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Alta Arts Council

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts & Humanities Councils & Agencies, Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Visual Arts

Mission: Alta Commmunity Enrichment (ACE) is a non-profit organization that creates opportunities in the community for individual and group participation in arts, cultural events, and education.

Results: The history of cultural activities created and sponsored by community volunteers of Alta dates back to the mid-seventies. ACE began in 1995 when community members recognized the need for professional coordination of these successful grassroots events. That same year, the Our Lady of the Snows Center building was completed and identified as a venue for ACE. A very successful season of programming during the winter of 1996-1997 catalyzed the formal organization of ACE. In 1997 our organization was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Since inception ACE has served as the Alta Arts Council by offering quality and diverse events and programs for free or very little cost at all to its attendees. ACE now offers year round programming.  Our events range from The Wildflower and Snowflake Festivals, Welcome to Winter Slide Show, Cinematography Show, Art Shows, Art Instruction, Dance Instruction, Avalanche Education, Natural Health Education, Live Music, Music Instruction, Childrens Art Classes, Childrens Dance Classes, Culinary Craft Instruction, Community Potlucks, to name a few! ACE highlights local artists and educators from Alta and the Salt Lake Valley. We work closely with the Utah Avalanche Center, Cottonwood Canyons Foundation, US Forest Service, the Town of Alta, Alta Historical Society and Friends of Alta. We also interact weekly with Alta’s one room public school, establishing new programming that will help further enrich the lives of our local children.

Target demographics: Alta is composed of creative, active families, seasonal and year round employees, professional athletes, artists, and guests who choose to stay, recreate, or visit in Alta and Little Cottonwood Canyon. The Town of Alta’s population can fluctuate between 300 in the summer to 3,000 in the winter season. The majority of our population base is in low to moderate income as determined by HUD standards; many live in small employee quarters and have limited transportation to get to the Salt Lake Valley. The families live in caretaker apartments, condos and single family homes. Our community does extend to the Salt Lake Valley; many who recreate in our town have come to consider Alta as their home.The Jordan School District opened a one room school in Alta in 2002, it is housed at the Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge, ranges from K-8th grades with about 17 children.

Geographic areas served: Salt Lake County

Programs: Various art/cultural events were held during the year that enriched the community of alta

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

Alta Community Enrichment truly does enrich. From adventurers showing their amazing feats to dancing lessons to providing an outlet for your imaginative artistry, ACE is a vital asset to the Town of Alta. I love going to the events because I know I will definitely learn something new and also have a chance to catch up with friends. Brazilian dance has by far been the most enjoyable. It's an incredible day, ski at Alta all day, break for some drinks and food, and head up to the ACE event to give your hips a good shaking. Just this past summer 2008, I learned about how to make my own cleaners that are safer for your home environment. Each time I make a new cleaner I'm reminded how lucky I am to have the option to participate in these events. ACE has opened my eyes to a healthier lifestyle. I am grateful for the opportunities ACE has given me and for the stronger bonds it has helped me create with the people in my community.


Board Member

Rating: 5

Currently I serve as an advisor on the board (no voting capacity) As one of the founding members of this group back in the mid-90's I am overjoyed by it's sustainability. I specifically choose to remove myself from the board & activities with it for a few years 2000-2004ish. My aim was to see what kind of ability the developing group had to withstand the challenges of surviving, on it's own. Truly an entity of it's own without my efforts, that the community as a whole was helping to shape and provide for its' existence. It is so viable and has met my fledging attempts & desires of its' inception. I am thrilled to witness it's progress thru many challenges. I am honored by the efforts of those who serve, board, volunteers & paid staff. The executive director, Sara Gibbs is outstanding & performs her job well with the right mix of approachability & professionalism. The atmosphere is fun & inviting with a diversity of events that this community responds well to. It is wonderful to see a non-profit succeed and stay on target with their mission.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ACE is a great organization that brings the community together. Events for all ages and genres. In a time when the economy is having hardships - it is nice to have free high quality events available.