Davis Arts Council Mission
The mission of the Davis Arts Council (DAC) is to enrich and strengthen our community through the power of the arts.
Davis Arts Council Vision
The Davis Arts Council's vision is to be an exemplary community arts organization recognized for presenting high quality artistic programs that are accessible year round to the entire community.
Davis Arts Council Values
In pursuing our mission and vision, DAC is guided by these values:
History of the Davis Arts Council
- Excellence. The programs, artists, and performances we present are among the most acclaimed and sought after in their genre. They inspire us through creativity, originality, and the propensity to expand cultural perspectives.
- Accessibility. Our programs are uniquely accessible to our community. In terms of financial accessibility, they are generally affordable and in many cases free. In terms of physical accessibility, they are close by, with good parking options and/or access to public transportation and are considerate of differently-abled persons.
- Fiscal Sustainability. We operate deficit-free with stable, predictable, and diversified streams of funding. We are ever considerate of the future as we make fiscal decisions today.
- Diversity. We present a wide range of programs, representing multiple genres and appealing to a broad range of backgrounds. We also strive to present programs that appeal to adults awhile simultaneously introducing the youngest members of our community to the arts.
- Inclusiveness. Our overarching goal is to foster a sense of community and belonging among our patrons, similar to the experience of sitting on a front porch on a summer's evening with friends and neighbors passing by.
In 1979, the mayor of Layton asked a group of community-minded citizens to begin a program of cultural activities that would make the arts accessible to a wide spectrum of citizenry. At this time, the free Sunday night concerts in the park were started as well as a few isolated cultural programs at the local high school.
From those humble beginnings—first known as the Layton Arts & Humanities Council, Inc.—the Davis Arts Council (which changed its name in 1998 to better reflect the communities it serves) has now evolved into a fully operational and professional organization. Davis Arts Council (DAC) is now offering a wide variety of artistic and cultural opportunities for residents of Utah’s northern Wasatch Front (Davis and South Weber Counties).
Believing that culture and creativity are primary building blocks of civilization and are vital to human happiness and social progress, DAC, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, works on behalf of its constituency to foster excellence, diversity, and vitality in the arts. DAC’s basic mission is to connect people with the power of the arts to strengthen the community as a whole.
Independent of Layton City, a volunteer board of trustees along with a full-time executive director and two part-time staff (along with hundreds of volunteers) run the Davis Arts Council.
In 1995, the arts council partnered with Layton City, private donors, and business sponsors to build the beautiful Edward A. Kenley Centennial Amphitheater. Acquiring this venue, inaugurated the first of DAC’s successful Summer Nights with the Stars season, offering a variety of extraordinary ticketed performances. Free Sunday Night Concert Series; Free Wednesday Night Movies; Arts in the Park, a partnership for children with Layton City; Active Stages, our education program; theatrical productions, and adult and children’s educational/cultural workshops help round out the artistic offerings provided to the community by DAC.