The mission of the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council is to enrich the lives of residents by providing engaging cultural events and educational opportunities which foster creativity and passion for the arts within the community.
Past events sponsored by the Arts Council include literacy and photography contests, an Art Show, community concerts, children's theatre productions, and our growing community theatre productions. Past shows include "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," “Fiddler on the Roof,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Cinderella,” “The Music Man,” “Shrek, the Musical,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” "Annie," and “Big, The Musical.”
Many events are held at the Cottonwood Heights Theater located at 7530 S. 2700 East. The theatre is located inside Butler Middle school and events are not associated with the school.
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MEET THE ARTS COUNCIL
Whitney Dodge, Interim Chair
Whitney Dodge has lived in Cottonwood Heights for the past five years and is a mom to two little boys. Before motherhood, she worked for ten years as a civil drafter, drawing bridges and road plans for many projects here in Utah. She loves design, art, and attending local events (her favorite being Butlerville Days). She joined the art council because she believes that supporting local art and creativity contributes to a higher quality of life, and promotes city pride and community. Whitney also enjoys gardening, snowboarding, and creating whenever she gets the chance.
Shelia Armstrong, Treasurer
Sheila Armstrong’s first contact with the Arts Council was when the youngest of her six children were approaching their teen years. She had resolved to be a “fun Mom” even though she was getting older, so they all auditioned for Cottonwood Height’s Wizard of Oz. The family has also been on stage and backstage in Cinderella, Fiddler on the Roof, and several church productions. Sheila sings with Mountain Jubilee Chorus and Salt Lake Harmony Singers, and dances with the Clogging Grandmothers. She has lived in Cottonwood Heights since 1981 and been very involved in PTA, School Community Councils, and other volunteer work. Her interests include photography, calligraphy, travel, and reading. She has enjoyed serving on the Arts Council since 2014.
Bill Armstrong, Member
Bill Armstrong has lived in the Cottonwood Heights area for over 30 years. He and his family have been enthusiastic participants in numerous community productions, including Cottonwood Heights' The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof, and Cinderella (where he appeared as the King). He has also been a volunteer at Cottonwood Heights’ Butlerville Days. For the past 18 years, he has sung in the Salt Lake Harmony Singers community chorus where he is known for his deep bass voice. During the day, Bill works as a software engineer for Rockwell Collins, specializing in computer graphics. Bill has been a member of the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council since 2014.
Erin Blome, Member
Erin Blome, originally from Wisconsin, has been a Cottonwood Heights resident for almost three years. Erin has been involved in theatre since she was in elementary school. Her love of the arts continued to inspire her and she went on to college at Carroll College majoring in Theatre Arts. In the theatre, Erin loves all aspects of the theatre and what goes into the production including both on and off stage jobs.
In Wisconsin, Erin was a high school English and theatre teacher along with running her own drama program producing three main stage production and one competition play. She has won awards for her One-Act plays including Best Director, Critics Choice, and All-state. Additionally, Erin had been on the Board for the Alliance for Wisconsin Theatre Educators for 5 years. Erin’s passion is for the arts. Erin has two children and currently works part-time along with volunteering often at her children’s elementary school. She is excited to get involved in the Arts Council and give back to the community.
Joy Henrichsen, Member
Joy has been a resident of Cottonwood Heights for over 30 years. She graduated from BYU with a degree in elementary education. She taught 5th and 6th grade both locally and in Manhattan Beach, California. Her principal in Manhattan Beach, noticing her bulletin boards, asked her if she would teach art during the summer enrichment program. She is a mother of 4 children and grandmother to 8. She has encouraged them to develop their artistic talents. A son and a grandchild have received scholarships in theater arts programs. She feels that art enrichment is crucial to having a vibrant and productive community. She is excited to assist in enriching the arts programs in the Cottonwood Heights community.
Becky Henriksen, Member
Becky Henriksen is currently the chairman of the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council. She has been on the Arts Council for the past 4 years and has enjoyed working to promote the arts in our community. She was born in Salt Lake City, raised in Calgary Alberta Canada, studied theatre at the U. of U. and BYU and received her BA degree in Theatre and Cinematic Arts from BYU. She has performed and directed in several theaters around the valley most recently at the LDS Conference Center and also here at Cottonwood Heights. She has been involved with, and directed many productions in Cottonwood Heights, including Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, Music Man, and last summer was Yente the Matchmaker in the production of Fiddler on the Roof. She has 6 children, 18 grandchildren, and enjoys spending time with them. She is a firm believer that all forms of art, i.e. dance, music, fine art, and theatre, can enrich and bless our lives."
Elise Hogan, Member
Elise Hogan has been with the Cottonwood Heights arts council for 6 months, our newest member. She has resided in Cottonwood Heights for 14 years. She loves everything the city between the canyons has to offer. Elise's love for the arts began during her middle school years. Where she was actively engaged in music and drama classes. Now she hopes to share that love for the arts by helping to give back to her community. She is especially excited to help the youth get involved in the arts. In her free time, you can find Elise playing with her two children, gardening with her husband or reading a good book.
Karen Kendall, MemberKaren Kendall is originally from Michigan, where she began creating art as a young girl. She currently is creating large abstract/representational landscapes using oil, and employing a textural, bold technique that uses striking color and design. Karen has been a resident of Cottonwood Heights since 2003 and has been employed as a high school special education teacher for 30 years, having retired just this year to focus on her art and to get more involved in the arts community. Karen has shown in galleries and exhibits, participated in the Kimball Arts Festival, commissioned paintings, and has donated work for fundraising events.
Katy Mitarai, Member
As communication and political professional, Katy Ballenger Mitarai spent 15 years in Washington, DC working in politics, news media, and the non-profit world. Katy was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve in his administration and during that time, she worked for Vice President Cheney traveling the globe ensuring the messaging of his events was successful. She also served as the Senior Advisor to the Small Business Administration where she was instrumental in women in business White House initiatives and also the federal strategic disaster plan to assist families and small businesses during crises. Later, Katy was asked to join the Department of State as the Director of Public Affairs in the Protocol Office. While there, she worked closely with Washington's Diplomatic Corps, the West Wing and was in the Oval Office on a weekly basis. When not working in politics, Katy freelanced at Fox News Channel and had her own consulting business working with several non-profits in the Washington, DC area. One of her biggest clients was the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation and Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s Community of Caring. Katy is a graduate of Brigham Young University and lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and three daughters. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and youth events. Katy enjoys acting and singing and playing in the mountains. She currently serves as a Trustee of the board for the Days of ’47 and also is on the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council.
Laura Williams, Member
Laura Williams was born and raised in Holladay, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in elementary education and then started raising three children. When her children were young, art projects were taught and done daily. She enjoys taking photographs of anything from small bugs to large landscapes. Recently she has been the photographer for a book with the Red Fred project. Laura has been a student at The Peterson Art Center on and off for 7 years. The last 4 years she has focused on oil painting. She paints anything having to do with nature especially birds and trees. Laura can mostly be found in her yard where she enjoys her vegetable, fruit, and flower gardens. Laura has been a resident of Cottonwood Heights since 2013 and loves this city between the canyons. Laura joined the art council because she believes art is an essential way to enrich the human experience and wants to help see more of that in the community.
Laura Bischoff Garcia, Member
Laura Bischoff Garcia has always loved visual art, music & literature. She is especially interested in how art influences communities and allows different cultures to communicate and share through stories, songs, and other artistic expression. While growing up in Scottsdale, AZ, Laura had the opportunity to serve on the Scottsdale Youth Cultural Council at the Scottsdale Arts Center, and display art in several art shows in her community and school. She earned her B.A in Art from Westminster College in 1997, along with a B.A in English, with a minor in music. Laura become a professional trainer in the financial industry for many years, served on the Midvale Arts Council & volunteered at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts with her Grandmother. After starting a family, she went on to earn an M.A in Teaching from Westminster College, and has taught in private and public schools. She has served on several school community councils while raising her 4 children, and currently serves on the Brighton High Community Council. She recently moved back to Cottonwood Heights with her husband and their blended family of 7 children! They love being close to the mountains, enjoying hiking and skiing together as a family, and love the views from their home office while working on their IT business. Laura is thrilled to serve on Cottonwood Heights Arts Council, and looks forward to assisting the council in bringing a variety of art experiences and opportunities to the Cottonwood Heights community.
Want to get involved? Join the Arts Council? We Need You!Click here for an application and get started
One of the things that make life in Utah so enriching is the abundance of artistic talent in our state. It’s no different in Cottonwood Heights, where many talented artists and devoted patrons of the arts live and work.Cottonwood Heights has a rich, vibrant community of people who love the fine arts, theater, music, photography and other forms of artistic expression. While the opportunities to earn a living as an artist may be few, we know there are many folks who aspire to express themselves through the canvass, stage or other venues.Perhaps you’ve been involved in the arts earlier in life through a school play, religious music recital, or college art classes. Maybe you’ve had experience on a stage crew or helped with technical aspects of theatrical productions. Perhaps you are an avid consumer of the arts and are often drawn to plays, concerts, and exhibits. Possibly, you are also looking for a way to get involved in your community.We need you. We need your talents, your enthusiasm, your life experience and especially your desire to make a difference.Serving on the arts council as a member or a volunteer is a great way to promote the arts you love and help enrich the lives of all our neighbors. It doesn’t take a lot of time, either. The arts council meets monthly to plan and deliver arts projects in the city. While these events happen year-round, the biggest opportunity for involvement comes in the months prior to the city’s annual summer musical, presented at the end of July and into early August. If you’d like to serve on the arts council or as a volunteer, you can fill out an application here, or email email@example.com for more information. We’re sure there’s a place for you in our awesome group.