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ZAP Ticket Tuesday Giveaway with Utah Arts Festival
Ten winners have been chosen to receive four tickets for one day's entry to the Utah Arts Festival (June 23-26). The Utah Arts Festival is funded in part by a grant from Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks. To learn more, or to purchase tickets, please visit the Utah Arts Festival website. To celebrate 40 year of the festival, entry will be free on Thursday!
If you didn't win this time, we hope you'll continue to check back for future ticket giveaways.
Heartfelt Confession: Audience member shares his experience
A surprise question.
During intermission at our concert in Salt Lake City, funded in part by our ZAP grant, and presented by the
Park City Chamber Music Society, a man from the audience asked if it would be alright for him to speak to the audience at the conclusion of the concert. The concert venue was the beautiful All Saints Episcopal Church on Foothill Drive, not too far from the University of Utah. The artists put on a wonderful performance
featuring string quartet, clarinet and classical guitar in various combinations and program included the Mozart Clarinet Quartet, a Mozart Flute Quartet and "Fratres" for Violin and Guitar.
Though we often recognize many of the audience members, we did not know this mystery patron.
Our guest appeared to be in his late 60’s or so, and was very sincere. We assured him he could speak. The free concert was well attended. The performance received enthusiastic applause. When the applause ended, we quickly “set the stage” by asking if
anyone from the audience would like to make a comment on the performance. He raised his hand, and we invited him to come up to the front. Our guest told the audience -- and the artists -- that the concert meant so much to him. It lifted his spirits and provided him with an evening where he was transported by the music.
He confided that this was a difficult time for him.
He had happened upon the concert while he was in the middle of receiving treatments at the Huntsman Cancer Institute nearby. He thanked the performers for giving him such a wonderful evening. Needless to say, we were all moved by his comments.
to add a personal note:
This “confession” was especially meaningful to me. Only a few weeks prior to that concert, I had also undergone cancer surgery and could not perform that evening.
The arts do remind us how wonderful it is to be alive.
- Leslie Halow
Leslie is a violist and founder/co-director of the Beethoven Festival Park City. She and her husband, clarinetist Russell Harlow, run the festival and live year round in Park City.
Murray City Cultural Arts Presents Motown Sounds Tribute Show
2 winners have been chosen to receive tickets to the MOTOWN SOUNDS TRIBUTE SHOW presented by Murray City Cultural Arts, June 11th.
Stay tuned for our next giveaway, and check out the line-up of summer concerts at Murray Park here!
Powder Skiing and... Salsa??
Spicing it up.
When people think of Alta, they
envision powder skiing in the winter and endless fields of wildflowers in the
summer. Moose ambling along the road and copious fat snowflakes falling on the
road. They probably don’t think about salsa. Salsa making competitions and
salsa dancing, that is. But those are just a few of the unique offerings that
Alta Community Enrichment (“ACE”) brings into the tiny town of Alta to help
spice things up for our community. Founded in 1996, ACE is a local
art non-profit committed to bringing arts, cultural and educational
opportunities to the community of Alta. Offering events both large and small
ACE, strives to meet the needs of our mountain community.
Community is the
community extends beyond the several hundred residents and strives to reach out
to the many who call Alta their home away from home in the mountains. The
community is full of teachers, artists, farmers, accountants, lawyers,
scientists, and of course, ski bums. Each brings a love and appreciation of
arts, culture and education with a unique point of view. Those views
are weaved together by a shared love of the majestic mountain environment of
Alta. Our events are diverse enough to bring out folks of all ages, and no
experience is required to participate in any event.
ACE offers a diverse lineup of programming. From small
events, such as craft-making classes to larger events, such as the multi-day
Snowflake Festival, ACE caters to the needs of our community. Yoga with
stunning views of Alta Ski Area? Check. A full day of skiing followed
by kimchi-making? Check. Friendly familiar faces and friendly new faces? Check.
Events at little to no cost? Check. ACE strives to offer new events and old
favorites and is always asking our community about their interests and ideas for
ACE doesn’t stop at events and is proud of the support we
provide for members of our community. ACE helps provide outreach for
the Alta K-8 one room public classroom by hosting art, dance,
language arts, science and music teachers, museum, educational, dance and
theater field trips to Salt Lake City and arranging extracurricular art and
dance activities. ACE also believes in paying it forward
and supports the artistic, cultural and educational endeavors of local
community members by offering four grants, the Artist Grant, the WEXL
Education Grant, the Young Guns Grant and the Community Service Grant.
Want to salsa?
All of ACE’s programs are open to everyone and are either
free or offered at a very low cost thanks to generous funding from
organizations like Salt Lake County Zoo Arts & Parks. We love seeing
new faces. Learn more about ACE and see our full list of events at www.altaarts.org,
email us at email@example.com, follow us on facebook and instagram too.
An example of an ACE Craft Night
String Art How To
You will need a few things: an
image, string, nails and wood.
We use colored embroidery floss found at craft stores.
Small, regular nails – colored ones make it fun!
Any kind of wood, any thickness – as long as it is thick enough for your
nails. Have the hard ware store cut it to size for you! We pre-painted them too.
Words? A heart? A star? Let your imagination guide you.
Find an image or word you like on your computer and print
it to size or smaller of your wood block.
Place your printed design on the block. It can be centered,
off centered, to the right, whatever makes you happy. Tape the corners.
Time to hammer the nails into wood
get loud. Following your printed image edge,
place nails along edge about ¼ inch apart or as close together as you want, the
more nails the more interesting! Hammer
each nail until about ¼ above the surface of the wood. Watch your fingers!
Remove the paper image.
Once all your nails are in, pull off the paper.
Now for string design thoughts.
Eclectic or symmetric? Different color strings or a single color? The
choice is hard.
end of your string, choose
a starting nail and tie a knot around that nail.
Time to weave.
Choose if you want to directly
across from the starting nail or diagonal or up or down or side to side – there
is no right or wrong way! Take the string on the starting nail and go to next
chosen nail, wrap the string around in one loop and then choose your next
nail. Continue until you are happy with
your design. When you are at the end of
the string, knot the string to the nail.
Your art masterpiece is finished!
Written in collaboration.
-Claire Woodman, ACE Board
Claire is a resident
of Alta and has enthusiastically attended ACE events for almost a decade. As
the newest member of the board, Claire brings her love for ACE to grant and
promotional writing, as well as strategic planning efforts. Claire is a
environmental and transportation planner for Parametrix, and spends her free
time skiing, mountain biking, and hiking.
-Sara Gibbs, ACE Executive Director
Sara moved to Utah in 1996 for the deep powder snow. She
became involved with ACE by attending events and then was asked to join the
Board of Directors. In 2004 she accepted a job with ACE as the Programming and
Marketing Director. In July of 2006, she was appointed the job as Executive
Director and has stayed ever since. Sara loves making art, being outdoors,
snowboarding, biking and Jake the dog.
Salt Lake Acting Company on Engaging its Youngest Audiences
Salt Lake Acting Company has a reputation for taking big,
bold, theatrical risks. In the 2009-2010 season, we took a different kind of
risk – children’s theatre. At that time, interim executive director Nancy
Borgenicht saw a need in our community for professional theatre for children.
We produced GO, DOG. GO! based on the beloved book by P.D. Eastman and seven
years later, our annual children’s play is one of the highlights of each
Selecting the Plays
There is a whole world of imaginative, engaging children’s
theatre out there, and with just one slot to fill each year, we are presented
with some tough choices when it comes to selecting which children’s plays to
produce. One vital component of our children’s programming is that the play be
based on a book. This allows SLAC – through study guides, community outreach,
and relationships with educators – to connect literacy with theatre, filling an
ever-widening gap in public arts education.
Our children’s plays up to this point have included:
- GO, DOG. GO! by Allison Gregory and Steven
Dietz, based on the book by P.D. Eastman
- IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE by Jody Davidson,
based on the book by Laura Joffe Numeroff
- HOW I BECAME A PIRATE by Janet Yates Vogt and
Mark Friedman, based on the book by Melinda Long
- CLICK CLACK MOO: COWS THAT TYPE by James E.
Grote and George Howe, based on the book by Doreen Cronin
- THE CAT IN THE HAT by Katie Mitchell, based on
the book by Dr. Seuss
- A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD by Willie and Robert
Reale, based on the books by Arnold Lobel
- ART DOG by John Olive and Susan Ennis, based on
the book by Thacher Hurd
- (Coming up in December 2016) DIARY OF A WORM, A
SPIDER, AND A FLY by Joan Cushing, based on the books by Doreen Cronin
One of SLAC’s flagship programs was born out of our
children’s productions – the Title-1 Arts Education Program. In conjunction
with each children’s play, we offer eight free performances to Title-1
elementary schools, which are designated as schools with high numbers or
percentages of children from low-income families. These are often students who
have never seen a play before, whose minds and imaginations are opened up by
seeing the books they’ve read in their classrooms come to life on stage.
The plays we choose are based on books geared toward
kindergarten through second grade students. We learned that these are the
grades that are typically least served in terms of field trip opportunities,
and we have found them to be some of our most excited, engaged, and
Our children’s plays run during the month of December each
year, and we start taking Title-1 performance reservations in August. We work
with the Salt Lake School District to help spread the word and we take class
reservations on a first come, first served basis. Each year, we welcome
approximately 1,500 students through this program.
Once a class or school has made a reservation, our Director
of Marketing and Engagement, Erika Ahlin, is in contact with the teachers,
sending a prepared study guide (which is created by SLAC staff with the help of
an education specialist) and making sure they have everything they need before
seeing the play.
Each Title-1 performance begins with members of our staff
talking to the students about the experience of live theatre. We discuss what
makes theatre different from movies or television – The action is taking place right in front of you! Just like you can see
and hear the actors, they can see and hear you! This is a special experience
that you and the actors share! We talk about their job as audience members
and encourage them to listen, laugh, and applaud. We talk about the book the
play is based on and things to watch for on stage. We teach them a piece of choreography
from the play. And after the play is over, the actors stay on stage for a
Q&A session, giving students the opportunity to ask their burning
questions, like, “How did the eyes in the painting move?” and “Where did you
get all your costumes?” and “How old are you?” The talkbacks are not only
educational for the students, but also always entertaining for SLAC staff and
Our children’s plays also give us the opportunity to engage
with segments of our community that we might not otherwise reach. Each year, we
work with local libraries, bookshops, schools, and community organizations to
arrange special performances and readings. Our actors read the book and perform
sections of the play in these free performances. In the past, our community
performances have included The King’s English Bookshop, Utah Museum of Contemporary
Art, Discovery Gateway, St. Olaf’s, and many Salt Lake City and County
For the past few years, SLAC has hosted an event for Voices
of Utah Children – a local organization whose work focuses on making Utah a
place where all children thrive. Their staff and supporters gather at SLAC to
see a sneak-peek of our children’s play and meet the cast and creative team.
We’ve also partnered with the Visual Art Institute of Utah,
Bad Dog Arts, and Washington Elementary to adorn our lobby and Green Room
Gallery with student artwork relating to the play.
Inspiring the Next
Generation of Theatre-Goers
My favorite thing about producing children’s theatre is
knowing that so many of our young audiences are experiencing this magic for the
first time. There is nothing like live theatre, and it is incredibly special
and a huge honor to be part of introducing it to someone, especially a child.
Children’s minds are ripe for possibility and suspension of disbelief; they
are, in many ways, the ideal theatre audience. You know you’re doing it right
when they are enthralled, and you know you’ve done something wrong when they
are bored. And they are not shy about letting you know, in either case. Our
goal is always to engage and inspire; to give them something they’ll remember,
so that theatre becomes an ongoing part of their lives.
SLAC’s commitment to young audiences and their understanding
and appreciation of live theatre is hugely important and continually inspiring.
I am so proud to play a part. I hope you and the young people in your life will
join us this December for DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER, AND A FLY!
Shannon Musgrave is
Salt Lake Acting Company’s Associate Artistic Director and had the pleasure of
performing in SLAC’s productions of GO, DOG. GO! and HOW I BECAME A PIRATE.