City is one of the best small
art towns in America!
Street in Park City
and cultural admirers can throw their heads back and laugh
at the irony that Park City was once listed on the national
list of historic "ghost towns." In 1996, Park City made
another list. The town was honored in a book entitled
"Top 100 Small Towns for Art in America." Perhaps the
town's breathtaking natural surroundings are what inspire
so many to explore their innermost creative talents, investing
that energy back into the community for visitors and locals
alike to enjoy. A long legacy of artistic works and events
echo throughout Park City history, and today, this cultural
authority is more vibrant than ever.
years ago, Park City formed its own Arts Council. Executive
Director Joanna Charnes says of Park City, "It's a really
nice partnership in a resort town when the artistic components
we offer complement the recreational opportunities here.
It's idyllic for our visitors. It's beautiful, there's
tons of outdoor adventure and yet we're a stone's throw
from regional and world-class cultural arts venues. To
me, that's the essence of it all."
January, filmmakers from all over the country convene
for North America's premiere independent film competition
at Robert Redford's Sundance
Film Festival. During the summer, the town
comes alive with sculptors, painters, dancers, musicians
and creative thinkers who come to hone their crafts.
the pinnacle of the summer arts scene occurs at the beginning
of August when over 200 artists, and thousands of art
enthusiasts from across the country, flock to the Park
City Art Festival, this year enjoying its 30th
anniversary. Attracting the country's finest painters,
craftsmen and sculptors, the Festival is the town's summer
masterpiece for the arts.
the theatrical crowd, Park City's historic Main Street
is the proud home of the Mary
G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre, just recently
renovated to its former glory. The Egyptian Theatre Company
stages plays throughout the year, with a summer 1999 schedule
that includes "The Chairs," "Pump Boys & Dinettes," and
"Side by Side by Sondheim."
Summit Institute for the Arts
and Humanities has long been know for its outstanding
programs. The Institute's artists-in-residence dance program
is among the country's finest collaborations of classical
and modern dancers. Beginning with the humanities program
in June, the Institute offers myriad cultural performances
throughout the summer, on the green slopes of Deer Valley
Resort as well as other locations throughout town. A summer
1999 schedule includes a chamber music festival, and a
wide array of dancers and composers in residence. Also,
two modern dance companies, Repertory Dance Theater and
the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company are in residence during
July and August working with young dancers.
Park City Performing Arts Foundation
presents an eclectic variety of dance, speakers, and musical
events in their 1,300-seat state-of-the-art multipurpose
theater. The George S. and Dolores
Dore Eccles Center for the Performing Arts
was built in 1998, adjacent to the Park City High School,
and has become a town center for performances of all types.
Summer 1999 will see many performances including the Hispanic
Music Association, the Kennedy Center's version of 'The
Nightingale' and Peter Davison, juggler and actor.
of a film buff? The Park City
Film Series shows an array of international
independent films Friday and Saturday nights throughout
the year in the historic Jim Santy Auditorium at the Park
City Library & Education Center. Those who miss the winter's
Sundance Film Festival can often catch those same films
in a less crowded summer setting. Park City's first summer
film festival, SlamDance, will celebrate its inaugural
season this July.
visual art connoisseurs, over 20 art
galleries offer collections from both local
and national artists. Along historic Main Street, browsers
and buyers can find works of Native Americans, wildlife
photographers, jewelers, ceramic designers, sculptors,
wood craftsmen and contemporary pieces by local and regional
artists. The Kimball Art Center,
at the base of Main Street, showcases new exhibits each
month in two separate galleries, and hosts art classes
in a variety of mediums. A great way to experience all
of Park City's fine galleries is to enjoy a gallery stroll
the first Friday of each month.
a poetry reading at a local bookstore, to a national dance
troupe leaping across a grand stage, to a unique metal
sculpture placed alongside a public walking trail, the
town of Park City and the The Arts Council are dedicated
to providing residents and visitors alike a full range
of cultural opportunities. Throughout the year, a host
of musical and theatrical events offer a full palate of
artistic activities sure to please the most discriminating
critic and enthusiastic devotee.