Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Park City Performing Arts Foundation DBA Park City Institute

Entertaining, Educating and Illuminating

aka Park City Institute

Park City, UT


To enrich community by providing innovative experiences that entertain, educate & illuminate.

Notes from the Nonprofit

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'

We gather the thinky people in the community for illuminating experiences like TEDxParkCityYouth, TEDxParkCityWomen & Curiosities curated salon-style evenings.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Teri Orr

Main Address

P.O. Box 1297

Park City, UT 84060 USA


performing arts, arts in education, student outreach, humanities, music, dance, speakers





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Performing Arts (A60)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The Park City Institute is addressing the need for all Summit County residents to have affordable and accessible access to the performing arts. Art is a great connector and an attribute of a thriving community. Whether enjoyed on a stage or through the pages of a book, sharing an artistic experience is a conversation starter, providing a platform to exchange ideas and inspire creativity, We believe everyone should have access to the best of the performing arts, which is essentially a reflection of our culture and is in itself an education. In a community that is 78% second home owners and 25% Latino, we are widely varied. Affordability and accessibility is critical.

Our programs

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Community and Student Outreach

The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts

St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Concert Series

Mega-Genius Supply Store and IQ HQ



Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our goal at the Park City Institute is to bring nationally and internationally known musicians, speakers, dancers, and other performers to its state-of-the-art 1300-seat theatre located in Park City, Utah. To meet our mission, "Entertain, Educate and Illuminate," we will continue to pursue our goal of creating a pathway to the performing arts for all Summit County residents, the undocumented, underserved, aging, veterans, students, teachers, working class, and the rest. We would do this by increasing the variety of performers, the frequency of performances and the timing of the events to accommodate various schedules and lifestyles of our community.

Over the course of 22 years, the Park City Institute has built solid relationships with agents and artists and are able to book performers who Entertain, Educate and/or illuminate from the stage. We will maintain these partnerships and develop others as these relationships keep us current to which artist are "hot" or "up and coming" in the world. We will continue to grow our donor and sponsor base through advertising, connecting through our relationships, and doing what we do well--presenting high level performances with exceptional customer service. As a nonprofit with a goal to make the arts accessible for everyone, we have gained the trust and respect of Donors who financially support the organization. Patrons purchase sponsorships and underwrite shows. In addition, we apply for grants, hold a yearly fundraiser, seek out performers who are willing to participate in outreach programs, and build connections in the community to help reach the right audiences.

We are small, lean and and not so mean organization. We're resourceful, creative problem-solvers (in our minds, anyway) and love what we do. We are driven to do what we do well because we will be answering to our neighbors and friends. We look for solutions. We're tap into our amazing pool of 100+ volunteers to execute our mission as there are thousands of details behind the scenes of what we produce. Living in a small community that expands and contracts with tourist seasons, has forged new relationships with those visiting who enjoyed a show, then became regulars, then major Donors. Some relationships with Donors span decades. Consistency to excellent programming and commitment to outstanding customer service keeps loyal patrons.

We measure progress by the conversations generated by the artistic performance. If patrons talk about their experience, be it positive or negative, we know the performance made an impact, and we think that is progress. People don't talk about things that don't matter. We look for responses on social media, in the local coffee shops, and on the radio and in the newspaper. Time and time again we hear from patrons that they learned something new, changed their mind, didn't know they liked dance, or whatever it may be. This is progress. This is expanding one's mind and making connections, either with someone else or to something within themselves. We are also interested in student outreach. When local students are dancing with the best of New York dance companies, magical things happen. While we can't say those students will ultimately make their way to a New York dance company, we can say the experience was unique and inspiring. It's written all over their faces. Other methods to measure progress include calculating ticket sales, writing grants, and fundraising abilities, all important aspects to being a successful organization. Our dedicated group of Donors and Sponsors builds each year and our team of volunteers is exceptional, some having volunteered for 15 years.

The Park City Institute has brought to the stage Bob Woodward, Jodi Kantor, Anne Lamott, Pink Martini, Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen, Monica Lewinsky, Anthony Romero, Jessica Lange Dance, Bill T. Jones, Parsons Dance, Grace Potter, Brothers Osborne, Punch Brothers Taj Mahal, and National Geographic Live to name only a few of the performances over the course of two decades. We have held countless student outreach programs with dance, musicians, spoken word poets, and speakers. The outreach programs or residencies are small group gatherings with students and artists/speakers/performers and have included Parsons Dance, Monica Lewinski (cyberbullying), Sara Kaye, and David and Nic Sheff of Beautiful Boy. The Institute has held a one of a kind student outreach with Edward Snowden's robot before he spoke! Filmmakers in the Classroom is a collaborative project between the Park City Institute and Sundance Film Festival and is unique to this particular place and our nonprofit. There is not another program with filmmakers from Sundance who share their short films to local students during the festival and are present to discuss filming and story telling in an intimate setting. We have lead support for TEDx events (women, youth, global). We coach students with their TEDx Youth talks over the course of weeks to months, videotape their talks, send to TED for approval and then they are uploaded to the internet. Currently we have over 300,000 views of TEDxYouth Park City talks. We've been told that teachers across the country use these talks with their classroom. What's next? We look to art movements across the nation and dream of creating big experiences in smaller spaces. We wish to build upon our intimate evenings, we call Curiosities, that engage people in conversations with speakers. Art connects us all and we think it matters in all its forms.

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