For Immediate Release:
June 18, 2019
Kimball Art Center Has Big Plans for 50th Annual Park City Kimball Art Festival
Title sponsor Intermountain Park City Hospital helps ‘free the Fest’ for Summit County locals
Park City, UT – Named a “can’t miss summer festival” by Smithsonian Magazine, the award-winning Park City Kimball Arts Festival is prepared to celebrate its 50th anniversary with new activities, experiences, artists, and partners.
This year’s Festival takes place August 2nd – 4th on the town’s historic Main Street, and thanks to the support of the event’s title sponsor, Intermountain Park City Hospital, as well as long-time sponsors Zions Bank and Strong Auto Group, and newcomers Promontory Club and Deer Valley Resort, Summit County residents will enjoy free admission all weekend long.
“We’re thrilled to be able to free the Fest for those who call Summit County home,” noted Kimball Art Center executive director, Jory Macomber. “This benefit is only possible with the support of our sponsors, and they all deserve a heartfelt thanks for recognizing the critical role art plays in our community.”
The perk is limited to Summit County primary residents only and a valid photo ID proving residency is required to claim a free wristband, which allows admission for the entire duration of the Festival.
“We wanted to thank our community for supporting us over the past five decades and recognize such a momentous anniversary,” add Jory. “But the Park City Kimball Arts Festival is also the largest fundraiser of the year for Kimball Art Center, and entry fees allow us to provide art access and education throughout the year. We are incredibly grateful to our sponsors who are covering the cost for Summit County locals to enjoy the Festival all weekend.”
Lori Weston, CEO of Park City Hospital, says sponsoring the Festival aligns with the hospital’s goal of helping people live the healthiest lives possible. “I chose to invest in Kimball Art Center because I believe in the healing power of art and I know access to art education and engagement are critical to the overall health and wellness of a community.”
In addition to this new benefit, there are a number of other exciting happenings planned for this year, including a public exhibition showcasing 50 years of the Arts Festival inside the Rockwell Room at 268 Main Street, a Sunday brunch where guests can mingle with select Festival artists, and, for the first time ever, VIP passes are available for purchase.
While this year’s Festival has a lot of new and exciting changes, one thing will remain the same: juror-selected, innovative artwork. This year, over 1,000 artist applications were received, setting a new record. Of those, 220 artists were selected by a blind jury and invited to participate. A total of 13 mediums will be represented at the Festival.
Canice Harte, Kimball Art Center event manager, says other Festival staples — live music, gourmet cuisine, and more — are also planned. “The ever-popular kids’ area, where the littles can channel their inner Picasso and the adult version of this — Studio on Main — where participants can create unique pieces of art to take home, will be back,” he noted. “And, I’m happy to say Vida Tequila will again be mixing Mexican Mules for those over 21, with proceeds going to Kimball Art Center.”
To save money and time, those who don’t live in Summit County are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online. Tickets are just $12 for adults and $5 for kids when purchased before the Festival. Adult tickets increase to $15 at the gate. Those who live in Summit County and are eligible for free admission must still register online in advance. All ticketing information, as well as a complete list of Festival activities, artists, and more is available at: ParkCityKimballArtsFestival.org.
Complimentary media passes are available for members of the press who wish the cover the event. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ABOUT THE KIMBALL ART CENTER
Kimball Art Center is a nonprofit organization that has inspired and connected the Park City community through art since it was established in 1976. It is located at 1401 Kearns Blvd in Park City, Utah.
Additional Festival sponsors include: The Utah Office of Tourism, Summit County Restaurant Tax, Summit County RAP Tax, Park City Municipal Corporation, Park City Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Mountain Power, St Regis Deer Valley, and Fox 13.