For some of Davis County’s largest arts groups, there’s mostly excitement along with a healthy eye on the bottom line. Some have big changes in store, such as Rodgers Memorial Theatre’s transformation into CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, while others such as the Bountiful/Davis Art Center (BDAC) are focusing on continuing to provide art to the community in the still-hampered economy.
“We want to enhance the quality of life for everyone who comes into the arts center,” said BDAC Executive Director Emma Dugal.
The group is focusing on maintaining their current programs in the face of lowered donations and sales, though they’re also hoping for a little growth.
“We’ve had to get very creative,” said Dugal. “We’ve found ways of saving and being resourceful without having to dig too deep.”
Rodgers Memorial Theatre, which has recently become CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, already has a lot on its plate for the new year. The company is in the process of moving into the Davis Center for the Performing Arts, where they will start their 2011 season this coming February.
“Right now we’re focusing on just getting the move done,” said CenterPoint president Glen McKay. “But our goal is to put on great productions that people want to come see.”
The Davis Arts Council (DAC), which is based in Layton, also has some changes planned for 2011. A new chamber concert series will move the action down to the Kaysville Tabernacle, and the DAC plans to open an art gallery in the Davis Conference Center at the end of the month.
“We’ve literally been working on this since the day I started at the arts council,” said DAC Executive Director Kirt Bateman.
All three groups expressed gratitude for the donations, volunteer efforts, and community support that allowed them to get where they are currently and will help them meet their future goals.
“We want the community to be part of the process,” said McKay. “We want them to be part of this new phase of the theater.”