The change emphasized the nonprofit organization's goal to not only bring entertaining performing arts to Park City, but to schedule artists that provide thought-provoking and "enlightening" programs as well.
"I hope when you leave at least one of these performances, you say, 'That was time well spent' and 'I feel like I've been entertained,'" said executive director Teri Orr as she addressed the standing-room only crowd who gathered at the home of High West Distillery owners David and Jane Perkins. "But I also hope you will also say that you feel educated and illuminated.
"Illumination is that magic thing that happens, that transcendence between the performer and the audience," Orr said.
The change was made possible through a name loan by Maziarz, who had registered the name with Utah in 1996 when Maziarz and his wife Mary Beth began holding small-scale art and educational outreach presentations.
"We did lectures, and workshops and classes, and reached some people and had some great feedback," he said. "We had trouble getting to the stage of doing more because of finances, escalating real estate values, our own careers and our two charming kids who are incredibly active."
Facing those obstacles, Maziarz began talking with Orr more than a year ago about lending the name Park City Institute to the Park City Performing Arts Foundation.
"We are enthralled with the work Teri does with her staff and it makes us excited to be a part of that as our next step," Maziarz said. "With that, we are going to lend the name to her for as long well, forever."
Maziarz reiterated the mission statement of the Park City Institute — "To enrich the community by providing innovative experiences that entertain, educate and illuminate."
"The first is obvious," Maziarz said. "Teri has brought great, world-class talent to our small mountain town."
The concept of education comes in the form of various student outreaches that Orr and her staff have provided for the students of Park City and Summit County by inviting the performing artists to give workshops in the schools.
He also mentioned the Institute's Mega Genius Supply Store and I.Q. H.Q., a free, after-school tutoring program located on Swede Alley, that was established by the Park City Performing Arts Foundation.
"But it's the third element of illumination that I'm most excited about for the future of the Park City Institute," Maziarz said. "I am looking forward to working with all of you to bring more illumination into our lives and figuring out ways to bring that into the lives around us."
The Institute already does a portion of that with the performance series that is presented in the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, located at Park City High School, from October through May.
In 1998, the first performance Orr and her staff produced was comedian Bill Cosby.
Since then, Jeff Daniels, David rne, the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, DanceBrazil and Kristin Chenoweth have all performed on the Eccles Center stage.
The confirmed lineup for the 2013-14 season will include music by Dawes, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Bernadette Peters, Nellie McKay and the Turtle Island String Quartet, Jon Batiste and Celtic Nights.
Kicking off the theatrical performances of the 2013-14 season will be "Letters Home," inspired by the HBO documentary "Last Letters Home" that documented the correspondence between members of the military and their families.
The performance on Oct. 26, is a collaboration between the Park City Institute, and the National Ability Center and the Wounded Warriors Project that provides recreational and rehabilitation opportunities for military veterans.
Other theatrical experiences will include the acrobats and dancers in Imago ZooZoo, the extreme sports of "All Wheel Sports" and the adult-themed "Puppet Up!"
Dance is also on the menu with the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, The Trey McIntyre Project and Jessica Lang Dance.
Orr addressed the standing-room only crowd during the announcement and said none of these performances would be possible if it weren't for the support of donors.
"It's about passion and it's about compassion," Orr said. "It's about who we are when (things) all come together and we try to give as good as we get. And we try to do that year after year after year with some consistency about the quality of programming."
For more information, visit www.ecclescenter.org .