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.
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.
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.
Students, Scholars, and Civilians come together in this online project to ‘map’ spaces of historical and cultural significance in Salt Lake City. Inspired by Rebecca Solnit’s book ‘Infinite Cities,’ professors at the University of Utah and Westminster College have collaborated to launch ‘Mapping SLC,’ a creative cartography project that asks residents to submit essays, videos, and other projects that survey the town – what it is now, and what was here before.
More information: www.mappingslc.org
Living Traditions Festival celebrates the arts and traditions of the many ethnic communities throughout the valley. This episode of The Beehive focuses on the creative works of a young Native American potter, taking after her parents, and a 93 year old master of Japanese calligraphy.
The Living Traditions Festival is May 17-19
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.
Following in the vein of other major metropolitan areas, downtown Salt Lake City is blocking off a section of downtown to cars, and making the city streets open only to bikes, blades, boards, and pedestrians. It’s another piece of Utah’s increasingly bike-friendly puzzle.