Getting Footloose in Park City

Everybody’s going to “kick off the Sunday shoes” when the Ziegfeld Theatre's production of Footloose comes to Park City's Egyptian Theatre.

Leading the way will be Aathaven Tharmarajah, starring as Ren McCormack. This role was made famous by Kevin Bacon in the 1984 movie. He has performed in a wide range of high school productions, but now, a freshman at Universtiy of Utah, this is his debut with Ziegfeld and in a starring role, no less.

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Park City High School Theater on the Rise

Park City is known for it’s many world class opportunities it has to offer. It’s evident by the diverse array of languages one can hear while walking down Main Street that people come from all corners of the world to get a taste of our small mountain town. Many people associate Park City with beautiful mountains, cozy lodges, an amazing variety of outdoor recreation throughout all four seasons, and great art galleries. In addition to all of that, Rick Kimball, the Director of the Park City High School Theater Program, has been working to put Park City on the map for something else.

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Youth Filmmakers Invited to Break Boundaries for the 2019 Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Champs

Calling all youth filmmakers in Summit, Wasatch, and Salt Lake Counties! This is an opportunity that you will not want to miss.

The Park City Summit County Arts Council, the Park City Film Series and U.S. Ski & Snowboard have come together to present the Breaking Boundaries // 2019 Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Champs Youth Film Contest. The Call is targeted towards young filmmakers (21 and under) to tell stories about breaking boundaries, wherever that may apply in their lives.

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Film, Open CallsJocelyn Scudder
English & Hareza // Local Musicians On The Road Again

Local singer/songwriter/musician, Elizabeth Hareza, is taking her music on the road again. As a duo project in 2017, English & Hareza did a two month tour of Europe, performing nearly every day in cities across The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Austria, Scotland and England. Aaron English, a singer songwriter from Seattle, WA, had already planned the tour and invited Elizabeth to join in.

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Music, PerformanceBarbara Bretz
Hit Broadway Musical 'Hamilton' Inspires Letter Writing Competition for Utah High School Students

Many of us Utahns felt the disappointment when tickets to Hamilton sold out in a few hours last week, but there is still a chance for a high school student in our community to attend. The State of Utah, in an incredible public/private partnership, is sponsoring students from every corner of the state to attend a performance of Hamilton through The New Nation Project letter writing competition.The competition gives high school students (grades 9-12) an opportunity to write to their legislator about an issue they care about and propose a solution.

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Calling all Creatives: Park Silly Sunday Market Accepting Vendor Applications for the 2018 Season

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to quit your day job and turn your creative ideas into a feasible business that could support you and your family? Maybe you’ve always wanted to figure out how you could offset the costs of your addiction to creating art or clothing, crafts, gardening, or even gourmet food.

If you are a creative type, or if you’re just looking to see if your idea for a business is actually workable, it’s time for you to apply to the Park Silly Sunday Market and see if your idea will fly.

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Challenging Landscape Photography Conventions: Nicole Pietrantoni at the Kimball Art Center

Ansel Adams said, “You don't take a photograph, you make it.” This idea is central to Nicole Pietrantoni’s work, which will soon be on view at Kimball Art Center. The exhibition runs February 10 - April 15, with a preview with the artist for KAC members on February 9.

Nicole’s work is based in the tradition of landscape photography, but she challenges its conventions, examining the tension between picturesque images of nature and the near-constant threat of environmental change.

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Creative Process, Product and Potential: Kimball Art Center on Arts Education

As the new Education Director and Executive Director at the KAC, I have visited several of our educational partners over the past month, and without exception I was amazed with how much the community and other organizations respect the KAC and want to work us. The Park City area values arts education. At the Kimball we will work to nurture those relationships and play a leading role in the growth of the arts education in the Park City area.

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Sharing Park City's History: Diane Knispel

Diane Knispel, Director of Education at Park City Museum came to us from New Jersey where she worked at the Hermitage National Landmark and Historic House Museum. Diane employs both her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and certificate in Historic Preservation as she trains museum volunteers, schedules and organizes tours for school and scout groups, Main Street walking tours, Museum tours and lectures for the public.  


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Local View: Female Talent at the Sundance Film Festival

I have been a resident of Park City for over 38 years. Shortly after moving here in 1979 from New York City, the Sundance Film Festival was formed. The festival had been a struggling venue called the Utah/US Film Festival when it was taken over by Sundance.

In the early years, it was a small showing highlighting the work of regional filmmakers creating independent low budget films. Easily accessed by the general public, one could purchase a ticket at the theater. As it grew into one of the most important festivals in the world, a number of women were at the helm.

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Film, FestivalsMary Whitesides
The Sound of Nashville Alternative Music at the Sundance Film Festival

Film and music go hand in hand. The essence and mood of a scene in a film can be made with music (think the two terrifying notes in JAWS, Rocky’s pump-up music during his famous workout montage, or the simple image of John Cusack in Say Anything holding up a boombox blaring ‘In Your Eyes’ by Peter Gabriel). The music in these scenes made them iconic, and will forever be associated with these films.

That being said, the Sundance Film Festival does not ignore the importance of music. The Festival offers an array creative experiences throughout the 10 day event, many of them being performances. Every year the music scene is quality, and one company makes the scene especially interesting by bringing in the sound of Nashville alternative music into the mix. An array of artists, musicians and songwriters will showcase their talents, and this year, local Summit County musicians are also given an opportunity to get involved.

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The Future is Now // Engaging Artists and Local Youth in a Creative Collaboration

Art serves as a mechanism to bring community together. It inspires conversation. It is an outlet for expression. Its product can generate hope. Street art is a purposeful tool for community activation. It is a contemporary form of creative expression designed to engage the public, generate an emotional response, and symbolically communicate an idea.

Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District, Park City Summit County Arts Council, and the Summit County Public Art Advisory Board have come together to develop a project called The Future is Now 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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Slamdance Spotlight: Fake Tattoos // Director Pascal Plante

The 24th annual Slamdance Film Festival held in Park City January 19-25 is contained within The Treasure Mountain Inn. Slamdance is a showcase for raw and innovative filmmaking self governed - By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers. The year-round organization serves new and emerging artists, filmmakers and storytellers.

One film has the distinction of being selected to screen at both Slamdance and Berlinale 2018.

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Local Spotlight: Sundance Volunteer Carol Dalton

Sundance Film Festival would not run like a well-oiled machine without a legion of volunteers, many of them local.

Carol Dalton, a Parkite who loves attending the festival, has been volunteering for over 20 years. “Friends were doing it and I've been a fan of independent films since my teens. Ever the rebel, my teenage friends and I saw Clockwork Orange, Deep Throat and Reefer Madness. I was hooked!”

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Film, CultureBarbara Bretz
One Book One Community: PCEF Author-in-Residence Program

Park City Education Foundation rings in the new year with a new program name and time for their popular Author-in-Residence program. Sara Hutchinson, Programs Manager, explains why. “We changed the name from ‘Author-in-Residence’ to ‘One Book One Community presented by PCEF’ because that is a national program with great name recognition. Over the past nine years, it has morphed from a student-only program to one in which the local libraries and many book groups took part. We appreciate the support of our local libraries and love the idea of the entire community reading one book.”

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