It all started in 1995...

When community members recognized the need for professional coordination of grassroots events in Alta, Utah. That same year, the Our Lady of the Snows Center building was completed and identified as a venue for ACE. A very successful season of programming during the winter of 1996-1997 catalyzed the formal organization of ACE. In 1997 ACE was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since inception ACE has served as the Alta Arts Council by offering quality and diverse events and programs for free or very little cost at all to its attendees. In 2004, the first Executive Director was hired and a second staff member, the Programming and Marketing Director, was created.


ACE offers 70+ year-round programming in our stimulating mountain environment. The events are varied and include the Wildflower, Snowflake and Mountainfilm Festivals, Welcome to Winter Slide Show, Local Music and Artist Shows, Avalanche Education, Mental Health Awareness, Children's Art in the Mountains, to name a few. We also provide monthly yoga, dance and art instruction. Many of our events are inspired by input from local artists and families.

We are very proud of our Alta School Outreach Program, which establishes new arts, cultural and educational programming at our one room public school located in Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge in Alta. Since 2007, ACE has granted over $36,500 in funds to community members for Art, Culture, Education, Entrepreneurial and Community Service Grants. ACE has supported fiscally the start up and second year of Alta Radio, a community based radio to serve Little Cottonwood Canyon and beyond with music, news, weather and canyon reports. ACE’s Community Support Program has supported Utah Avalanche Center, Our Lady of the Snows, installed a bike repair stand and has supported an outdoor public art mural created by a local artist. We also honored the memory of Adam Naisbitt & Donald Brantley, two Alta community members who committed suicide in 2017, due to these deaths ACE has created a Mental Health Awareness program for the community.

ACE highlights and utilizes local artists and educators from Alta and the Salt Lake Valley. We work closely with the Utah Avalanche Center, Cottonwood Canyons Foundation, US Forest Service, the Town of Alta, Alta Ski Area, Alta Environmental Center, Alta Historical Society and Friends of Alta. There are nearly 100 volunteers that work with us throughout the year.

What We've Achieved...

  • 501c3 nonprofit status in 1997
  • 75 + year round programs to over 5000 people annually
  • Events offered for free or very little cost to attendees
  • Highlights and utilizes local artists & educators
  • Offer 4 grants to support local artistic, cultural, educational and community endeavors
  • Support Alta Radio
  • Alta School Outreach
  • 13 years of the Alta Gala
  • Snowflake Festival
  • Wasatch Wildflower Festival
  • Wasatch Art Soiree
  • Welcome to Winter
  • Endowment with Utah Community Foundation


ACE has been the recipient of numerous grants including the National Endowment for the Arts, Utah Arts Council, the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Fund, George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Rocky Mountain Power, Utah Division of Arts & Museums and the 2002 Salt Lake Cultural Olympics. Additional Funding is received from the generous contributions of community members, foundations, and in-kind donations.