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 currently hosts 75+ year round arts, culture and education events for free or very little cost to an average of 5,000 people annually. Our events are diverse enough to bring out folks of all ages, and no experience is required to participate in any event. ACE maintains small class size that enables an intimate environment where participants have access to one-on-one instruction. Our events include, but are not limited to, the Wildflower and Snowflake Festivals, Mountainfilm Tour Stop, Live Music, Welcome to Winter, Alta Kid’s Day, Alta Earth Day, Alta Biathlon, Women’s Arm Wrestling as well as monthly yoga, dance and art instruction. Some examples of art instruction: printmaking, painting, calligraphy, culinary arts. ...as you can see we like to keep it very diverse. ACE’s art programming is hands on, where each participant goes home with instructions, recipes and a finished product. Our culinary arts program in the summer has included events such as, How to make Marshmallows, Biscotti, Tortillas, Indian Cooking and Homemade Cheese.
The ACE Grant Program started in 2007 with the Artist Grant. Currently, ACE has grants $4,500 annually to community members for Art, Culture, Education, Entrepreneurial and Community Service Grants. The Education and Entrepreneurial Grants are in memory of Bill Lennon, one founder of ACE. We are very proud of our Alta School Outreach Program. Since 2009 ACE has established new arts, culture and education programming at our one room public school located in Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge in Alta. ACE has supported Alta Radio, a community based radio to serve Little Cottonwood Canyon and beyond. 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 died by suicide in 2017 by donating to National Alliance of Mental Illness. Upon seeing the need, ACE has committed to increase mental health awareness within in our community and began a Mental Health Program in November 2018.
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
- Began Mental Health Program 2018
- Alta School Outreach since 2009
- Alta Gala since 2006
- 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.