Historic Park City Alliance seeks entries for Community Voices
February 20, 2015
The Historic Park City Alliance wants to hear your thoughts about Park City.
The nonprofit’s Community Voices program is seeking bloggers and submissions for a video contest that focus on Main Street, said Executive Director Alison Butz.
"We’re looking to get more voices to tell the story of Main Street and we are asking the community and people who either live in Park City or visitors who have an affinity or fondness of Park City to tell their stories," Butz told The Park Record. "We want people to share insights into Historic Park City events, activities and places and they will contribute to a Historic Main Street blog."
Some of the topics will be about the arts, nightlife, new businesses, family activities, the talk of the town, Park City history or fashion.
The goal is to collect different perspectives and share them on the alliance’s website (http://www.historicparkcityutah.com).
"Everyone who has been here or lived here has a story," Butz said. "They can remember their first time in town. Of course they went to Main Street and we want to know how they felt and how Main Street still connects with them today.
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"Main Street is the heart of the community," she said. "It’s where Park City started and I think that’s why the Chamber uses it in all of its marketing with the pictures."
To show the alliance’s commitment to the bloggers, it will pay a small stipend, $75, for submissions posted on the website.
"Each blog must be no more than 500 words and include photos revealing lesser-known gems of our town," Butz said. "We would like them to contribute at least four times a year in the different categories. We would like to get as many voices as we can, and including local experts in the area as well.
"We’ve already had a few submissions that can be read on our website," she said. "It’s been fun for me to read through them and learn about their background and their connection to the community before we put them online."
Potential bloggers can contact Meisha Lawson by emailing email@example.com to pitch their ideas.
"We want to do that to ensure every blog is different," Butz said. "After we give them the green light, they can write and we would pay them."
The second piece of the project is the Community Voices video contest, where the winner receives $1,000 in cash.
"We are asking people to make their own three-minute video about Main Street and submit them by April 15," Butz said. "The idea is to get video content of Main Street. It doesn’t matter if it’s done today or if someone has previously taken a video or videos on Main Street and piece them together. We will leave it up to them how they want to showcase Main Street."
The contest is a way to get another voice in the project.
"Plus, we want to see what people can produce," Butz said.
The video contest was inspired by a similar project Salt Lake City did with their downtown area, according to Butz.
"This is something we have talked about for a few years," she said. "We have always wanted to work on video content for Main Street, but we’ve had to prioritize and find what fits in our timelines and schedules. Our schedule opened up for this to happen and we’re excited to launch this."
Butz reiterated that the videos must be no longer than three minutes long.
"We don’t want people to spend all their time making a 10-minute video and find out that it isn’t eligible for the contest," she said.
The winning video will be posted on our website and onYouTube.
"We would also use it as a marketing piece," Butz explained. "I assume our second and third place videos will be shown as well."
Butz likes the fact that anyone can submit a video, and unlike the blogs, the creators don’t have to get the thumbs up for their ideas.
"That’s what makes the contest exciting," she said.
Anyone who has spent time in Park City is eligible to submit a blog or video or both.
"The only thing we have done that’s similar to this was a photo contest four years ago," Butz said. "That was fun, but we’re kicking it up a notch this time.
"I love seeing Instagram photos of Main Street and look forward to what people may highlight, because they see things differently than me," she said. "I’m really looking forward to the videos in that same vein."
For more information about the Historic Park City Alliance’s Community Voices Project, contact Meisha Lawson at 435-659-9283 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.