Sun Valley seeks
art center feasibility study
Express Staff Writer
of an arts center in Sun Valley is still playing in the minds of many in
the upper valley, but so far, only the city of Sun Valley has contributed
money to making the dream come true.
has already donated the land for an arts center, a five-acre parcel
adjacent to Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church on Sun Valley Road.
city council again found itself alone at its meeting Thursday when the hat
was passed around for the dream¾ this time for a feasibility study.
the council did not approve spending the estimated cost of between $30,000
and $35,000, council members agreed to let Dan Pincetich, the city’s
general manager, put the proposed feasibility study out for bid.
already spent $7,500," Mayor Dave Wilson said, on an initial study by
Aspen architect Harry Teague.
Harry Teague Architects, has not only designed performing arts buildings
(the Benedict Music Tent and the Harris Concert Hall in Aspen), but Teague
himself has experience in drawing art communities together for funding art
section of his study titled "What’s Next," Teague recommends a
professional feasibility study be done in order to lend "credibility
to the project as a whole, reassure the potential donors, and help us plan
the right numbers of seats, etc."
feasibility study would be to evaluate which of the art community’s
needs could be met by an arts center.
include office space, classroom space, theater space, studio space for the
performing and visual arts, auditorium space, storage space and parking.
would also document which of those facilities already exist in the area.
Teague wrote in his initial study that "unnecessary competition
between facilities" is the worst potential of a new arts center.
recommends that "at the appropriate time" responsibility for the
project should be taken from the city and turned over to an organization
"made up of members with the appropriate areas of expertise, levels
of enthusiasm and wisdom, and prominence in the community."