Breckenridge Creative Arts (BCA), a multidisciplinary nonprofit organization responsible for the successful management of a series of programs, properties, and partnerships that collectively animate and populate a cultural corridor in the heart of downtown Breckenridge, announces today that Tamara Nuzzaci Park has been named president and chief executive officer. Park was appointed acting president in May 2021 and served as the executive director of Breckenridge Music (Breck Music) for the past six years.
Park joined Breck Music in 2015, following thirteen years of arts management experience at the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She received a Bachelors of Music in performance at Duquesne University and earned her Masters in Organizational Development from the University of Pennsylvania.
“Breckenridge has different needs today than it did in 2014 when BCA was formed to promote the town as a vibrant, year-round creative destination” says BCA Chairman Martin Inglis. “Tamara will guide the Board in evolving that purpose to meet today’s challenges while staying true to the values of our community and furthering the integration of BCA and Breck Music.”
During Park’s Breck Music tenure, she changed the organization from a traditional festival orchestra to a year-round, multi-genre music and music education provider. In 2019, Tamara advocated for a more effective means to deliver arts in Breckenridge, a concept that led to the BCA and Breck Music merger. This year, she reimagined the delivery of music and visual arts to the community through the innovative initiative known as AirStage. Moving forward, she will play a key role with community leaders and arts and culture organizations to strengthen the sense of Breckenridge as a creative mountain town.
“I am beyond thrilled to be chosen to lead Breckenridge Creative Arts,” Park says. “I believe BCA is well-positioned to thoughtfully rebuild the experiences that BreckCreate is known for, but with greater emphasis on serving our local community and visitors who are already here. It is exciting to have the opportunity to curate multidisciplinary programs that illuminate environmental themes, juxtapose contemporary concepts with the historic backdrop of Breckenridge, and invite collaboration between audiences of all ages and cultural backgrounds.”
Park has cultivated a number of strategic partnerships with cultural organizations across the Rocky Mountain region, from Vail Dance to Z2 Entertainment. Prior to her time in Summit County, she supported a $65 million capital campaign and served the core team that oversaw design development and construction of a new dining, residence and program facility at the Curtis Institute of Music in historic Center City, Philadelphia. She previously served as Executive Director of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and began her career as Orchestra Personnel Manager of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Kennedy Center’s Washington National Opera.
Tamara and her husband, Jin, met on a camping trip in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and moved to Summit County to cultivate a mutual passion for mountain life. The Parks enjoy spending time with their six-year-old daughter, Mia, and can often be found backcountry skiing, hiking, or floating along the Colorado River with their loyal mutt, Gauge.
ABOUT BRECKENRIDGE CREATIVE ARTS Established in 2014, Breckenridge Creative Arts —or BreckCreate for short—was developed by the Town of Breckenridge to support and promote arts, culture, and creative experiences throughout Breckenridge. This multidisciplinary nonprofit organization is responsible for the successful management of a series of programs, properties, and partnerships that collectively animate and populate the creative corridor in the heart of downtown Breckenridge. For more information, visit breckcreate.org.