Get to Know Your Local Art Center!
Standing in BDAC’s bright and spacious main gallery at 90 North Main Street, it’s hard to fathom how much this art center has developed since its inception more than 40 years ago. By the early 1970s, southern Davis County had matured from the sparsely populated small towns the pioneers and ranchers founded into a well-manicured, suburban haven still dotted with orchards and boasting friendly neighborhoods and good public schools. Therefore, in 1974, Bountiful City and the University of Utah collaborated to establish the Bountiful Davis Art Center to meet this flourishing community’s need for a local art center. The BDAC became a nonprofit organization in 1984. Three location moves later, in 2015, Bountiful City graciously remains the art center’s most significant supporter and enthusiastic champion, providing the beautiful facility that is now BDAC’s permanent home.
BDAC’s Mission statement reads: To engage the community through quality artistic and cultural programs, provide educational experiences, and encourage the growth and expression of art. The art center achieves its mission via its unique programming and events including free-to-the-public art exhibitions featuring the finest artists in the state; professionally taught art and theater classes for children and adults; free Family Art Nights held monthly; affordable recital space featuring the only dual-piano stage in Davis County; and free musical concerts and events including the area’s largest folk arts festival, Summerfest International.
Celebrating its 31st year in 2018, Summerfest International Art & Folk Festival engages the entire community in a multicultural celebration. This free weekend event is held the first week in August at Bountiful City Park. Hundreds of visitors flock to its evening kickoff party, Street Dance, on Main Street. Here they enjoy dining on international food and meeting (and dancing with!) traditional folk performers from all over the world. Thousands more head to Bountiful Park for the next three days to experience live music and dance performances, ethnic food trucks, artist booths, and fun! Summerfest promotes education, appreciation, and understanding of cultures from across the globe.
BDAC is having a positive economic as well as a cultural impact on Davis County. BDAC’s beautifully rehabilitated historic facility on Bountiful’s Main Street is a prime example of creative redevelopment in this downtown area. By drawing thousands of new visitors and adding an essential new anchor to its north end, the Art Center has helped restore Main Steet. In 2016, over 40,000 people from the county, state, and beyond visited the art center and participated in its events. These guests also frequent the area’s businesses and restaurants, spurring shopping and dining in the area and increasing interest in the delightful goods and services Main Street has to offer.
BDAC’s Community Standards
Bountiful Davis Art Center reserves the right to refuse a submitted work of art for exhibition or refuse to collect any piece of art it believes does not uphold community values. When necessary, the Board of trustees, in consultation with the Executive Director, may determine if a work is broadly offensive or inappropriate. Additionally, BDAC believes that there is beauty in the undraped human figure when tastefully depicted through art.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, BDAC does not involve itself in political or religious dialogue or present sides in these areas. However, BDAC honors individual artists' right to tell their stories or express themselves about these topics through their artwork.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to everyone at Bountiful Davis Art Center. BDAC is a safe space for marginalized communities, including people of color, indigenous, disabled, and the LGBTQIA+.
We acknowledge that a statement will not correct the issues marginalized groups face. However, BDAC will continue to engage in conversations about how we can constantly move forward and ensure that our community and world will be a better place. BDAC has united with companies and community groups across the state in the Utah Compact on Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. We encourage others to join us in this effort.
Equity: This means creating conditions and opportunities for everyone to reach their full potential.
Diversity: The practice or quality of including or involving people from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds and different genders, sexual orientations, etc.
Inclusion: The practice or policy of providing equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized.
Thank you to our generous sponsors for making all of this possible:
Bill & Connie Timmons Foundation
Programs of BDAC are made possible by donations from the City of Bountiful, the Nellie Mathis Endowment, George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Bank of American Fork, Barlow Family Foundation, Bill and Connie Timmons Foundation, Woods Cross City, Centurylink, IHC LDS Hospital, Merrily and Morris Kulmer, Sorensen Legacy Foundation, Jewel Lee Kenley, Jean and Dale Madsen Family Trust, W. Mack and Julia S. Watkins Foundation, Joleen and Don Willey Family, Davis County, a donation in memoriam of James A. Collier, XMission, Jon and Lenore Bouwhuis, Zions Bank, and through annual contributions from BDAC members. BDAC is also supported by the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts.