Festival After Dark keeps the art going
Partnerships vital to the program
August 1, 2017
The 48th Park City Kimball Arts Festival opens at 5 p.m. on Friday and runs through Sunday.
The art, however, doesn't stop when the lights go dim on Main Street.
In some instances, the art is just beginning, thanks to a program called Festival After Dark, said Dave March, marketing and event director of the Kimball Art Center.
"One of our goals with the festival is to make sure we are as collaborative and open in working with the local community, our local members, our local sponsors to ensure that not only do we put on a fun and professional world-class arts festival, but also folks are coming up for the night or maybe, for the weekend," March said during a Park Record interview. "This is something we've done every year, and it's a nice piece and reciprocity where folks in both for-profit and nonprofit work together to enhance the cause for Park City and the county."
This season's Festival After Dark is made possible by the Sundance Institute, the Park City Institute, the Utah Symphony's Deer Valley Music Festival, the Egyptian Theatre and the Summit County Fair.
"As we continue to move along with the success of Festival After Dark we have partnered with the Sundance Institute," March said.
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Sundance will present a free screening of Alex and Andrew Smith's 2017 Sundance Film Festival competition contender "Walking Out," on Friday, at 9 p.m. at City Park.
If the outdoor film doesn't pique an interest, maybe stand-up comedy does.
"The Park City Kimball Arts Festival also partners with the Egyptian Theatre," March said. "They usually partner with us with their stand-up comedians they program on the first weekend of the month."
This year, comedians Mick Diflo and Greg Hahn will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night at the Egyptian Theatre.
The next two partnerships have the potential to lead arts festival goers to Deer Valley's Snow Park Amphitheater on Saturday and Sunday nights.
"We work closely with the Utah Symphony and the Park City Institute with all the programming they do at Deer Valley Resort, which is also one of our sponsors," March said.
At 7 p.m. on Saturday, the Utah Symphony's Deer Valley Music Festival will present "Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of 'Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.'" Then at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, the Park City Institute will present the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus.
"We invite folks, as soon as the Arts Festival winds down or closes on those nights, to not head home, but stick around town and enjoy some of the live music and, maybe, even spend the night," March said.
If festivalgoers want to experience something with a small-town feel, they can head to the Summit County Fair.
Saturday's main event at the fair is the demolition derby that starts at 7 p.m.
"This is a unique and fun highlight that is essential to the county," March said.
These kinds of partnerships have been part of the Park City Kimball Arts Festival programming for years.
"I know our previous executive director (Robin Marrouche) and Teri Orr at the Park City Institute and Randy Barton at the Egyptian Theatre had a passion to invite, support and celebrate all we have to offer in town," March said.
The idea is to make every event successful and enjoyable.
"We don't have a successful arts festival in a vacuum," March said. "We hope, love and expect that all of our additional partners and community players have the same benefits we have."
Doing that speaks to the level of arts and culture in the community.
"It's important for the Kimball Art Center to have the ability to drive, push and promote other nonprofits," March said. "The Park City Kimball Arts Festival happens to be our event to do that. We are fortunate to be the recipient of other similar programs with organizations in town that we partner with on their events."
The 48th Park City Kimball Arts Festival will run Friday, Aug. 4, to Sunday, Aug. 6, on historic Main Street. Friday's hours are from 5-9 p.m., and Park City and Summit County residents will be admitted for free. Saturday's hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday's hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adult weekend passes are $12. Passes for children ages six to 17 are $6. Children ages 5 and younger will be admitted for free. For information, visit http://www.parkcitykimballartsfestival.org.