Zoo, Arts & Parks Blog
In the Dirt with Wasatch Community Gardens
Fresh, spring greens and radishes: that's what
March brings, no matter whether it comes in like a lion or goes out like a
lamb! The ground is thawing and shoots are sprouting, so it's time to start
getting our hands dirty in earnest. All of Wasatch
Community Garden’s programs are already out in the dirt getting their 2017
The crew at the GREEN
TEAM Farm have been marching forth into farm season, with nearly 4,500
starts in soil blocks happily growing in the nursery greenhouse. Three inches of compost made last fall have been top dressed onto the front 3/4 acre, cool
crops have been sown, and now the focus is on building the rest of the beds on
the rear half of the farm. With some mighty cold days in February
hopefully behind us, we'll begin harvesting this month and hopefully declare it
The School Garden Program is in full
swing! They are getting their students outside planting their gardens,
are doing taste tests, and while the weather is still variable, they are doing
garden inspired art projects inside. If you have always wanted to be a
part of WCG's School Garden Program, your wait is over! Head over to the School Garden Program's
page on our website,
and download an application.
The Community Education program has got a slew
of amazing workshops coming up and the
Youth Program has opened up our summer
Due to popular demand, we're offering most of our summer camps as full day
experiences through partnering with other organizations so check out our
Finally, the Community Garden program working
on starting not one, but two new community gardens this spring! Both our
9-Line Garden and our garden at Whedon Farm in Draper need lots of energy and
volunteers so contact us to get involved.
We are looking forward to another delicious
gardening season with our community, and are eager to get away from the office
and out in garden!
Benjamin Luks-Morgan is the Outreach and Volunteer Director for Wasatch Community Gardens.
A Successful Ticket Tuesday with Empress Theatre
2 winners have been chosen to win tickets to HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING (March 10 - March 25)
at The Empress Theatre.
The Empress Theatre is funded in part by Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks.
Cat in the Hat knows a lot about ZAP
Springtime is filled with
fun and literacy at Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum! We’re kicking off the
season with a full day of reading, play, and Dr. Seuss!
Discovery Gateway will
turn into Seussville on March 2, complete
with Seuss-tastic classes, a Hop on Pop Jump-a-Thon, a Dr. Seuss
& Friends photo booth, and more! Plus, there will be special
surprise visits from the one- and- only Cat in the Hat!
Also on March 2, Discovery
Gateway Children’s Museum will open the new Reading Nook to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The Reading Nook features several iconic pieces from the museum’s original location on Beck Street, including the jumbo light switch and giant chair with a pencil ladder from the Sizewise gallery. These treasured pieces from our
collection have been re-imagined to create the perfect reading space. The
pencil ladder is now home to the Take
a Book, Leave a Book
program, a partnership with
Salt Lake City Public Library and KUED PBS Kids. We encourage families to bring in a book for
another family to enjoy in exchange for a new book to take home. Through this
program, it is our mission to put a book in the hands of every child and
cultivate a lifelong love of reading.
The best part? It’s
absolutely free! Guests can
enjoy a free day in the museum thanks to the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) program. Don’t miss this
fun day of play and literacy!
The Reading Nook
also features information about Salt Lake County’s participation in the
national Talking is Teaching initiative dedicated to
closing the word gap and supporting families of young children to learn
together in any language through talking, singing, reading, writing and playing
every day! Discovery Gateway is a proud
contributing partner of this initiative, and we
hope to see families
engaged in these activities throughout the museum and incorporate these
principles at home as well!
Kristin Jahne is the Marketing Coordinator at Discovery
Gateway Children's Museum. When she’s not fixing member issues or analyzing
data, you can find her interacting with patrons around the museum or
helping plan events for DG members. Laura Cotter, Operations
Manager, is our resident wordsmith and crafted the title phrase.
A Ticket Tuesday to Treasure Island
One winner has been chosen to receive four free tickets to Treasure Island at Utah Children's Theatre. Utah Children's Theatre is partially funded through a grant from Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks.
Changing Stars: Recognizing Chelsea Kauffman
Kauffman is a recent graduate from the
SUU Master of Fine Arts, Arts Administration program. Nominated by her supervisor from a summer internship at
Repertory Dance Theatre, they were excited and inspired by Chelsea’s “authenticity, engagement, innovation, vision and effectiveness.” She was able to accomplish a massive amount for RDT and clearly left a lasting, positive impression through her work there. We
are honored to present her with our first Outstanding Salt Lake Emerging Arts Professional award.
Here is more about our award winner, Chelsea:
When did you fall in love with the arts?
I grew up in a home full of a passion for music, creativity, and talent. I sang, played the saxophone and guitar, and danced. At 14, I discovered theater and it was then that I truly fell in love with the arts. Being involved in theatre and music provided me with a safe space to be myself,
feel comforted, and have a home and a family to support me.
How have you seen the positive effects of the
arts in your life or in the Salt Lake County?
When I was 14 my family was struggling financially and ended up homeless for quite some time. From there, I faced foster care, my parents' divorce, and my mother's severe depression. I struggled to believe in myself and do my best, but the arts inspired me to
change my stars. The arts changes lives. It provided me with peace, community and hope. I owe it to the arts that I am still here today.
What do you imagine the arts community could
look like in Salt Lake?
I hope that the arts become available and life-changing for low-income families and particularly for those fighting emotional battles. I know there are many economic, political, spiritual, and economic challenges for the lives of many in Salt Lake. The arts provide a refuge. It is a gathering
place for understanding, comfort, and unity. I believe the arts can be an answer for many who are lost and alone.
What are some steps for getting there?
To get there, we can open our doors and reach out to organizations that fight for those who feel lost and alone. To do this, we must be accessible and provide a place of welcome. This does not just include attendance to our performances and galleries, but the
importance of the arts in life at an early age, how it can transform learning, and its ability to prompt expression and discussion about our lives. The arts can help us find and apply answers.
How has your work impacted the Salt Lake
My work in the Salt Lake community hasn't gone on for very long but my story and passion has driven me forward. Because of my life experiences, I am able to look at things from the outside and see the forest from the trees. With this, I apply my organizational
skills and become a power house that challenges and pushes organizations to reach their full potential. I analyze every facet of arts administration in hopes that we continue to fulfill our mission as we move towards our vision. I know that my story is an example of the strength of the arts and my skills are
what keeps them doing the good that they do.
What energizes you in your work? What is your
I am energized by new things and challenges as I love to learn and understand life a bit more. In my work, I hope to magnify the many purposes of the arts, my passion for the arts, and I hope to give back to the community what the arts have given me.
Describe a time when you took a risk. What
inspired you to take that risk? And what was the result?
I took quite a risk attending graduate school. Accumulating student loan debt and taking time off of a consistent income was something that frightened me financially. I refused to repeat the past. Additionally, there is a misconception that going into the
arts will yield little financial reward. I knew that if I didn't do what I loved, I would regret it for most of my life. I didn't want to sacrifice my heart and passion because of my fears. The arts helped me defeat my fears once and it will continue to give me comfort. Graduate school was a sacrifice. I was
truly blessed by a supportive husband that helped me complete my studies without worrying about finances. In the end, I survived. I finished graduate school. And now I have a wealth of arts administration knowledge and experience to advance the work and my personal mission of the arts.
Chelsea was interviewed by Rachel Cook.
Cook is a Masters Candidate with SUU Arts Administration and a member of the Salt Lake Emerging Arts Professionals advisory committee. She loves art, the mountains, and spends her spare
time with her husband.
Learn more about the Salt Lake Emerging Arts Professionals Recognition Program.