Backstage at the Utah Arts Festival 2023: With Tree Utah as thematic anchor, Kids’ Art Yard will be a beehive of creative projects celebrating forests and trees

ART YARD (June 23-25, noon-9 p.m.) ‘Let me tell you about this tree. It was a rock-solid hardwood, three feet in diameter with a trunk magnificently embossed in rich gray tones, set in deep relief with an exquisitely interconnected skin of bark that was somehow both coarse and forgiving to the hand. The ash is … Read more

Backstage at the Utah Arts Festival 2022: A sure winner in this year’s Art Yard for kids: Dinosaurs!

When it comes to facts about dinosaurs, kids seem to know enough to suggest that they have already started down the bath of becoming budding paleontologists. In Utah, dinosaurs always are a trending topic. Geologists and paleontologists have developed a timeline spanning many millions of years while documenting the existence of more than 115 species. … Read more

Utah Arts Festival 2021: Creative Zone, Art & Technology, Urban Arts venues set for three full days of activities

Although a bit scaled back this year, the Utah Arts Festival’s Art & Technology, Creative Zone and Urban Art venues will have plenty of activities for patrons and their families. Creative Zone Open all three days between noon and 8 p.m., the Creative Zone this year temporarily replaces the Kids’ Art Yard, out of prudence … Read more

With technology, science, engineering, craftsmanship, Make Salt Lake stakes out several collaborative efforts in response to COVID-19 epidemic

As a major anchor in the makers’ community in terms of skills, professional expertise, scientific and engineering backgrounds and access to equipment capable of producing items that meet rigorous quality control standards, Make Salt Lake (MSL) has stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic to fabricate masks and face shields. And, in terms of their finessed … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2018: At the Art and Technology venue, everyone becomes a maker

The objective at Make Salt Lake is simple. Even if there are no detailed plans to make something, there is no reason to be dissuaded from a project. For example, Make Salt Lake’s Beth Sallay, the coordinator for the Art and Technology venue at the Utah Arts Festival, is not a musician but she wanted … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2017: Art and Technology venue a bustling shop of make-and-take projects

Last year, the Utah Arts Festival’s Art and Technology venue was a powerhouse of low-cost make-and-take projects that were simple enough even for children as young as five years. With encouragement from Make Salt Lake volunteers, kids made and took home more than 8,000 pieces including Brush Bots, light sabers, cyanotype prints and customized art … Read more

The top 10 of many fine moments in 2016 for the Utah Enlightenment

There were many fine moments this year for the Utah Enlightenment. In compiling the list of what I believe were the 10 best defining moments of Utah’s cultural awakening for 2016, the pool of choices was more than satisfying in breadth and depth. There has been a great deal of recent press, for example, about … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2016: Art and Technology venue operating with full head of STEAM

At this year’s Utah Arts Festival, the Arts and Technology venue has been running continuously on a full head of STEAM — that is, Art into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). At the heart of the nonstop activity has been the work of volunteers, including members of Make Salt Lake, Spy Hop Productions, ProVolt (the … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2016: Art and Technology venue puts the ‘A’ into STEM

Late last year, it took only a few hours for a social media controversy to erupt that would force the Old Navy clothing company to pull a line of T-shirts and sweatshirts which featured the tag “Young Aspiring Artist” with the word “artist” crossed out and replaced with “astronaut” or “president”. The controversy brought a … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2015: From battling Sumobots to music-making Beat Bots, there’s something for every DIY enthusiast

For DIY weekend warriors in the area, Make Salt Lake is fast becoming the go-to clearinghouse for adventurous makers who believe they can learn quickly how to make anything and everything. One maker, for example, who built a cigar box guitar also designed a flux capacitor using Arduino and some welding, scrapping and soldering. Turning … Read more