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ZAP Ticket Tuesday Giveaway with JCC
2 VIP tickets have been awarded for the ST. BOHÉME concert, July 12th presented by the I.J. and Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center (SLC JCC).
Stay tuned for more #ZAPTicketTuesday giveaways and check out the lineup for the JCC's Summer Concert Series here!
Taking Your Kids to Spiral Jetty: Five Tips For Parents
One of our goals while the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (
UMFA) is temporarily closed is to direct art lovers to the incredible examples of
Land art that can be found right here in Utah. The UMFA hosted a successful and fun community meet-up at Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels in April, and we’ll host a meet-up at
Spiral Jetty October 1. But don’t wait for us; go out and experience Land art with your family this summer. We’ve got some great tools to help make the most of your
adventure—and they’re free!
We’ve partnered with
Salt Lake City Public Library to make three Spiral Jetty
Family Backpacks available for
free checkout at the children's desk at the Main Library downtown. Enjoy a family outing to Spiral Jetty and learn about the history, art, and science around this world-renowned artwork. Fun tools include a microscope, binoculars, compass, thermometer, and maps to guide
your interaction with the landscape and science of Great Salt Lake. A sketchbook and worksheets help generate insight to both the artwork and the artist. Basalt rocks (made of foam) let you try your hand at making a little jetty of your own.
To get you ready, we asked local painter (and our former grants manager) Una Pett about her Jetty experience with her four-year-old, Luca, and two of his cousins. Here are her top five tips:
- Take advantage of the car ride.
long drive—about two hours—out to Spiral Jetty, and although the journey is a big part of the experience, we all know long car rides and kids can be a tough combo. Take advantage of this captive time to get comfortable with the backpack’s contents and instructions, so that by the time
you arrive, you’re all ready to learn and explore.
If you’re going without the backpack, download a self guide and an experiential guide from our
website. Together, these will help you fully acquaint yourself and your children with Spiral Jetty, so that by the time you arrive, everyone’s eager to explore.
- Slow down the experience.
“When we first arrived we were so compelled visually by the place that we had to remind ourselves to stop and take a look through the pack,” Una says. “The backpack gave us several points of departure to spark our curiosity and deepen our explorations.”
Use the backpack or the experiential guide to ask questions, encourage conversation, and help your family make meaningful connections.
- Enjoy the time together.
“At first, the kids needed some help and guidance digging through the backpack and figuring out how to apply everything, so it was a perfect opportunity for us to learn and experience together as a family,” Una says.
Between the time spent in the car and the time spent at the Jetty, this adventure will offer plenty of quality time with your loved ones, so make the most of it.
- Bring kids of all ages.
“The great thing is that there’s something for everyone—Millie (7) could sit and sketch on her own; Cleo (5) could pick up salt crystals and examine them more closely; Luca (4) could leaf through the images of the spirals,” Una says. “We found tools that helped each child engage in their own way at their
Jetty can provide a valuable experience for children and adults of any age—whether your child is four or about to leave for college.
- Allow for organic experiences.
The backpack activities are meant to enhance the experience, not to be the whole experience. Use the backpack or guide to understand what a spiral is and why this piece of Land art was named as such—but don’t stop there. “Walk along the spiral; walk on the
salt and in the water as far as you can go,” Una says. “This was Luca’s favorite part, and something we all vividly remember to this day.”
We want to hear about your family’s Spiral Jetty adventure this summer! Please share your experience on
or tag us @utahmuseumoffinearts. Also, please share your own tips and advice
for other parents below.
A big thank-you to Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks (ZAP) program for helping to make the UMFA’s free family programs possible.
Emily Armacost is the PR & Marketing
Assistant at the UMFA. Born and raised in Finksburg, Maryland, she joined the
UMFA staff in 2014 after studying arts administration and fine art at Westminster
College. When she’s not at the museum, Emily can be found painting, climbing,
or hiking with her dog, Howl.
The Most Lamentable Roman Tragedy of Titus Andronicus
A winner has been chosen to receive two free tickets to Pinnacle Acting Company's performance of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. The performance closes this weekend. If you didn't win, and you're interested in attending, please visit Pinnacle Acting Company's website.
Keep checking back for future giveaways!
Holladay Arts Council is "Healing Through Art"
2015, the Holladay
started on a
In December 2015, the Holladay Arts Council started
on a great adventure with five refugee communities in Salt Lake City. These
five groups had four workshops brought to their neighborhoods and community centers.
The Arts Council worked closely with the Department of Workforce Services and Utah Division of Arts &
Museums to coordinate over 100 refugee participants of all ages and over 60
volunteers. These volunteers included art therapists, art teachers, translators,
a professional photographer and many more. The workshops went on for six months. The
Holladay Arts Council is teaching artistic skills, building confidence and
identifying talented artists whom they can pair with mentors to further develop
their art through a program entitled “Healing Through Art.”
This program gives refugees living in
Utah a chance to tell their stories through art. Refugees receive one-on-one
mentoring with local artists at a series of workshops. Therapists are on
hand to hear and record their stories, wishes and dreams.
Community Art and Bios at the Chase Home
On June 4, in conjunction with World
Refugee Day, a sampling of the artists’ work was displayed at the Chase Home in Liberty Park. This was a great day. Many volunteers where
able to witness the artists showing their friends and family their artwork. For
many of the refugees, this was the first time -- in America -- they publicly shared their creations. It was very heartwarming. These artworks will be on display through August 2016.
Hear Stories, Build Relationships
On June 18, the Holladay
Arts Council will hold a free reception at the Holladay City Hall from 6:00 –
9:00 PM. It is for the artists, the public, and the media (translators will be on
hand). We hope this initiates a dialogue to build a stronger, integrated
community. Along with their art and biographies there will be music and dancing
from three of the refugee communities -- as well as refreshments. This will be a time to
enjoy and celebrate the many cultures that make up our community.
The arts council is making plans
include other art councils to help expand and continue the
reach again next year. It has been an amazing journey and one we couldn’t have
done without the vision, love for and countless hours donated to the Holladay
Arts Council by Craig Fisher. After starting the project, he also became the
Holladay Arts Council Chair. It has been so amazing to watch his selflessness
flow through our council, city and the other programs who have helped along the
-Margo Richards, Holladay Arts, Arts Council Coordinator
See 1776 with the whole family!
The musical, 1776, celebrates the Declaration of Independence. Bring your whole family to begin your July festivities. Two winners received five free tickets to the performance (June 28 - July 2). If you didn't win this time, we hope you keep checking back for future giveaways.
You can also learn more about purchasing tickets by calling Murray City Cultural Arts at 801-264-2614.
Murray City Cultural Arts is partially funded through a grant from Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks.