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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Humanities, Performing Arts, Public Transportation Systems

Mission: We enrich community by providing innovative experiences that entertain, educate & illuminate.

Target demographics: residents, visitors, students and under-served populations

Geographic areas served: Park City & Summit County, Utah

Programs: We believe arts and ideas matter. We are continually seeking ways to serve our community by bringing arts and ideas into as many lives as possible. We bring performing arts from the international stage to the Park City stage at the Eccles Center & Deer Valley Resort, for the illumination of residents and visitors alike. This season alone, we will present One Republic, Bernadette Peters, Garrison Keillor, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, more. We give tickets to the underserved. 20% of our audiences are subsidized, including: senior citizens; students; more. We bring our nationally recognized performers into the classroom to mentor and inspire our local students and their teachers. We provide free, after-school, one-on-one, literacy tutoring at the Mega-Genius Supply Store & IQ HQ, inspired by Dave Eggers’ 826Valencia.org. We gather the thinky people in the community for illuminating experiences like TEDxParkCityYouth, TEDxParkCityWomen & Curiosities curated salon-style evenings.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This organization should stay with the arts. Its sponsorship of the Edward Snowden show was disgusting. I did attend in person. No money going here!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and patron of the Park City Performing Arts Foundation/Park City Institute since it's founding in 1998. My husband and I are sponsors of the Park City Insitute because of the quality and diversity of the programming, the organization's commitment to arts education in the schools and the inclusivness of its programming and community outreach. I joined its Board of Directors and now serve as its Chair because of the organization's sustained and demonstrated commitment to the arts and the Park City community.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Park City Institute is a wonder! It is one of those organizations that has something for everyone. I have gone to both summer concerts and Main Stage shows at the Eccles Center for years, but then recently found out that they offer free tutoring as well as a number of other programs dedicated to youth and enriching our community through the arts. What is most unbelievable to me is that they do it all on a shoe string budget and a tiny handful of employees. I proudly became a board member this past year and am dedicated to continuing and improving the mission.

Review from Guidestar

robinwhitney

Donor

Rating: 5

The commitment that I, along with my husband and our business, have made to this organization over the past two years has been sizable. My life has been tremendously enriched by all of the experiences I have had because of Park City Performing Arts Foundation, and I can only imagine the positive impact on the thousands of my fellow citizens as well... who have been sitting alongside me in wonder and thoughtfulness and awe at the amazing TEDxParkCity and Curiosities (to which I am hopelessly smitten and addicted) and all the inspiring performances at the Eccles Center and Deer Valley. I have been introduced to things that have expanded my mind and heart and consciousness. I believe in the power of live performance and live interaction to change the world, and to lead people in positive and productive directions. It's more than just entertainment. It's the illumination that is magical. I urge you to participate, to donate and to connect with all of the ideas in all their forms that spring from this one organization. It's really remarkable.

Previous Stories
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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the PCPAF in many capacities for many years. As a patron of the arts, I have attended and enjoyed so many excellent arts events they have put on I can't even count them all. Our town would not be the place it is without the opportunities that this organization provides to see, feel and experience such exceptionally high quality performing arts programs. As a active community member, I have attended numerous fundraising events sponsored by PCPAF which have been thoroughly uplifting to me as a person. The Curiosities events are wondrous, and I heartily look forward to seeing where PCPAF's vision and gumption take them in building these curated events and "The Big Idea." Most recently as an in-kind donor, I have had the pleasure to work closely with the PCPAF team on branding and launching the Mega-Genius Supply Store & IQ HQ. This team not only works wonders at conjuring up so much from nothing, but they are smart-cookie strategic thinkers too. All in all, this is a rave review. As for constructive criticism, I wish they were able to have more frequent performances, events and gatherings so that I could soak up more inspiration.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I made a promise to myself to get out more this summer and HAVE FUN! I bought tickets to five different concerts last summer; sometimes just one for myself, sometimes two or three to share with friends. The music was fantastic, the atmosphere was amazing, but what really surprised and thrilled me was learning about how PCPAF works with the local schools to expose the kids to all kinds of the performing arts. It made my decision to attend these concerts even better knowing that some of the money goes toward showing young people what their future can hold. Looking forward to the winter schedule!

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Donor

Rating: 5

From helping organize and implement the construction of our Performing Arts Center, to bringing "ecclectic" performances to Park City, to reaching out to students and underserved folks, creating a summer concert series and now the fabulous "Genius Store" PCPAF has been an incredible asset to the community of Park City/Deer Valley since its inception. The Eccles Center is truly Park City's "front porch" and both risidents and guests benefit throughout the year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with PCPAF from the beginning. I have been involved in the volunteer program--I set up the original program and ran it for a few years.It is an incredible organization ---bringing arts to the schools and the community

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Having been fortunate enough to be a part of this organization since the premier season, I've seen first hand how PCPAF has touched and improved the lives of all the people in this community. Students, the hispanic community, local organizations, our senior citizens and religious organizations are among the groups that benefit from activities supported by PCPAF. The amount of outreach in the arts our students receive is first rate. From music to dance, from speakers to Sundance films, our children have the opportunity to see and participate in the performing arts on a very personal level. Many of our underrepresented residents have the opportunity for complementary and reduced price tickets for events. PCPAF staff make sure to include various other nonprofit organizations on a regular basis. Many children have the opportunity to have their first music or dance recital on stage because of this wonderful facility. The Catholic church is able to provide Christmas Eve mass to over 2,000 locals and guests. Funeral services, films, lectures, and community service meetings are held here on a regular basis. This requires the efforts of PCPAF staff to organize, prepare, and attend these events at great effort on PCPAF's part. The PCPAF board, staff and volunteers are famous for their efforts. I am proud to be a part of such a fine organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the small town arts organization with a big city agenda ... that delivers. Living in Park City offers such a unique lifestyle and one of its greatest assets is our access to cutting edge performances offered by the Park City Performing Arts Foundation. The sheer joy of seeing unique acts in our state of the art theater in the winter is rivaled only by the opportunity to see live music under the stars at beautiful Deer Valley resort in the summer.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As someone who grew up in the community, I can tell you that the addition of the Park City Performing Arts Foundation, nearly 15 years ago, has greatly improved our small town. They have always had a strong focus on bringing the arts to the community, not just through the performances on the stage, but through an amazing commitment to student and community outreach. Now, they are expanding their outreach to address the need for after school literacy tutoring for at-risk students. The ability of this organization to identify and work to solve the challenges facing our community, and provide more than just a stage for artists to perform on is truly unique. I am excited to see what else they bring to Park City.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been very lucky to work with this wonderful organization. Everyone works together and supports one another, which is especially important with such a small staff.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization that caters to a wide cross-section of the community and brings people together. Park City Performing Arts Foundation has first class staff and volunteers and serves a diverse group of patrons.