Founded in 1971, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts is the oldest arts organization in central Idaho’s Wood River Valley. The Center has grown from a few people presenting classes and events to an organization that serves more than 40,000 attendees a year (in a valley with a population of 22,000).
The Center is recognized nationally for its unique multidisciplinary programming. The Center’s visual arts, performing arts, and education & humanities directors work in tandem with the artistic director to develop three or four multidisciplinary projects a year that explore timely themes and topics from multiple perspectives. Recent projects include: Thin Ice: Journeys in Polar Regions, Awkward Stage: Adolescence and Identity, The Literal Line: Minimalism Then and Now, Water, and Farming in the 21st Century.
In 2006 The Center received accreditation status from the American Association of Museums in recognition of its adherence to the highest standards of operation and programming. Only five percent of America’s arts and cultural institutions share this distinction.
The Center’s main gallery and offices are in Ketchum. In addition, The Center operates a location in Hailey to better serve the needs of the growing population of southern Blaine County. The Hailey location consists of a historic house that was the birthplace of Ezra Pound and a newly built, state of the art, freestanding classroom.