Kimball Art Center’s Request to Include Inflation Increases Rejected

Special Events staff will come back to the board with a final contract for the main festival license.

The council has agreed in principle to move forward with a 5-year contract to hold the three-day Kimball Arts Festival the first weekend in August on Park City’s Main Street through 2027.

Kimball Art Center Arts Festival director Hilary Gilson said they hope to increase the maximum amount the city will contribute to the festival from $140,000 to $180,000, to create a buffer over the next five years in case where something would happen.

“I just want to make it clear that we’re emulating the contract we had before,” Gilson said. “And we keep it at that higher number in case of spectacular jumps. Let’s say the salaries of police officers and firefighters, which I am in favor of increasing. But I also know that it would have a dramatic impact on our bottom line. Let’s say if we have a contract for $140,000 and it’s okay, you know, our municipal service fee is $180,000. It’s $40,000 that is withdrawn from our programming throughout the year.

The current contract caps the maximum amount the City will provide in service fees at $140,000. Including a 10% inflation buffer, that maximum could go up to $180,000 on the five-year contract.

But adviser Jeremy Rubell pushed back, saying it was difficult for him to allow 10% inflation.

“The $180,000, though, I’d like to first understand the delta, like what is the net impact that we can really have, which I know is difficult, but the real question is what would be our economic activity without the art festival on the same or similar weekend, Rubell asked. “And then I feel like I could probably be more informed about how much I’d be willing to spend on it. “

Rubell also suggested that instead of Park City being responsible for paying up to $180,000 to host the festival, the council could consider simply sponsoring Friday Residents’ Night Out — the night Summit County residents enter. for free – at a cost he estimated would be just $45,000.

“So I’m not saying it’s the magic number, but I’d like to kind of get to that level of analysis to say, what does the right number look like, and I appreciate all the other activities that the Kimball Art Center put. But I also want to keep those conversations separate. So if he comes back, if you don’t give us $180,000, we won’t go to schools and have no programs for kids. I would say, well, how much does it cost to go to schools and have children’s programs and should we deal with that under special service contracts perhaps rather than under an arts festival?

Council Max Doilney said he understands Rubell’s concerns, but if the council starts cutting out all the benefits for every special event fee request, it becomes a slippery slope.

“I understand wanting to tighten our belts a bit. But if that becomes the norm for all events, then we’re probably going to have board meetings all the time about the details, and it’s not our job to micromanage these things. I think you have to believe that they are a good partner. They provide services and they come to us every year and say, yes, we continue to do these things. And that’s why we give them a bit of a downhill path.

As a Main Street business owner, Councilor Tana Toly said she would like to see what can be done to keep people on Main Street after the festival closes on Saturday night.

“I’d like to see what we could do in the future by somehow getting a little more momentum on Saturday night. It’s becoming a bit of a dead zone for business, you know, this n It’s not the end of the world, or the end of it, but I’d just like to see something help keep the flow and excitement going on Saturday nights.