Saturday, March 1, 2014

Sun Valley Center for the Arts Pushes Reset Button on New Location

Posted By on Sat, Mar 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Following 19 months of negotiations with the city of Ketchum and the Simplot Co., the Sun Valley Center for the Arts says the parties haven't been able to reach an agreement to build a new headquarters for the nonprofit.

"After much deliberation, The Center board and staff believe that further efforts are unlikely to yield results," said a statement from SVCA.

The Center had its eye on a large parcel of vacant land, owned by Simplot Ketchum Properties, across from the Ketchum Post Office, and The Center went as far as purchasing the lot at the corner of Second Avenue and Fourth Street from the Simplots. But after talks stalled, The Center is pushing the reset button.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that the SVCA will be holding a series of private meetings with other community arts organizations to discuss the needs of the arts community. They also plan to schedule a series of public forums to take comments about their future plans.

“The Center has seen tremendous growth in its programs and outreach in the last few years, so it is frustrating to not be further along in realizing a new facility,” Center Artistic Director Kristin Poole told the Mountain Express. “However, we are excited to reassess our needs and talk to community partners about reimagining a home for the arts that is a gathering place for the whole community. We are looking forward with great anticipation.”

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