Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Arts recognition is big news for Ketchum

    One of the best-kept secrets about living here has just been let out of the bag: Ketchum was named one of the top 12 best small towns for art in the country.
    What we all sometimes take for granted—our very robust arts and cultural scene—is finally getting the national attention it deserves, this time by a highly prestigious consortium of foundations, banks and federal agencies called ArtPlace (
    This is not insignificant news.  Ketchum is now recognized as being in the company of cities like Marfa, Texas, and Taos, N.M., whose international identities and local economies revolve around the arts, and make them go-to communities for art patrons from around the world. Yes, outdoor recreation is, and always will be, a major draw for our area, but awareness of the arts scene here is growing—and helping to attract visitors and new residents.
     We are incredibly fortunate to live in a community that continues to place such a high value on the arts.  As local arts advocates and presenters, we know that making the “top 12” list could never have occurred without this community’s substantial financial and volunteer support.  Nor could it have happened without the commitment of the city of Ketchum, which had the foresight five years ago to create the Ketchum Arts Commission to promote arts and culture.  So, kudos to all who have had a hand in nurturing and growing such a wonderful arts community here.
    And spread the news!

Claudia McCain
President, Ketchum Arts Commission
Sally Boettger
Executive director, Sun Valley Center for the Arts
Kristin Poole
Artistic director, Sun Valley Center for the Arts
Gail Severn
President, Sun Valley Gallery Association

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