Alta Community Enrichment Embraces Change

The COVID-19 pandemic has had its share of unintended consequences, but one mountainous community is finding creative ways to confront the challenge of self-isolation. 

Since the start of the pandemic, Alta’s tight-knit community discovered ways to stay socially connected in safe and socially-distant ways through Alta Community Enrichment (ACE) events. 

At the onset of the pandemic, ACE was the first organization to shut down its operation in Alta, canceling arts, culture, and education opportunities in the small town. By the end of May 2020, it had to cancel 44 community events. However, the organization embraced change and was there for the community creating new events in short order and learning new platforms to host these events.

The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offered over 100 successful arts, culture, and education opportunities that enhanced its community wellbeing. These events were offered both virtually and in small in-person events. They included a virtual holiday art sale, a coloring book that local artists created drawings for, live streaming music, Instagram for kids art tutorials, and many more community-building activities.

“I want to thank you for all that you are doing to bring the community together during this time,” said Iz LaMotte, Alta community member. “I am grateful to have found a home in the west that places such a high value on art and community and feel the love of how you support our community’s artists.”