Salt Lake County hires Sundance veteran to lead Center for the Arts Division

Sarah Pearce. Photo: Salt Lake County

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah, May 11, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Salt Lake County has hired Sarah Pearce to be the managing director of its Center for the Arts Division.

Pearce most recently worked as the managing director of the Sundance Institute, which oversees the Sundance Film Festival.

“We’re thrilled that Sarah has accepted our offer to join the Center for the Arts team,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, in a prepared statement.

“As the largest single operator of arts and cultural facilities in the state, Salt Lake County is dedicated to serving local citizens and international visitors alike by bringing top-tier arts and culture performances to our community.”

Pearce brings more than 25 years of experience in non-profit arts administration, the county statement says.

“Sarah’s work is synonymous with excellence and a passion for all things artistic, from community theater to independent film,” McAdams said. “She’ll lead our team into the next era of arts and culture development and support.”

Salt Lake County Community Services Director Holly Yocom said Pearce brings more than 25 years of experience in non-profit arts administration leadership and large-scale event management. She has served on the Motion Picture Advisory Committee for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Park City Chamber Board and on the advisory board of Salt Lake Community College’s School of Arts, Community and Media.

“Everyone knows Sarah as an expert at operational strategy,” Yocom said, in the released statement. “She’s a Salt Lake County native who grew up attending local performances and performing on the Capitol Theatre stage with the Children’s Dance Theatre. She is also an innovator, as shown by her launch of London and Hong Kong film festivals.”

Pearce’s hiring follows the move of longtime CFA Director Phil Jordan into a new role with the county, as Cultural Planning and Project Director.

The Center for the Arts manages the performing arts venues of Abravanel Hall, the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre, the George S. and Dolores Dore’ Eccles Theater, the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Arts (UMOCA), as well as ArtTix and the county’s public art program.


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