Community Projects

Community Projects and Partners

The Park City Performing Arts Foundation has had the pleasure of including an array of diverse, talented, even extraordinary artists in our outreach programs. Here is just a sampling of what the students in our community have experienced since 1998:

Bill Cosby (special student performance)

Lily Cai (Chinese Ribbon Dancing lesson for elementary students)

DinoRock (prehistoric musical performance for young children)

Bruce Wood Dance Company (one week of master classes for high school dance students)

Silly Scientific Circus (an educational and remarkably fun introduction to math and science for elementary students)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (master classes with dance students of all ages)

The Nuclear Whales (master classes for jazz students)

Ailey II (master classes)

The Mystical Arts of Tibet (Drepung Loseling monks’ creation of the sand mandala, plus week-long ceremonies open to the public.)

Michael Bacon (master classes for high school music students)

Sundance Films (PCPAF coordinates screenings for middle and high school students with special guest appearances in conjunction with the annual film festival)

The Neville Brothers (Hurricane Katrina evacuees were invited as guests to the New Year’s Eve show and reception)

Ballet West (student performance and interactive demonstration)

Mr. Brian and the Boppets (musical puppetry performance for elementary students)

Utah Symphony (performances for students)

Bob Berky (pantomime performance at Ecker Hill Middle School)

Children of Agape (South African choir performed Zulu song and dance for students k-12)

Kevin Turcotte & Mike Murley (master classes for PCHS jazz students)

Repertory Dance Theatre (interactive outreach performances for elementary students)

Playing for Change (rehearsal performance for 1,200 elementary through high school students)

Jeff Daniels (intimate discussion with theater and music students in the Black Box theater)

Toying with Science (Gary Krinsky got 60 elementary students involved in basic science when he traveled to North Summit Elementary School and Park City Day School)

Luna Negra (elementary, middle and high school students enjoyed a dance lecture and demonstration)

Turtle Island String Quartet (master class for middle and high school orchestra students)

Pilobolus (master class for dance students)

Ed Asner as FDR (lecture at a high school advanced placement government class)

Masters of the Fiddle (Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy give an hour-long master class to middle and high school string students)

Memphis Soul (legendary artists Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Lester Snell and Steve Potts opened their sound check to an audience of high school students)

Since 2004, the Big Stars, Bright Nights summer concert series has opened the doors to unique outreach opportunities. High school music students and tech program participants have worked and even performed alongside the likes of Chris Isaak, BB King and Mary Chapin Carpenter.


Community outreach runs the gamut, from free winter and summer concerts to open rehearsals for local service workers. Fire fighters, police officers and local restaurant staff were treated to a Los Lobos rehearsal. Visiting Hurricane Katrina evacuees were able to experience a New Year’s Eve concert with The Neville Brothers. The entire community has been invited to free films, concerts and cultural experiences. PCPAF presented free Wednesday-evening locals summer concerts from 2001 through 2006. These concerts served as important stepping-stones for young musicians who had been selected to open for more established bands as well as tech program participants who worked the sound. Over the years, the organization has arranged every type of free public event, from high-definition film screenings to Moose on the Loose and the Dogs of Bark City.

PCPAF also distributes tickets to an array of community organizations, so that those who need the lift that only the arts can bring are able to experience a live performance. Subsidized tickets are distributed to senior citizens, clients of The Peace House (a shelter for victims of domestic abuse), to the differently abled at Chrysalis and the National Ability Center, and to the immigrant, service-worker community through the Diversity Outreach Program, the Interfaith Council and The People’s Health Center. Tickets are distributed and discounted through less formal channels to service workers, city and county employees, educators and students.

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