Arts Council


The Arts Council organizes engaging cultural events to promote community interest, involvement and education in the arts.

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 “Fiddler on the Roof”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “Cinderella”, “The Music Man”, “Shrek, the Musical”, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “Annie”.


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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The Cottonwood Heights Arts Council is a group of passionate people who believe that the arts are vital to maintaining a healthy and happy community.

The Arts Council welcomes anyone who would like to join and help bring new and innovative art experiences to our neighbors of Cottonwood Heights.

The council's liaison is Cottonwood Heights Arts Council Production Manager Kim Pedersen. Her role is to work closely with the city and Arts Council to facilitate meetings and plan events the council sponsors each year.


Becky Henriksen, Arts Council Chair

BeckyBecky 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."

Shelia Armstrong, Vice Chair

SheilaSheila 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.  

Jannalee Hunsaker, Secretary

HUnsakerJannalee Hunsaker  joined the Arts Council in July 2015.   With a deep love for music, she studied piano, voice and theater.  She brings to the council theater experience, with credits as Maria in West Side Story, Kim in Bye Bye Birdie, Guys and Dolls, The Sound of Music, and A Night on Broadway.  Her musical experiences include lead singer in a band, vocal coach, piano teacher and music composer. She continues to pursue her love of music by performing in a women's trio, established over 24 years ago.  She has lived in Cottonwood Heights since 1992.  She is married and has 3 sons and a beautiful daughter in law. She loves living in Cottonwood Heights and is excited for the opportunity to be an advocate to promote, strengthen and connect our community through a variety of inspiring artistic avenues. 

Bill Armstrong, Member

BillBill 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 OzFiddler 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. 

Elise Hogan, Member

EliseElise 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.

Felecia Christiansen - Member
FeleciaFelecia is a new resident to Cottonwood Heights.  She is a Graduate Gemologist and a Certified Gemologist Appraiser. She has owned and operated several businesses and is a national award winning jewelry designer. She has served on the board of directors of the Intermountain Jewelers Association and is a Senior Charter member of the National Jewelry Appraisers Association, and the American Gem Society. Business has taken Felecia around the world and she has enjoyed the wonderful people she has had the pleasure to meet and work with along the way.  She is also an artist and has written and published art instruction manuals as well as been published in magazines such as Artists digest, Artists Workbook and Better Homes and Gardens  She will say that her greatest joy and accomplishment are her 7 children, 35 foster children and her grandchildren. She is very excited to serve on the board of the arts council and help in anyway possible to bring the arts to a larger part of our community. 

Katy Mitarai - Member
katyAs a communications 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.

NielsenNatalie Nielson joined the Arts Council in 2017 after participating in the summer musical, Annie, where she played Grace Farrell. She began performing on stage as a young child growing up in Columbus, OH.  After graduating from college with a degree in theatre, Natalie worked for a professional theatre for a short time before moving to New York City.  Shortly after that she decided to start a family but has always made time to cultivate her love for theatre arts by performing when she can and even directing a production at Heritage Theatre Company.  She moved around the country before settling in Cottonwood Heights in 2015.  Her hobbies include Yoga, Crossfit, food and weekend time with her husband and three children.

Want to get involved? Join the Arts Council? We Need You!
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Need YouOne 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 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 arts 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 contact Kim Pedersen at for more information. We’re sure there’s a place for you in our awesome group.