PCSC Arts Council to Host Arts Summit ‘19

The Park City Summit County Arts Council will hold its Arts Summit ‘19 on Friday April 5th from 9am-noon at the Blair Education Center. This free event is an opportunity for the community to convene and celebrate progress in the arts and cultural sector. The Park City Summit County Arts Council along with community partners will present about many of the existing projects happening in our community as a result of Project ABC, as well as outline the broad impact of Arts and Culture in Summit County.

“Park City Summit County Arts Council is an umbrella nonprofit organization that supports our creative sector at large. Our mission is to promote, support, and strengthen Arts and Culture countywide. We are also designated by the State as the Local Arts Agency for Park City and Summit County,” notes Jocelyn Scudder, Managing Director of PCSC Arts Council.

It was a recommendation that surfaced out of Project ABC: art, beauty, culture that a regular summit be held for the community to gather and discuss the current state of the arts in Summit County. Project ABC is a community wide cultural planning initiative that grew out of a desire to more effectively connect the arts and culture community and plan for the future. The Cultural Plan lays out a roadmap for the future of Arts and Culture countywide, and was completed in the spring of 2018. The Arts Council is currently in the Implementation Oversight phase. The plan is available at projectabcsc.com.

The Arts Summit ‘19 will give a platform to many community members and organizations who are helping move the needle on Project ABC recommendations and priorities. Local arts and culture leaders will present on new projects, ideas, newly formed associations, and initiatives. These presentations are a great example of how Project ABC continues to be a community lead and community owned process.

On the agenda is Tom Fisher, Summit County Manager. Tom will be speaking of the importance of arts, culture and heritage in Summit County, including a highlight of the Summit County Museum. We also have on the agenda, Bill McGinnis, local musician, who will talk about a new music association called MusePC. Teresa Tackman who serves as Summit County Board Chair, and Minda Stockdale, Park City Board Administrator, will discuss Park City and Summit County Public Art. Amber Johnson, Communications Manager at CONNECT will peak on Connect Summit County’s new arts event called Images of Resilience, which supports their efforts in mental health awareness. Teri Orr, Executive Director of Park City Institute, will be discussing TEDx Youth. Finally, Jory Macomber, Executive Director of Kimball Art Center, will also be at the event to discuss the future of the Kimball Art Center.

Along with these wonderful presentations from local community members, we will also be looking at data driven reporting of the current impact of the arts and culture sector. This data is generated by information provided by local funders, reports by Summit County Economic Development Director Jeff Jones, as well as new data software that the Arts Council recently invested in, called the Creative Vitality Suite. “This software is the leading economic impact software related to the arts. It allows us to track the impact in Summit County and easily compare to other communities statewide,” explains Jocelyn.

Finally, the Executive Director of Utah Cultural Alliance will present and share information about the most recent legislative session and how it has impacted the arts and culture sector.

The Arts Council is excited to welcome arts and culture leaders, advocates, and enthusiasts from our community to join us at the Arts Summit ‘19. This event is free and open to the public. Anyone who shares an interest for arts and culture in Summit County is welcome to join us. Light breakfast will be served. If you’re interested, check out our Facebook Event for updates, and RSVP here.