Salt Lake City’s homegrown DIY Fest and Craft Fair celebrates its 5th event, and first year as a full blown non-profit organization and host of the inaugural Sumobot Competition. August 9-10 at the Gallivan Center in Downtown SLC, the event features artistans, vintage vendors, engineers, and craft food specialists.
One of the first episodes of The Beehiv featured the community developers at the Granary District and the high hopes they had to revive their cute, industrial corner of the city. Who would have imagined that less than a year later, they would be the hosts of Salt Lake’s hippest weekend block party – Granary Row. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night until October – a section of 7th south comes to life with food, music, and microshops housed in the 20 ft. shipping containers that decorate the street.
With new bike lanes, Trax lines, and streetcars changing the way that transportation works in Salt Lake City, some of our community’s youngest residents are voicing their input on the ongoing design of the city. The Utah chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar, a professional organization for engineers, urban planners, and others, held a summit for young girls interested in math and science to learn about the mechanics of transportation design and try their hand at long term planning.
There is a therapeutic benefit to being outside and putting the time and effort into growing food. For a group of men in the Salt Lake County Jails, their time in the jail’s gardens helps them serve their time in a productive way, trains them as master gardeners, and prepares them to work in the green industry after they are released. You can visit the Salt Lake County Jail Horticulture program at their booth at the weekly Downtown Farmer’s Market.
Leigh VandenAkker is a local teacher who is passionate about teaching students how to ask questions, challenge assumptions, and see the world through a global framework. As Utah’s 2012 Teacher of the Year and a recently named Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellow, she is also committed to continuing to learn herself.
For the past 20 years, the Re Use People have been the vanguard of the upcycling trend – working with builders and contractors to deconstruct rather than demolish, so that materials can find new life in other structures. Since their start, they have saved about 300,000 tons from landfills.
Solar Day, on July 27th, is an opportunity for the community to learn about the mechanics and benefits of increasing usage of solar power. Despite the state’s problems with pollution, Utah is still one of the highest coal-burning states, and a switch to renewable solar energies could help address the winter smog and other problems.
The Leonardo hosts an interactive, exploratory workshop space called the Tinkering Garage, which gives young visitors an opportunity to develop creative and problem solving skills through building, engineering, and tinkering. Many of the projects in the garage are furnished with materials supplied by their UpCycle re-use project.
The Utah Film Center celebrates 10 years of their LGBT focused Damn These Heels film festival. The event provides an opportunity to connect people through film – giving rise to greater understanding, tolerance, and self-acceptance.
by Troy Williams
Salt Lake City — One was a labor organizer who was executed in Salt Lake City, an early casualty of the American class war. The other was a folk-singer and hobo who once made a home in Salt Lake City. They both inspired the working class to organize and fight for their rights. Joe Hill and Utah Phillips are remembered by Duncan Phillips, who keeps the legacy of both alive by performing with Utah’s guitar.