New board members elected to Park City Performing Arts Foundation |

New board members elected to Park City Performing Arts Foundation

Submitted by the Park City Performing Arts Foundation

As part of its ongoing organizational expansion, Park City Performing Arts Foundation (PCPAF) announces the appointment of five new members to its Operating Board of Trustees, including Greg Brown, Nancy Garrison, Donna Gruneich, Miles McGrane and Jenni Smith.

"After 12 years of presenting world-class performing arts to the Park City community, we’re expanding into the humanities, while still maintaining the original core of performing arts programming that marked our inception more than a decade ago," says PCPAF Executive Director Teri Orr. "The new endeavors dictated a new direction for the organization as a whole, so revising our Board of Trustees to include operating and community boards was critical to bring fresh ideas and resources to the table."

Two existing Board of Trustees members who will remain in their original roles are Karen Terzian and Board Chairman, Gary Barbour.

"With Park City Performing Arts Foundation moving into new and exciting territory, it was time to revise the mission of the organization as a whole," says Barbour. "The future of non-profits exists in meeting the demands of the community, and PCPAF is embracing that challenge by introducing humanities programming and new undertakings, such as the Mega Genius Supply Store/tutoring center we’re opening in late October."

PCPAF’s Community Board includes Bob Beer, Val Chin, Gary Cole, Franci Eisenberg, Katie Eldridge, Heidi Gatch, Stefani Kimche, Eileen Kintner, Meredith Parsons, Coleen Reardon, Faye Slettom, and Kelly Starkey. Recognizing that the new direction of the organization requires leaders with their fingers on the pulse of national trends in arts and humanities, PCPAF also announced the creation of a National Board, with charter members including Dick and Elsa Gary and Dr. David Gallo, Director of Special Projects, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Kelly Starkey and Dick Gary will also act as liaisons from the Board of Trustees to the Community Board and National Board, respectively.

"We’re excited to begin writing a new chapter for Park City Performing Arts Foundation, with big ideas and big plans, we hope to bring fresh and exciting opportunities to Park City and its visitors over years to come," says Orr.

The Big Idea "Curiosities" evenings

As PCPAF celebrates its 12th year, the organization has expanded its offering with the development of "The Big Idea." Modeled loosely after the concept of TED conferences, which "bring together the world’s more fascinating thinkers and doers," PCPAF’s The Big Idea salon evenings began last summer with an event at the SKI Magazine Dream Home in Deer Crest. Regional and national speakers entertained 75 guests in an intimate evening of exploration, which featured music, science, visual and culinary arts.

The second evening, "Curiosities," was held on March 7 at the Swaner EcoCenter and featured Atlanta-based artist L. Renay Kabus, Sundance Film Festival short-film filmmaker Jill Orschel, internationally-renowned marine biologist Dr. David Gallo from

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, a tasting and presentation from Park City’s High West Distillery, and culinary delights from Hell’s Backbone Grill in Boulder, Utah.

The most recent "Curiosities" event was held at the EcoCenter on Aug. 9 and featured Space Structures Analysis Manager or "Rocket Scientist" Tim Douglas of Alliant Techsystems Space Division; author/activist’journalist Terrell Harris Dougan; Eileen Dunn and Elizabeth Eckholt, chefs and owners of Done To Your Taste and Done to Your Health Catering; Tom Price, executive director of Black Rock Solar and partner in All Power Labs; Scott Whitaker, designer and inventor of the The Solar Saucer; David Perkins, founder of High West Distillery; and Dick Pomo of the United States Blind Golf Association.

PCPAF is cultivating a weekend-long "Big Idea" retreat which will draw visitors from outside the state who will "stay and play" in Park City, booking rooms in local hotels and eating in Summit County’s fine restaurants.

The Mega Genius Supply Store

In the tradition of the wildly successful Pirate Supply Store in San Francisco, Park City will soon be home to The Mega Genius Supply Store.

Based on the successful model of Pulitzer Prize winning author, Dave Eggers’ 826 Valencia program in San Francisco (as profiled in his 2008 TED prize) PCPAF is launching a retail store and tutoring center to help students in the specific area of literacy.

The center will be open four days a week after school, with tutors available for two to three hours for up to 50 students. The program will focus on ages 9 to 15. As the project expands, PCPAF hopes to offer in-class assistance and field trips.

Eventually, publications by students including screenplays, comic strips, short films, short story and poetry collections will be products sold in the retail store. Readings, signings and other public events will highlight these collections.

Dave Eggers points out that 35-40 hours per year of one-on-one tutoring improves comprehension and skills a full grade level. Another education icon, Sir Ken Robinson, often speaks to the point that creativity is as important as literacy. This project easily combines the two, offering students a safe and creative place without the pressures of a school environment to explore, learn and create.

Don’t miss another "Curiosities" evening or a chance to participate in the Genius Supply Store call (435) 655-8252 for more information.

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