today the City enjoys the distinction of being a plurality city. It represents a mosaic of cultures with 1 in 5 of its citizens being foreign born and 44.7% being minorities.

Utica’s One World Garden will be a place of remembering and celebrating unity and the coming together of people from diverse cultures to settle and shape the Utica community. It will be a place to acknowledge the rich social and cultural identity that defines Utica and to seek retreat, friendship and belonging. It will be a place to visit in solitude, in the company of others, or to gather during seasonal celebrations and events. With the stories it tells and harbors, One World Garden seeks to become a meaningful place representing and supporting Utica’s diversity and its promise of hope, prosperity and inclusion for all.



One World Garden’s half-acre Sanctuary Garden site is currently a treeless set of 3 adjoining city-owned vacant lots located mid-block between Clark Place and South Street. The site sits in a highly visible and accessible location one block off of Utica’s traditional historic “Main Street” (Genesee Street) and one block from Oneida Square. As the map shows, the One World Garden project will include Area A:  One World Sanctuary Garden, Area B: Parking Area to double as festival and event space called the Tapestry Plaza and Area C: pedestrian pathway to and from the garden along the Passage of Cultures.


The One World Garden and its surrounding public realm will become an important destination in the heart of Utica’s Arts District within a short walk of Utica’s historic Stanley Theatre and iconic Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute. It will  play a key role  in creating a greener, safer and more welcoming public realm benefitting the downtown district and neighborhoods.