BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Clipper Staff Writer
BOUNTIFUL — Bring a little bit of the world into your home.
The Bountiful/Davis Art Center is still looking for families willing to host the dancers and musicians coming to this year’s Summerfest International, set for Aug. 7-10. This year’s performers come from countries such as Chile, Lithuania, Netherlands, Martinique and Taiwan, and all are ready to share their cultures and learn about ours.
“It’s an exchange,” said Emma Dugal, executive director of the art center. “It creates a lot of goodwill, not only with the performers but their culture as a whole.”
More host families have volunteered to step forward than in previous years, which means that only 12 more performers are still looking for homes. Each family who volunteers agrees to take on two performers, providing them with a place to stay, three meals a day, and local transportation.
“They’ll be here for about a week,” said Dugal. “Families don’t need to speak the performer’s language in order to volunteer. They can still communicate.”
Though the monetary savings are a factor, Dugal said that the main reason the art center uses the host family program is to give performers a more immediate taste of local culture.
“Summerfest adds a unique experience to the lives of families by letting them become ambassadors for Utah,” said former host volunteer Barbie Landshaw, in a statement released by the art center. “It’s so much fun to have guests from other countries in your home. You can gain lifetime friendships and pen pals.”
It can also provide a valuable life lesson to children who are only familiar with the world found in their elementary school.
“It’s great for kids,” said Dugal. “It broadens their understanding of the world and acceptance of people who are different.”
For further information about host families or to volunteer, call the art center at 801-451-3660.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity,” said Dugal. “We (at the art center) call it a wonderful way to experience the world without leaving the county.”