Friday, February 13, 2009

Salt Lake County Cultural Facilities Master Plan

I received an email this evening from Salt Lake County requesting comments on the recently released draft of the Salt Lake County Cultural Arts Master Plan.

SL County Announces Public Meetings
On Cultural Facilities Master

The Salt Lake County Center for the Arts has scheduled a
series of public meetings to find out what the public thinks about its draft
Master Plan for Cultural Facilities. The 84-page draft plan is posted on line at

“As our county continues to grow,
facilities to house cultural events become a key factor in community planning,”
says Mayor Peter Corroon. “That is why Salt Lake County embarked on a countywide
Cultural Facilities Master Plan as a tool for future County support for
development of arts and cultural facilities serving our

The meetings will feature a brief overview of the draft
plan followed by a question and answer session. Comments will be taken in
person or on line, and will be considered for inclusion in the final report, due
for review by the Salt Lake County Council in late March.

current timeline calls for the final draft to be presented to the Council for
approval April 7, 2009.


East Planning Area
Olympus High School, Art Space
South 2300 East, Salt Lake City

Wednesday February
25th 6:30-7:30pm
Southeast Planning
South Towne Exposition Center, Meeting Room 200A
9575 South State
Street, Sandy

Thursday February
North Planning Area
The City Library, Conference Room B&C
lower level
210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City

Monday March
Southwest Planning Area
Riverton Library, Meeting
12877 South 1830 West, Riverton

Thursday March
West Planning Area
West Valley Library, Meeting Room
West 3650 South, West Valley City

The draft documents are at the following links:

My favorite part of the master plan is on page 35:

One particular project in the West Planning Area meets a need to serve the
emerging arts scene and population of Magna and the surrounding areas. The
proposed Empress Theatre expansion and renovation could serve the community
arts needs of the West Bench and form the nucleus of an arts district. The
Empress Theatre has rapidly developed as an active provider of programs and
has met with singular success. The leaders of this organization have
demonstrated a strong commitment to revitalize both an historic facility and
the surrounding downtown district. The Empress Theatre project
is included as a Master Plan Project.

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