Davis County Fine Arts
For more information: www.daviscountyfinearts.com
What is the Davis County Fine Arts Council?
The Davis County Fine Arts Council was incorporated in 1977 for the purpose of providing cultural and educational opportunities in the arts and to develop the cultural appreciation and talents of Davis County residents.
The Arts Council sponsors the Davis County Players, who produce a fall musical, spring play and summer children’s theatre production annually. The council also sponsors occasional variety shows, weekend movies, and visiting artists’ performances.
A subsidiary committee of the Arts Council, the Spectrum Center for the Arts, sponsors the Children’s Chorale and a Community Choir, occasional workshops in the arts for children and adults, and the Spectrum Artists, who organize frequent art exhibits in the Kay Burchette Cultural Center as well as local businesses. New endeavors include a Summer Shorts playwriting contest and production and a Plein Air event for working artists on site.
Spring Play: April 4-5, 2014 – “The Dixie Swim Club”
The arts council currently owns three buildings to support its cultural endeavors. Shortly after the organization was incorporated, the Arts Council purchased the Iowa Theatre and renovated it into a usable facility for movies and stage productions. The theatre underwent further renovation in the 1990s: roof — 1993; exterior walls — 1994; interior — 1995; new seats — 1998. Funding came from grants as well as from numerous businesses and individual donors and former residents. The present dressing room was built by the Arts Council after fire destroyed the original dressing room on that site. Again, grant funds were instrumental in financing this project.
In 2002, renovation of the building immediately south of the theatre was begun. This project was made possible by the donation of this building to the Arts Council by Demetri and Linda Gassoumis. More grant funds were secured to finance this project along with a major donation from the Kay Burchette family in her memory. The Kay Burchette Cultural Center is used for art displays, meetings, workshops, rehearsals and receptions.
The Arts Council is contemplating the construction of an addition to the Kay Burchette Cultural Center. The extension of this building to the east would serve as a dressing room for the Davis County Players and provide direct access to the backstage area of the theatre. The current dressing room is not well-insulated and provides no protection from the elements as actors make their way to the theatre in rain, ice, snow and summer heat. The current dressing room across the alley would then be used for storage of set pieces and props.
The Arts Council relies on movie and stage production proceeds for some of its funding. Additional funding comes from dues to the organization, donations, memorial contributions and grant funding. Donations are always welcome for purchases of stage equipment, facility renovation and construction, event sponsoring and more.
For more information on the Davis County Fine Arts Council, its activities and its needs, or to become involved, contact Lyle Stirling, 641-208-6012, firstname.lastname@example.org.