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

The Center Receives Recommendation for National Endowment for Arts Grant

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is proud to announce that it has been recommended for a grant fro... Read more →

Christine Davis-Jeffers promoted to Chief Operating Officer

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that it has promoted Christine Davis-Jeffe... Read more →

2016 Arts & Crafts Festival Applications Now Available!

Artists are invited to apply for the 2016 Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival, to be held <... Read more →

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