Park City Summit County Arts Council selects new managing director
Jocelyn Scudder is the new managing director for the Park City Summit County Arts Council. For information, visit pcscarts.org.
When Hadley Dynak resigned as executive director of the Park City Summit County Arts Council to move back to the Bay Area with her family in August, the nonprofit’s board of directors began to search for a replacement.
After nearly nine weeks of searching, the board realized the person they were looking for was right in front of them.
Earlier this week, the board unanimously voted to promote county manager Jocelyn Scudder to lead the organization as managing director.
“I’m really thrilled and humbled to lead the arts council and continue its mission to promoting, supporting and strengthening arts countywide,” Scudder said.
Amy Trombetti, board chair for Park City Summit County Arts Council, said she and her board are confident Scudder, who has filled in for Dynak in the past eight weeks, has the skills to take on the responsibility.
“Jocelyn is a great talent for the Arts Council and most importantly for our arts and culture community,” Trombetti said in a statement. “In the last months, she has seamlessly led the day-to-day operations in addition to her programming and marketing responsibilities. The board recognized her skill set, in-depth knowledge of our community, and her passion for the arts as a true asset for our mission.”
A director by any other name
The managing director’s role is essentially the same as that of the executive director, Scudder explained.
“I’m going to lead the organization throughout the next year,” she said. “The board has agreed to invest in some professional development and education for me that will help prepare me for the role of executive director in a ongoing process.”
Becoming managing director wasn’t in Scudder’s plan when she joined the arts council in 2017.
“When Hadley’s departure took place, the arts council board originally had plans for me to move into a new position as director of programs and engagement,” she said. “In the past three months, I’ve had to step up and continue the work Hadley had started.”
One of the big projects Scudder has jumped in on is the Project ABC (Arts, Beauty and Culture) initiative, which is a community-wide cultural planning process that started in 2016.
Scudder will work closely with Jake McIntyre, the lead consultant on the project, she said.
The next Project ABC event is a public meeting that will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Nov. 2, in the Park City Library’s Community Room.
Attendees will hear three presentations by people who have funding experience in Utah’s arts and culture communities, according to Scudder.
The speakers are Kat Potter, a consultant at Pathway Associates; Thaine Fischer, managing partner at Fischer-Regan Enterprises and Wendi Hassan, executive director of the Cache Valley Center for the Arts.
“With the climate of arts and culture today in Park City and Summit County, we feel it’s important for people to come and hear these speakers,” Scudder said. “I think the information they will convey will be useful for our community. We also will look for anyone in the creative sector to come join us.”
In addition, Scudder is producing the final programs for the year including partnering with the Park City Professional Arts Association to host Art Elevated, a fine arts and handcrafted gifts showcase, on Dec. 14-16 at the Swaner EcoCenter in Kimball Junction.
Two days later, she will produce BRANDed PC, a gallery exhibition of local creative entrepreneurs and their products at The Rockwell Room on Main Street.
“This is a pop-up showcase, a spin on what people know as an art exhibit, that celebrates creative entrepreneurs and their products,” she said.
Scudder joined the Park City Summit County Arts Council as community manager, where she oversaw the nonprofit’s marketing initiatives, programming and community relationships.
“Through the past year, especially with the community relationship aspect, I have been placed in a good position to move into the managing director position,” she said. “I have created some great relationships with Summit County’s creative community. I’m thrilled and I feel privileged to be able to represent them and continue to advocate for them and be their microphone countywide.”
Prior to hopping on board the arts council, Scudder worked at the Kimball Art Center as its education department manager for four years.
“The Kimball offers a variety of visual art programs annually, and I got to invite internationally known artists to teach workshops and cultivate the local artists who taught weekly painting classes,” she said.
That experience helped prepare her for the work she would do at the arts council.
“When Park City Summit County Arts Council announced the opening for community manager, I saw a big portion of the work was to program events,” she said. “That was something I did at the Kimball.”
Scudder learned a lot from Dynak at the arts council.
“She transformed the organizations when she came in, and she did incredible work with programming, marketing and artist advocacy,” Scudder said. “She was able to put the arts council back on the map, which was unique because it’s a 30-year-old organization and has become vibrant once more in the past two years. Watching her work, her passion and drive only fueled me more. I’m grateful for the time I had with her.”
Love of arts opened doors
A native New Englander who grew up in Madison, Connecticut, and Long Meadow, Massachusetts, Scudder earned her bachelor’s degree in fine art from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.
“I have been a creative kid all of my life,” she said. “I would always do creative projects with my family. If you didn’t find me swimming or outside, you would find me creating things.”
The managing director’s already made her mark on the community. Scudder led the efforts in bringing renowned street artist Bisco Smith for the Future Is Now Creative Workshop last spring, which resulted in a colorful mural in the tunnel running between Redstone and Skullcandy under S.R. 224.
Future Is Now, which was recognized by local and state leaders, brought the New York-based artist together with Summit County youths ages 11 to 17 on how to heal from recent community tragedies and capture their hopes for the future through art, she said.
In addition, Scudder cultivated a partnership with Basin Recreation to merge residents’ love of the outdoors and of art with the Art on the Trails event in September. The afternoon featured seven Utah artists performing poetry readings, dance, classical and folk music along the McLeod Creek Trail.
Scudder’s goals as managing director are to continue working on these projects and looking for new ways to service the county’s creative community.
“We have experienced rapid growth in interesting and fun programs in the community that highlight our creative sector, and we need to maintain momentum with what the arts council has accomplished in the past two years,” she said. “I truly enjoy what the Park City Summit County Arts Council is accomplishing to promote, support and strengthen arts and culture countywide, and I’m excited to play a lead role in the next chapter of the organization.”
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