Enriching our community through transformative arts and educational experiences.

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The Center’s mission is “to enrich our community through transformative arts and educational experiences.”

We do this by

  • Providing excellence in the visual arts, performing arts, education, humanities, and theatre
  • Planning programs collaboratively across disciplines about topics of interest to our community
  • Enhancing education in the schools through these topics and by brining professional artists, musicians, writers and thinkers to the schools
  • Enhancing life-long learning through classes, lectures and workshops
  • Creating opportunities to have shared experiences through the arts
  • Serving a broad spectrum of the community
  • Supporting the creation of new works by artists in a wide variety of mediums

Founded in 1971, the Sun Valley Center is the oldest arts organization in the Wood River Valley. It was the brainchild of Bill Janss – then owner of the Sun Valley Company which runs the resort and ski area, who believed that the arts are fundamental to a balanced life and that this resort community would never be a whole community without a vibrant arts and cultural component.

The Center began with that philosophy in mind, and in the subsequent 40 years, the Center has grown from a few people presenting classes and events on an “art campus”, to an organization that serves over 39,000 people a year, 25% of whom are children.  In 2006 The Center received Accreditation Status from the American Association of Museums in recognition of its meeting the highest standards of operating and program performance.

In 2005 The Center expanded to a second location in the town of Hailey to better serve the needs of the Valley’s full time residents.

In 2012 The Center merged with Company of Fools, an award winning professional Theatre company that has been based in Hailey Idaho at the Liberty Theatre for 20 years.

Center News

Congratulations to The Center's 2017 Scholarship Recipients!

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts has awarded over $800K in scholarships over the past nineteen yea... Read more →

Company of Fools Theatre Announces its 22nd Season for 2017–2018

Company of Fools proudly announces its 22nd season, featuring four main stage productions, two play ... Read more →

Company of Fools holds auditions for its 22nd season, April 15!

As Company of Fools gears up for its 22nd season, the Company invites local performers of all ages, ... Read more →

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