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What is The Center?

Almost two decades ago, Center for the Arts was created to provide a permanent home for Jackson Hole’s many unique arts and cultural organizations. Many of The Center’s Resident Organizations have long histories, including Art Association of Jackson Hole (60+ years), Dancers’ Workshop (50+ years), and Off Square Theatre Company (25+ years). 

Prior to the establishment of Center for the Arts each of the 20 Resident Organizations were on their own to find space to run their programming and hold performances. The Center was designed with a wide variety of arts and cultural experiences in mind, from performing arts on the stage to visual art installations and art classes for community members of any age. 

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The Center’s main goal is to continue to provide and care for the state of the art campus in downtown Jackson. We offer performance space in The Center Theater, Black Box Theater, Amphitheater, and Center Park at heavily discounted rates for Resident Organizations and other non-profits in the region. Our Resident Organizations also lease offices and dance, music, and art studio space at The Center. With all of the spaces we rent to non-profits, our goal is to provide affordable access to excellent facilities for our arts community. 

In addition to this focus, The Center books artists, musicians, speakers, films, and comedians for The Center Theater, gallery spaces, and outdoor venues to ensure that the campus is activated every week of the year with enriching programming from farmers markets to the Jackson Hole art fair. Many of the acts that you see on The Center stage are brought in by The Center staff to activate our space outside of the dates our Resident Organizations utilize it for theirperformances. 

You can learn more about The Center’s mission in our About Section and read about past and upcoming collaborative productions between The Center and its Residents below. 

Resident Collaborations:

With 20 arts, cultural, and educational organizations, collaboration is a natural pillar of life on The Center Campus. The Center staff’s experience booking and producing for nationally known performers allows us to collaborate with Resident Organizations to provide excellent programming in their areas of expertise. 

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Recent collaborations have included:

Music Mondays in partnership with KHOL. Music Mondays is a regional and local free concert held three times each summer highlighting musicians and bands from around the state. This partnership with KHOL aligned perfectly with their mission to support local and independent music and The Center’s goal of providing a variety of accessible programming for all in Jackson. 

The Center and Off Square Theatre Production presents Manual Cinema: Leonardo! A Wonderful Show about a Terrible Monster. This Emmy Award-winning multi-faceted performance for children was outside of the financial budget for both organizations. Both organizations jumped at the opportunity to partner on the costs to provide this unique live-action puppet and projection show to The Center for local families. 

Center for the Arts and Off Square Theatre also collaborated bringing live comedy to The Center stage with the Second City Comedy troop. Answering the local call for quality live comedy shows and offering yet another opportunity for our organizations to work together to provide unique programming to locals and visitors alike. 

Finders Keepers by Patrick Dougherty. Center for the Arts and Jackson Hole Public Art partnered in 2022 to bring internationally-renowned sculptor, Patrick Dougherty, to The Center in the summer of 2022 to create a one-of-a-kind public art piece that will reside on The Center’s campus for up to five years. Creating a unique space for our community to come together and enjoy art and the environment of The Center campus.