Name: Kristie Henderson
Years in Park City: 9
Business: Kimball Art Center, Membership and Volunteer Director
Years on Main Street: Park City Kimball Arts Festival is currently in its 44th Year
1. About the Kimball Art Center
In 1976, the late Bill Kimball opened the Kimball Art Center’s doors for the very first time. In a letter to the editor dated December 1976, he shared his dreams about the role the Kimball Art Center might play for future generations. He wrote, “I hope the art center will enable them to fulfill themselves and enrich their lives beyond the necessity to make a living. Park City’s first phase was the opening of the mines; the second was the beginning of the resort. Perhaps the third phase will be that the center can provide the opportunity for each person to expand his interest in the arts. I hope so.”
Arts enthusiast Bill Kimball – along with support from members of the Park City community – transformed the dilapidated garage into a non-profit community center for the visual arts. Since that time, the Kimball has served art lovers in the Park City area by providing top quality exhibitions and events. Today the Kimball, which stands at the literal center of a year-round resort community, plays host to world-class events. A non-profit center for the arts, committed to engaging individuals of all ages in diverse and inspiring experiences through education, exhibitions and events.
2. About the Kimball Arts Festival
The Kimball hosts the Park City Kimball Arts Festival – Utah’s original, longest running visual arts festival and among the top ten Arts Festivals in the West – attracting over 57,000 people. This year we have over 200 artists representing 31 states and Canada in 12 different mediums. This is our largest fundraiser of the year and the proceeds from admission sales allow us to offer our world-class exhibits, gallery tours, and Art Talks free to the public all year.
As the largest three-day event in Park City during the summer, we work year-round to come up with innovative ways to create a multi-sensory experience for all of our patrons, festival events include:
- Local Utah artisans showcase their locally made food items at the Top of Main Street.
- Taste of Art invites Park City restaurants to offer special deals to Festival attendees.
- Concession areas, food vendors and three beer gardens for adults.
- Mountain Town Stages schedules live music on three stages throughout the weekend.
- Live demonstrations including Chalk Art, Soul Poles, and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) truck at the Top of Main Street.
- Lululemon provides free yoga classes at the Sky Lodge hotel on all three mornings of the Festival.
- The kids’ area of the festival, located on the lower patio of the Art Center, offers several hands-on art projects including face painting, a scavenger hunt, and a KSL broadcast booth!
- Festival After Dark offers many things to do during the evening hours of the weekend, including a free screening of the Sundance hit Muscle Shoals and a live performance from Muscle Shoals featuring Darlene Love presented by the Park City Performing Arts Foundation at the Deer Valley amphitheater.
All in all, the festival brings about $14M to the Park City economy including lodging, restaurant sales, performance tickets, and more. For more on How to Fest, including hours, parking and more visit Park City Arts Festival.
3. Describe Historic Park City in 5 words.
Engaging, Inspiring, Visually pleasing, Relaxing, Reminiscent
4. What is your favorite time of the year in Park City? Why?
Summer of course! The Arts Festival is the busiest weekend in Park City, rivaling Sundance in terms of visitors. The energy is addictive; the weather is beautiful and everything is green!
5. Top 3 Historic Park City businesses and why?
We are so fortunate to have the Kimball in our small town. To have free access to world- renowned artists right in our back yard is truly remarkable. The art classes offer an escape from the world and a place for us to expand our creative thinking.
Dolly’s because despite the technological advances, there is nothing more relaxing to me than browsing a good old-fashioned book store. The staff is friendly and can help you find anything you need.
Egyptian Theatre, the building is old and beautiful and the performances are diverse and contemporary. The youth theatre is also amazing!
6. Anything else you would like to share?
It takes over 400 volunteers to run the festival, and without their hard work and dedication over the years, we would not be able to host the festival or keep our doors open to the public for free. Thank you to our volunteers, sponsors and members for their continued support! Our events, exhibits and education continue to grow and expand with your help!
For more information on the Kimball Arts Center or the Arts Fest please visit: