The City of Ketchum, Idaho has been designated as one of the Top 12 Small Town “ArtPlaces” in the U.S., putting it amidst the ranks of some of the most well-known art communities in the country. This award reflects the area’s large number of arts nonprofits and people employed in the arts, Ketchum’s vibrant gallery community, and the abundance of arts programming put on by groups like the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.
The designation was announced by ArtPlace (artplaceamerica.org), a highly regarded collaboration of leading national and regional foundations and banks and federal agencies committed to putting the arts at the heart of a portfolio of strategies designed to revitalize communities. The cities selected are all of populations under 100,000 and include such prominent arts communities as Marfa, TX and Taos, NM.
Ketchum’s Mayor, Randy Hall, said “We’re obviously very proud to be one of the communities included, as it validates the City’s commitment to and investment in the arts.” He pointed to the creation and work of the Ketchum Arts Commission, a city organization, as one example of initiatives recently undertaken to promote and enhance arts and culture in the community. “For a city of just 2,700 people, we are incredibly fortunate to have a very generous citizenry that actively supports the arts, both financially and through volunteer commitment.”
The Ketchum area is home to numerous nonprofits that focus on the arts, including, among others:
Sun Valley Center for the Arts St. Thomas Playhouse
nexStage Theatre Sun Valley Ballet School
Sun Valley Summer Symphony Boulder Mountain Clayworks
Sun Valley Artist Series Community Library
Wood River Arts Alliance Ketchum Arts Commission
Sun Valley Gallery Association
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