Chamber to hold arts, culture tradeshow/mixer
The Park City Chamber/Bureau is holding a free, all-invited arts and culture tradeshow and mixer on Sept. 14 at the Silver Lake Lodge at Deer Valley from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Although the Chamber/Bureau hosts professional services and summer tourism tradeshows annually, the arts-and-culture version will be the first of its kind. Kristen Carpenter, Chamber/Bureau membership director, said that the arts and culture tradeshow/mixer will be different in that it will feature live entertainment nearly throughout the entire two-and-a-half-hour program.
For the first hour, Take 5 will play live jazz music, with a Sundance screening of a short film starting at 5:15 p.m. When the film is over at 5:45 p.m., Off the Top will perform a 15-minute comedy skit, followed by another Sundance screening of a short film. The Park City Dance Academy of Performing Arts will then perform for 30 minutes to wrap up the entertainment at 6:45, leaving time for participants to mingle.
"The reason why we call it a tradeshow-mixer is the combination format of combining the tradeshow, whereby a company has the opportunity to host a booth to promote their organization, and the mixer component, which is an opportunity for members of the business community to network and socialize," Carpenter said. "In between the live entertainment, guests will be able to check out the offerings of our local arts and culture members."
Organizations that will be represented include the Kimball Art Center, Egyptian Theater Company, Park City/Summit County Arts Council and the Park City Jazz Foundation, to name a few.
"The whole basis for this event is that it will serve as a forum for the arts community to come together and promote Park City as a premiere arts and culture destination," Carpenter said. "There’s such a current emphasis on Park City as a winter ski destination and there’s an opportunity for increased visitation to Park City based on the arts and cultural draw we have."
She also said it will be an opportunity to for organizations to recruit new members and to inform the public about their programs.
"The Summit County Arts Council, which is headed up Kathy Hunter, approached us about hosting this event," she said. "She’s trying to get all these arts and culture people together and to partner together in a more collaborative effort to accomplish their goals."
The Chamber/Bureau will serve free hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks. There will also be a cash bar available.
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The Park City lodging industry in recent weeks experienced an uptick in projected occupancy numbers during the dates of the Sundance Film Festival, but the figures remain depressed from a typical year during the largest special event on the city’s calendar.