Mission and Vision

The mission and history of the Davis Arts Council

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

To be Utah’s premiere multi-disciplinary arts organization.

Davis Arts Council Values

In pursuing our mission and vision, DAC is guided by these values:

  • Inclusion: We seek out and welcome everyone in our community as patrons and friends.
  • Excellence: We exceed expectations in every regard.
  • Variety: We create programs and present artists that expand our patrons’ horizons.
  • Joy: We bring happiness to the lives of those who walk through our doors.
  • Inspiration: We demonstrate and invite others to create a better world through the arts.
  • Fiscal Responsibility: We operate within our budgets and maintain accountability to our sponsors, donors, staff, patrons, and community.

History of the Davis Arts Council

The Davis Arts Council (DAC) was founded in 1979 and has grown steadily to proudly serve the Northern Wasatch Front as the largest community-based, arts-focused non-profit organization in Davis County.  DAC’s mission is to “strengthen and enrich our community through the power of the arts.”

The heart of our mission rests on a starry summer night at the Edward A. Kenley Centennial Amphitheater (the Kenley Amphitheater), which we consider to be the “front Porch” of Layton City and northern Davis County.  Each summer, DAC’s “Summer Nights with the Stars” season of music, theatre, and dance brings an eclectic mix of local, national, and international performers right to the “front porch” of Layton City and northern Davis County.  Performances have included the incredible talent of Olivia Newton-John, Foreigner, Chicago, The Beach Boys, Huey Lewis & The News, Wayne Brady, Three Dog Night, Styx, Josh Turner, Ryan Shupe & The Rubberband, Indigo Girls, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Terry Fator, Rita Moreno, Melissa Etheridge, Thompson Square, and so many more.

As accessibility is a key component to fulfilling our mission, DAC presents many free programs and services as well, including our Free Sunday Night Concert Series, Free Friday Film Series, Active Pages, Active Stages, Snow Horse Visual Art Galleries, Chamber Music Series, Insomnia Film Challenge, and Senior Stages.  We then conclude our programmatic year with a holiday celebration of music we like to call “DAC the Halls.”

The Davis Arts Council’s vision is to be an exemplary community arts organization recognized for presenting the highest-quality artistic programs that are accessible year-round to our entire community.

We hope you’ll join us as we gather…explore…and celebrate the arts in Davis County.