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Passport Cover Design Contest

May 22, 2017

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We asked you what zoo, arts and parks mean to you. Children from across the county submitted designs through their local library. We got a lot of great designs, and the competition to choose the winning design was so close. Each of the designs was so good.

We are happy to announce that Adventure is right outside your front door, by Sophia, got the most votes. This design will be printed on the front of our Kids Summer Passport this year! Congratulations, Sophia!

sophia wins with adventure is right outside your front door


#1. Elephant by Hailey, Age 6, Taylorsville

Medium: Crayon

elephant by hailey


#2. Adventure is right outside your front door by Sophia, Age 14, Draper

Medium: Pen & Colored Pencil

adventure is right outside your front door by Sophia


#3. The Wolf of the Moon by Ella, Age 11, West Valley City

Medium: Pen, Colored Pencil & Marker

the wolf of the moon by ella

 Learn more about the Kids Summer Passport.

Ticket Tuesday with Tracy Aviary

May 08, 2017

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Tracy Aviary 2017
A winner has been chosen for this Ticket Tuesday giveaway courtesy Tracy Aviary. Congrats to Robert M. in Taylorsville!

Explore Physics in the Air with Discovery Gateway’s SkyCycle!

April 20, 2017

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Have you ever wanted to soar in the sky with the greatest of ease? No, it’s not a flying trapeze, it’s the newest exhibit from Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum- the SkyCycle! 


Opening April 22, kids and adults alike can explore principles of counterbalance and center of gravity while taking a thrilling ride on a 30-foot track. The SkyCycle exhibit has come out all the way from Orlando, Florida and was built by a company who produces rides for Disney World!

Members of Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum can get a special sneak preview of SkyCycle on April 21 from 2-5pm. They can enjoy free rides for the entire afternoon. 

The public opening of the SkyCycle will be the following day on Saturday, April 22. Starting with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and special guest speakers at 10:30 am, there will be music, prizes, giveaways, food trucks, and educational activities. 

Younger children and their families are encouraged to attend the opening event on April 22 and enjoy a Strider Bike Adventure Zone from 11 am – 2 pm inside the museum. Strider Adventure Zones are safe and friendly “Ride and Play” demo areas that encourage kids of all abilities from 18 months to 5 years to test ride a Strider Balance Bike and play with other kids, while improving and developing fundamental bike handling skills. 

balance bikes

The SkyCycle is made possible through generous support from the museum’s community partners, Kid to Kid stores and The Gateway. Kid to Kid is delighted to sponsor this new exhibit that will bring the love of physics to children and families across the Wasatch front and beyond,” says President of BaseCamp Inc. Brent Sloan. “The SkyCycle is a unique, playful and educational element,” said, Jenny Cushing, VP of Leasing for Vestar, “and we are proud to sponsor and have this attraction at The Gateway.”

-Kristin Jahne

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. 

The SkyCycle will be open during regular museum hours: 10am-6pm on Monday – Thursday, 10am-7pm on Friday – Saturday, and noon-6pm on Sunday. SkyCycle rides are $5 for regular walk-up or $3 with museum admission, and the first ride is always free for Discovery Gateway membership holders.  

Culinary Art in the Mountains

March 21, 2017

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Alta Community Enrichment, ACE, hosts year round art classes in the mountains of Alta, Utah, these classes include the culinary arts.  An Alta resident and ACE aficionado, Julie Willis, opens her home to teach many of these classes which have included, Introduction to Soup Making and Introduction to Biscotti Making.  We are thrilled to share her instructions on how to make her amazing homemade biscotti.

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Intro to Biscotti Making with Julie Willis

On a snow-chilled night what better thing to do then warm up with some fresh-made biscotti!

Julie Willis- Biscotti Baker Extraordinaire provided a wonderful recipe for some of the most delicious Biscotti Cookies we have ever had.

julie willis - biscotti baker

Here is a step-by-step recipe for you to try at home! Be sure to tag #ACEBiscotti and @alta_community_enrichment on social media to share your results!

What You Will Need:

  • 1/4 lbs Butter ( 1 stick)
  • 3/4 Cup of Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 Tsp Kirsch (Cherry Liqueur)
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract 
  • 2 Cups + 2 Tsp Flour
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Almonds - Chopped
  • 3/4 Finely Chopped Chocolate

biscotti being made by event attendees

Baking Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 325 Degrees
  • As you combine the wet and dry ingredients, be quick but do not hurry.
  • Mix but do not beat.
  • Handle quickly so the heat from your hands does not melt the butter.
  • Form three small loaves and bake for approximately 30 minutes.
  • Loaves should be a very light brown on the bottom when they come out.
  • Place on a cooling rack and reset the oven to 300 Degrees.
  • Cut the loaves into equal sizes, then bake again for 10 minutes, flip and bake again for 8-10 minutes.


Longer time = crispy biscotti | Shorter time = softer biscotti

Please join ACE at any of our year round events soon!

biscotti dough

ACE’s mission is to create opportunities in the Little Cottonwood community for individual and group participation in arts, cultural events and education. ACE began in 1995 when community members recognized the need for professional coordination of successful grassroots community events. Since inception ACE has served as the Alta Arts Council by offering quality, diverse events and programs for free or very little cost to its attendees and strengthens our community by bringing people who live work and play in Alta together to share the arts, cultural events, and education.  

ACE currently offers 65+ year round diverse programs with the majority of events inspired by input from local artists and families. 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. ACE strives to offer new events and old favorites to bring our community together.

-Sara Gibbs

Sara is the Executive Director of ACE.

Ticket Tuesday with Mundi Project

March 07, 2017

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Ticket Tuesday Mundi
Winners have been chosen for this giveaway to TIEN HSIEH @ MUNDI LIVE presented by Mundi Project (March 24)! Stay tuned for more fun opportunities!

Taylor Mac: Art and Social Justice

March 07, 2017

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This January, UtahPresents showcased one of the most talked about theatre experiences of the year - Taylor Mac’s “A 24 Decade History of Popular Music.” The performance was part of UtahPresents’ mission to provide a diverse range of perspectives and voices in our community and world. 

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Taylor Mac, Photo credit: Kevin Yatarola

Mac, who has created internationally award-winning performance events that both provoke and embrace his audiences, used his 24-hour concert in New York to examine American history through the lens of popular music of each decade. The day-long concert was a critical success, evoking strong responses from audiences and media alike. Mac was named to the Out 100 2016, calling the performance, “the greatest theatrical feat ever.” Wesley Morris, critic-at-large for the New York Times hailed the performance as one “one of the great experiences of my life. I’ve slept on it and I’m sure.”

Equal parts community organizer, Elizabethan fool, and bedazzled bon vivant, judy (Mac’s preferred pronoun), brought the decades of 1956-1976 to the stage at Kingsbury Hall.  As the kickoff to MLK week at the University of Utah, these decades covered the music of the Civil Rights Movement through Stonewall Riots, and examined the struggle for equality that dominated the era. Through his vulnerability and compassion, the audience was moved by Mac’s message of how to be better, do better, work harder, and love more.

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One audience member called the experience, "a social experiment and history lesson through art and music - an enlightenment that all things should be loved and appreciated by all beings.”

UtahPresents’ performers are selected for their commitment to community engagement in addition to their artistic excellence. As part of his residency in Utah, Taylor Mac and the show’s director, Niegel Smith, participated in a discussion with University of Utah diversity scholars about using art for social justice, while dissecting the experiences the students had at the performance. Mac's costume designer, Machine Dazzle, conducted a costuming master class for theatre students, exploring his work with Taylor and the 24-hour concert. The leader of Mac’s performing assistants (the dandy minions), Timothy White Eagle, also guest lectured for the Department of Theatre, teaching a class on ritual performance. Mac and Smith, along with choreographer Bill. T. Jones, joined KUER’s Doug Fabrizio for the David P. Gardner Lecture, discussing how they use their art forms for activism, which was rebroadcast on Radio West. 

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The dandy minions with Taylor Mac

Performances like Taylor Mac and the corresponding community engagement events are how UtahPresents brings Salt Lake County residents together to exchange ideas about important issues and strengthen understanding about the diversity right here in our community. For more information about our upcoming performances and community engagement events, visit

-Dennis Busch

Dennis Busch is the development specialist at UtahPresents. When he’s not at the theatre, he enjoys traveling, entertaining, and playing with his dog. 

Ticket Tuesday to Treasure Island

February 21, 2017

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  UCT Treasure

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

February 13, 2017

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outstanding emerging arts professional

Chelsea 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.  

chelsea kauffman headshot

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. 

chelsea kauffman portrait

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.

chelsea quote

How has your work impacted the Salt Lake community?

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 purpose?

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. 

chelsea kauffman in the snow

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. 

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Chelsea was interviewed by Rachel Cook. 

Rachel 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. 









Three Driven and Intelligent Women

February 09, 2017

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Pygmalion Theatre Company’s season continues with “Eleemosynary,” by Lee Blessing, directed by Jeremy Chase, which plays Feb. 24 through March 11. The show stars Barb Gandy, Tracie Merrill and Sydney Shoell. 

three actors who star in the play

“Eleemosynary,” which premiered in 1985, follows the relationships between three generations of women. The word ‘eleemosynary’ itself plays a significant part in the plot.

The play probes into the delicate relationship of three singular women: the grandmother, Dorothea, who has sought to assert her independence through strong-willed eccentricity; her brilliant daughter, Artie (Artemis), who has fled the stifling domination of her mother; and Artie’s daughter, Echo, a child of exceptional intellect—and sensitivity—whom Artie has abandoned to an upbringing by Dorothea.

actors sydney shoell and tracie merrill

As the play begins, Dorothea has suffered a stroke, and while Echo has reestablished contact with her mother, it is only through extended telephone conversations, during which real issues are skirted and their talk is mostly about the precocious Echo's single-minded domination of a national spelling contest. But, in the end, both Artie and Echo come to accept their mutual need and summon the courage to try, at last, to build a life together - despite the risks and terrors that this holds for both of them after so many years of alienation.

Director Chase says he was drawn to the show because he has always enjoyed scripts with small casts, sharply drawn characters, and “not much else,” he said. “‘Eleemosynary’ fits that bill. These three characters have wonderful, challenging stories for the cast to inhabit and explore. I love words and a significant aspect of this play is about the love of language, and how that is part of a family bond. Language as knowledge.”

actors barb gandy and sydney shoell

He added that he has long been a fan of Blessing. “He's one of the great American playwrights of the latter part of the 20th century,” Chase said. “His love of language and choice of subject matter has always fascinated me. He's also economical, creating small yet rich worlds for theater folk to play in.”
Chase said the show fits in with the company mission statement of producing plays which reflect issues, concerns, and shared experiences in the lives of women.

“These characters represent three generations of driven, intelligent women,” he said. “They also break the mold of what's to be expected of them and how they find their way in the world. Their voices are aligned to the mission and spirit of the company.”

actor barb gandy

Barb Gandy, who plays Dorothea, said she was drawn to the show for many reasons. “The script is beautifully written; the roles are a dream for an actor; Jeremy (director) has a great passion for the play -- always a big plus when considering investment into a production,” Gandy said.

She added of the character she plays: “Dorothea, my role, is strong, decisive in amazing ways, and has a unique world view.  She is unexpected and therein lies her eccentricity.  I'm really excited.  

“Beyond bringing the script and these characters to life, I'm excited to explore these very complex relationships and why the women make the choices they do with huge ramifications to the family dynamic.”

Gandy said she also appreciates, simply, the words. “Finally, the language that highlights fantastic words should appeal to anyone that is literary as most theatre audiences are,” she said.  “I mean, how often does one get to relish words like Bijouterie, Glunch, and the title, Eleemosynary?

actor tracie merrill

Merrill, who plays Artie, a biochemist, jokes she was initially drawn to the challenge of learning to say the word ‘eleemosynary.’  She adds that she is a lover of personal stories. “It’s beautiful storytelling that involves complicated family, relationships and a quirky journey of growing and healing.”

Having been in numerous Pygmalion shows, Merrill said she is excited to get in the room and begin rehearsals, which began Monday. “Nerves morph into excitement, and the time for exploration begins,” she said. “I’m excited to work with this great group of artists, and attempt to discover what is the driving force that has led these three women from one decision to the next.”

actor sydney shoell

Shoell, who plays Echo, said this is her first time working for Pygmalion and she is interested in working for a theatre company that has such a focus on the stories of women. “This show in particular interested me because of how intriguing and complex this family dynamic is,” she said. “Also, because I am always interested in people that have a passion and all three of these women fight for their passions.”

Shoell added that she, too, is excited for the language of the show. “I am also very excited to spell things, which is a bit odd,” she said. “I have always been a terrible speller and rattling off a word like eleemosynary makes me want to invite my second-grade teacher to gloat.”

Who: Pygmalion Productions Theatre Company
What: “Eleemosynary”
When: Feb. 24 through March 11. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. with an extra matinee March 11 at 2 p.m. 
Where: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Black Box Theatre, 138 W. 300 South
Tickets: $15-$20 from (801) 355.ARTS (2787) or

-Daisy Blake

Daisy Blake grew up in Bath, England and is a trained journalist, as well as studying theatre, film and television at Bristol University. Her journalism training is from Hastings, England. She worked for the "Bath Chronicle," a daily morning newspaper, as education reporter from 1999 to 2001. She also wrote a monthly column for another English newspaper during this time, which she continued after she moved to Utah. After her move, she was a professional actor for seven years, then went back to her first love as arts writer for "IN This Week," a weekly entertainment publication from "The Salt Lake Tribune." She worked there until 2012 and continues to write on a freelance basis for the "Tribune." During that time, she won a Society of Professional Journalists' award for one of her theatre reviews. Daisy joined "Gephardt Daily" in November 2014, and is now proud to be content manager. Daisy also does PR and is on the board for Pygmalion Theatre Company, and is proud to have been in four of their shows, too. 

Ticket Tuesday with Nova Chamber Music

January 31, 2017

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Nova- Charles Ives
Winners have been chosen for this giveaway from NOVA Chamber Music Series.   Stay tuned for the next ZAP Ticket Tuesday!