State of the arts smackc

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"We’re growing, not going,” says Kimball Art Center (435.649.8882, kimballartcenter.org) Executive Director Robin Marrouche. The future of Park City’s beloved visual arts non-profit—including its exhibits, classes, and signature summer festival—is on solid ground, Marrouche confirms. Yes, ownership of the Kimball’s building at 638 Park Avenue has changed hands. But no, the iconic cultural hub is not abandoning Park City.  

Programming continues in the center’s original home through September 2015. The Kimball will move operations to its temporary locale at 1401 Kearns Boulevard later that same month, where it will reside for approximately three years while a new art center is designed and built. Exhibits will run, as scheduled, through late August; the Park City Kimball Arts Festival, which drew close to 60,000 attendees last summer, returns to Old Town with 210 juror-selected artists; and the educational offerings, from day camps and plein air painting classes to partnership programs with the National Ability Center and the intensive in-house Young Artists Academy, are, as Educational Director Amy MacDonald puts it, “robust.” 

The long-term plan is a bit more of a work in progress, but the focus, says Marrouche, is solidly on programming and meeting the needs of a growing community. (Over the past six years, the Kimball went from serving 35,000 people annually to 125,000.) Though she cannot speak to the specifics of the new space, Marrouche indicates that expanded access to the visual arts is on the horizon. The new Kimball Art Center may include an oft-requested digital art lab or a sculpture garden and increased room and technology to house bigger and climate-sensitive exhibits; education will continue to evolve with creative demand. Thanks to a burgeoning population, the blank canvas of a yet-to-be-built art center comes with a palette of possibility. “The appetite for the arts is growing,” says Marrouche, “which is all we ask for.”  

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