December 6 editorial
Amid the pleas for financial assistance in these tough economic times, requests from arts organizations are often drowned out by more urgent needs.
Granted, when it comes to government grants and charitable aid, food, shelter and medical care should have priority. But during this season of sharing, the arts deserve support too.
Over the last few weeks, the Park City Performing Arts Foundation (PCAF), the Egyptian Theatre and the Park City Film Series have called on the community to help shore up their foundering budgets. PCAF, for example, had to shelve its performance series for children this year and the Egyptian may be forced to scale back future seasons.
The film series organizers, too, have issued a dire request for donations to keep their affordable movie series alive, saying corporate donations have dropped 70 percent.
Unfortunately, with a long line of bankers, insurance companies and auto-industry execs ahead of them, it is doubtful that any of these groups will be getting state or federal assistance, so it will be up to the community to keep them alive.
Fortunately, none are asking for billion-dollar bailouts. And even though they’d be grateful for major sponsors, all three would be happy just to sell you a ticket or two.
This weekend the Eccles Center stage will feature Ryan Bingham, an up-and-coming country rock musician with impressive reviews. In addition to being made up of classmates, neighbors and local friends, Eccles Center audiences are usually upbeat, even a little rowdy, so the performance is bound to offer some relief from the CNN harbingers of doom and gloom.
On Main Street, the Egyptian Theatre will offer Saturday and Sunday matinees and a Saturday night performance of "The Music Man." Those who have attended previous productions at the Egyptian know the cast and sets are worthy of a big city but the ticket prices don’t come close to the Broadway big shots. A wholesome classic, "The Music Man" is a great antidote to the 401K blues and the cozy historic theater is a great place to gather on a winter night.
Also this weekend, the Park City Film Series is screening "Trouble the Water," at the Santy Auditorium. It was the winning documentary at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and tells the story of one couple’s evacuation from New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and their eventual return. Their story a great example of perseverance and hope in the toughest of situations and should help Parkites put their own tribulations in perspective.
Park City’s cultural scene is abundant, but endangered. You can help preserve it and perhaps bolster your own spirits by getting out on the town this weekend.
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