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.
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 newest player in the local food scene is Artists for Local Agriculture, an organization started by a musician who was reading about industrial farming while on tour, existing on a gas station food diet. With community art gardens, and a starving artist program that provides fresh produce, the organization is weaving together the creativity of plant growth with the creativity of artistic production.
NOW International Interdisciplinary Dance Company is a new artistic venture, telling stories and concepts through dance, film, music, and even puppetry. Founders Charlotte Boye-Christensen and Nathan Webster talk about the foundations of the company, their dreams for its growth, and the significant of their opening production: The Wedding.
Every Spring, the Living Traditions Festival celebrates the folk and ethnic artistic traditions that flourish in our community. This episode of The Beehive features two of this year’s featured artists. Jachelle Yazzie is a first time participant in the event; as a young Navajo potter, she is finding her own place in her cultural tradition. Masami Hayashi has been displaying his work as a master of Japanese calligraphy for decades.
Alexandra Karl is a descendant of Holocaust Survivors – and because her understanding of the genocide is so connected to individual lives lost, she’s developed an arts immersion activity to help participants consider one victim at a time.