The remodel of the Park City Library, created a wonderful new indoor facility and an awesome outdoor patio used for a multitude of activities including the newest venue for music in our community. Kate Mapp, Adult Services Librarian explains, “The 'Music on the Patio' series is a partnership between Park City Library and Mountain Town Music. It's funded by the Friends of the Park City Library and Park City Coffee Roaster (who operates our coffee shop in the library). Our vision is for the library to become the community’s living room of knowledge, opportunity, and innovation. Just as we are incorporating the visual arts into our library space we wanted to include the musical arts and the patio seemed like the perfect space.” The concerts occur on Wednesdays from 10:30 am to 1 pm and will be a great spot for a picnic or a brown bag lunch!
Rick Kimball, the new theater teacher at Park City High School grew up in a Navy family, moving every three years -- elementary school in California, Middle School in Maine, and High School in Japan. Rick was 23 when his father retired in Utah, and he followed the family here. While a senior in High School, Kimball's English score wasn't up to par, so needing extra credit to graduate, he agreed to play the role of a super awkward student in a one act play and it changed the direction of his life.
If you’ve spent much time in Park City, you know that the excitement doesn’t stop just because the slopes are closed for the season. In fact, summer brings an abundance of fun, family-friendly arts and culture activities from festivals and markets to special events like Savor the Summit and 4th of July to fill up your calendar.
Local author, Dr. Beverly Hurwitz, discovered Park City as a skier in the early 70's and visited many times before moving here in 1990 from Syracuse, New York for the Park City lifestyle. To stimulate locals and tourists to embrace walking as exercise, recreation and transportation and to promote walkability in Park City, Dr. Hurwitz has written A WALKER'S GUIDE TO PARK CITY. The paperback provides maps and directions for 30 local routes through urban and wild landscapes, along with photos and pearls about local history and ecology. Dr. Beverly Hurwitz will be at Dolly's Bookstore on Sunday, June 11 from 1 to 3 pm to sign copies of her just published book, A WALKER'S GUIDE TO PARK CITY.
You don’t have to be in Park City for long before you hear about Mountain Town Music, the nonprofit organization that programs live music performances at several venues throughout, not only Park City, but all of Summit County. Their latest creation is Noches de Verano En Parque De La Ciudad, a Monday night series of Latino music, art, and food, designed to share this unique culture as part of the Park City community.
Open Air Art Space provides rentable studio space to artists, a supportive and collaborative environment for artistic growth, and classes and workshops for artists to get direct, one-on-one instruction improving their knowledge and skills. After experiencing teaching methods offered by private art schools, universities, Italian classical academics, direct mentorship, and workshops by some of today’s top artists, David Riley, launched the Open Air Art Space instructional program using a unique blend of teaching methods that allows students to grow as artists while creating the artwork that they are interested in.
Park City summers bring more hours of daylight and plenty of reasons to be outdoors, so you might be reluctant to sit inside a dark theatre to watch a film. But what if you could combine great film with the outdoors? Sundance Institute’s Summer Film Series is a chance to do just that. This summer marks the 20th consecutive year of free outdoor film screenings curated and presented by Sundance Institute.
If someone asked you where to go to experience world-class theatre, you might suggest London’s West End, Broadway, or even San Francisco or Chicago. But what if you could stay in your own community and, for a fraction of the price, always be assured of the best seat in the house? With National Theatre Live that’s exactly what you can do! Katharine Wang, Executive Director for the Park City Film Series since 2012, says that National Theatre Live is a way of capturing award-winning theatrical productions from the West End of London and making them accessible to a global community. In partnership with the Park City Library, the Park City Film Series has made a yearly commitment to bringing several National Theatre Live productions to town, and in June it’s the family favorite Peter Pan.
Ever stop traffic? Ever stop traffic and dine on tables clad with white linens and hundreds of your new best friends in the fresh mountain air of Park City? This is your opportunity to do just that! Make your reservations today to join Park City’s largest outdoor dinner party, Savour the Summit on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 6 p.m..
What’s the buzz at the PC Marc? It’s soon to be a new kinetic sculpture suspended from the rafters, with whirling balls, racquets, skis, gears, and gravity drops. When an RFP went out for artwork to add to the facility, the specifications were that it encapsulate Park City values promoting a sense of play, community, and discovery. Mike Wong is a PCCAPS (Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies) volunteer mentor, a Park City High School graduate (’96), and an industrial engineer by profession. He submitted the winning design to the City, with a plan to engage and empower the PCCAPS students to create a tantalizing, community-based project.
Jordan Daines is a fine art painter who studied in Florence, Italy with the master Masri Haysaam. During her studies at Caine School of the Arts in Logan, Utah, Jordan connected to the Italian painter giving her the opportunity to enhance her knowledge of art and its discourse. Jordan graduated with a BFA at Caine expressing herself in a most individual way. Her current work with oil on wood panel and canvas is a thick painterly style showing a love of color. Her work is bold and overtly representational.
On Saturday June 3rd, the second annual Latino Arts Festival, produced by the Christian Center of Park City, will celebrate and showcase our local Latin culture. Approximately one-quarter of Park City’s population is from Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South American countries like Peru, Argentina, and Bolivia. The one-day Festival brings this diversity to light and creates a fun and colorful way for people from Park City and the surrounding areas to better understand and experience the heritage, traditions, and creativity of our Latino community.
The Park City Education Foundation (PCEF) supports education from just about every angle one might imagine, and fortunately for Park City students, one of their target priorities is the arts. Thanks to their many donors, PCEF will provide $150,000 in funding for various arts programs this year alone, $100,000 of which will go to fund Elementary Visual Art (EVA).
In Park City, it’s sometimes difficult to know when summer has really arrived. Summer is more of a feeling than it is a defined season around here, as it can snow at any time, and it often does. Parkites feel like it’s summer when the outdoor concerts begin, and our community flocks together, picnicking to live music in the extended twilight hours of the day. Several local nonprofits will soon make these hills ring with outdoor summer shows, drawing locals and visitors of all ages to a handful of outdoor venues.
Although there’s some argument as to who first coined the phrase, it’s nonetheless widely accepted that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Perhaps no one has been more flattered over the years than famed author Jane Austen – movies, parodies, reimagined novels, and now, a musical. Coming to Park City’s Egyptian Theatre in May, Emma – A Pop Musical is the modern day retelling of Austen’s similarly precocious Emma.
Growing up in Utah, artist Ruby Chacón saw few representations of her Chicana life and experiences in the art and history books that surrounded her. The stories she heard were about her father being segregated in the Monticello schools of his childhood, punished for speaking Spanish; or her mother, baptized at the old Guadalupe church in Salt Lake City or playing around the train tracks that separate downtown from Salt Lake’s west side. From now until June 4th, over a decade of Chacón’s work can be viewed at the Park City Library. The exhibit entitled Honoring My Community: A Collection from 2005-2016 provides a window into a rich part of Utah’s history told through the lens of a Utah native.
The Kimball Art Center believes that accessible creative outlets lead to a well-balanced lifestyle. Their summer art camps provide a makerspace for creative kids and teens. By sourcing local teaching artists along with visiting artists from around the country, students enrolled in Kimball Art Center summer art camps receive one-of-a-kind artistic experiences that help them feel inspired, gain confidence in their personal creative process, connect with their peers, and learn new skills and techniques.
Mahala Ruddell, Research Coordinator at Park City Museum, has always been interested in history. She shares, “As a kid, I was always reading books and dressing up in historical costumes. I loved going to museums and historical sites. By the time I got to college, I'd decided to turn my love of history into an actual job.”
April arrives, the weather gets cantankerous, ski resorts close, and Parkites long for summer to appear. What better way to bridge the gap than to head to the theatre? For over 15 years, the Park City community has looked forward to the end of April when The Park City Follies take the stage at The Egyptian Theatre. The Follies features an all-local cast that spoofs and lampoons all things Park City. From politics to transportation to community developments, no topic is considered taboo. If you’re a local, it’s an opportunity to remember the big issues from the year, laughing and cringing alongside your neighbors. If you’re a visitor, The Follies offer a special window into Park City and its local culture.
With its world-class ski resorts and miles of hiking and biking trails, Park City is widely known for its year-round outdoor activities. What’s perhaps less known, however, is the diversity of the Park City visual art scene. From contemporary to traditional, and from sculpture to oils and experimental mediums, the galleries in Park City offer the perfect cultural complement to the great outdoors. Of course, you can explore the many galleries on any given day, but The Last Friday Gallery Stroll is the perfect opportunity for locals and visitors alike to experience the arts as an organized event. This free community activity takes place all year long on the last Friday of each month and is presented by the Park City Gallery Association (PCGA) and its members.