Support strong for arts and culture at five-acre parcel

Data results have been released from Park City’s community meeting and survey surrounding the five-acre parcel previously cited as an arts & culture district. The Arts Council is grateful for the work that Park City and their consultants have executed thus far.

As reported at the Aug. 29 council meeting, we are certain that our community wants arts & cultural elements integrated into a mixed-use development including a home for Kimball Art Center, housing, transit, creative retail, local artist/maker spaces, restaurants, public art and outdoor pavilions.

Many of the mixed-use components prioritized during the recent public feedback process contribute to our local quality of life, support the creative economy (small businesses/creative entrepreneurs), and aid in the overall health of our cultural sector, resulting in the development of a vibrant gathering space and creative hub for our community. Indeed, a win! 

When we study the disbursement of cultural assets in our community, there are venues, organizations and creative businesses that deserve to be recognized as part of our cultural district — spanning from Main Street to the Eccles Theatre. This rich Park City corridor includes cultural amenities such as public art, restaurants and cafes, historic buildings, galleries, the Library, Park City Film, the Egyptian Theatre, Park City Museum, etc.

It’s something we should celebrate and define as an important asset in our mountain town, and continue to build upon as this five-acre parcel transforms into a dynamic hub that will contribute to community building, support economic diversification, and become an additive element to our larger cultural district. 

Art connects our community, and brings people together through shared creative experiences. We must continue our intention to create a community gathering space centered around arts & culture at this five-acre parcel, and be open to creative ideas as we engage in the next phases of the process.

Jocelyn Scudder

Executive Director, Arts Council of Park City & Summit County

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