Monster Drawing Rally // A Creative Event for Artists and Collectors

Get ready for some creative chaos! The Park City Monster Drawing Rally is back on Thursday, May 31 from 6-9:30pm at the Kimball Art Center (1401 Kearns Blvd., Park City, UT).

Nope, it’s not a sports drink or truck jamboree, Monster Drawing Rally is a live drawing event and party presented by PCSC Arts Council and the Kimball Art Center that allows spectators to spy on the creative process, build relationships with local artists, and grow their art collections.

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St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Summer Lineup and New Location

Live music and outdoors concerts are cornerstones of a great Park City summer. Both residents and visitors alike look forward to grabbing a blanket and a few friends to enjoy the many musical opportunities around town. In that tradition, this summer marks the 15th year in a row that Park City Institute (PCI) presents its outdoor concert series, the St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights. This year comes with a twist however. After learning late last year that Deer Valley wasn’t going to renew PCI’s contract to hold the concerts at the resort, there was a scramble to select and secure a new venue for this summer’s great lineup.

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Call for Artists // EmPOWERment Public Art Utility Box Project

Park City Municipal Corporation (“PCMC”) has released a Call for Artists to beautify power boxes in town for their EmPOWERment Public Art Utility Box Project.

The goals of the project include creating vibrancy on public utility infrastructure around Park City and engaging the community through visual art in ways that align with City Council’s critical priority of Energy.

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It Takes A Neighborhood // Local Teen Author Nora Wall

I discovered through my 'Nextdoor' online neighborhood website that I have an author living across the valley. Fifteen year old author, Nora Wall, has lived in Park City for almost 2 years after living for 5 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She's enrolled at Treasure Mountain Junior High but also takes classes at the high school.

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LiteraryBarbara Bretz
Local Artist Profile: Mick Savage Blends Art & Science

Utah native and Park City resident, Mick Savage has recently gotten serious about his life-long artistic passion. “When I was young, I wanted to be an artist. I drew and painted all the time and became an art major in college.” Married and with a young daughter, Mick was advised by an art professor that switching majors might make it easier to find a job that could support his family. “I followed his advice and switched to science. It’s been wonderful to get back to my art in a serious way.”

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Local Public Art Project Presents Creative Workshops for Summit County Youth

Beginning in 2016 the Summit County Public Art Advisory Board in partnership with the PCSC Arts Council and Basin Recreation began to explore ways to engage local youth in a public art project. The result is The Future is Now which is designed to engage local young people in the creation of an interactive street art mural in the tunnel under Highway 224 -- a literal and figurative connection point for the Park City community.

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Explore Virtual Reality at the Park City Library

Virtual Reality (VR) is becoming increasingly popular in libraries across the nation and the Park City Library is no exception. Kate Mapp, Adult Services Librarian, and Katrina Kmak, Youth and Spanish Services Librarian, first got the idea to offer virtual reality when they visited the University of Utah Marriott Library’s virtual reality drop in program.  After taking a few turns on the virtual reality headset, Mapp and Kmak were sold and started making plans on how they could bring VR to the Park City Library.

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Classes, LiteraryBecca Lael
Park City Follies // 18 Years of Lampooning Laughs

Park City Follies, the unique play parodying 'all things Park City' is taking over the Egyptian stage for its 18th season on April 20 - 22 and 24 - 29.  

Director, Paul Tan and head writer, Tom Clyde, are joined by a creative team including Rick Klein, Andy Cier, Josh Martin and Terry Moffit. According to Moffit, “We work as a committee. All of us make suggestions, edit, and dream up story lines but Tom does most of the heavy lifting when it comes to the stage play.”

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New Hot Shop in Town // Red Flower Studios

When I heard about a new glassblowing studio opening in Park City, I jumped at the opportunity to find out more. Art studios in general are some of my favorite spaces on earth. I love the feeling of walking into a studio space and becoming immediately inspired. Studios expose the raw creative, reveals the process, and allows for the exploration of new techniques. They give people opportunities to communicate and connect over creative ideas, and this is exactly the feeling I got when I walked into Red Flower Studios.

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Park City Film Series Celebrates Earth Month

April 2018 is the 48th Anniversary of Earth Month®. The Earth Month Network recently published an article stating that “people from all age groups and backgrounds have one common thread to share: with all the advancements over the years many are still living in the dark as to our total environment; lacking simple awareness of issues and a direction to take. This is in part due to the increase in population density, industrialization, climate change, and apathy.”

Organizations and individuals around the world are spreading Earth Month knowledge and awareness through activism initiatives and educational opportunities. Our own Park City Film Series is screening two films this month to celebrate Earth Month and raise awareness about environmental sustainability.

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Literary Art Proposals Take the Lead in Park City Social Equity Innovation Challenge

Park City Council hosted a Social Equity Innovation Challenge during their retreat in March. The challenge invited city staffers to come up with innovative ideas for a social equity project that is not currently funded. $50,000 was budgeted to fund the top ideas that will fill a need in the community. There were 13 total proposals submitted to the challenge. 

The two winning ideas were presented by Katrina Kmak, Youth & Spanish Services Librarian at the Park City Library. Both proposals focused on literary arts and the latino community.

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Book to Film Club // Connecting Books and Film for the Community

The Book to Film Club is the brainchild of Library Director, Daniel Compton and Kimball Junction Branch Manager Joe Frazier. It was started in February 2014. Compton and Frazier had been trying to host a book club for about a year, but it had been unsuccessful. Eventually, they pitched the idea of a a Book to Film Club, in which participants would first read the book on their own, then come together a the Summit County Library Kimball Junction Branch to watch the movie and discuss the story. The club has been a “great success” since, with 10-20 participants each month.

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Dreams of My Comrades // A Dream Come True for Local Author Scott Zuckerman

Not every 'wannabe' author gets the benefit of having a Pulitzer Prize winning author as a high school english teacher. Scott Zuckerman was mentored for three semesters by Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes, at Stuyvesant High School. "He was a wonderful teacher. Colorful. Memorable. When I write, I can still hear his voice in the background as he looks over my shoulder." McCourt was among the first to encourage Scott to continue his writing, but then a medical career got in the way.

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LiteraryBarbara Bretz