Bring all of the senses to life–through art. Collaborate with on-site sculptures, create make-and-take projects with some of Salt Lake's most creative art-making nonprofit organizations and play an instrument! The PB&J Booth offers sandwiches and milk for younger appetites benefiting the Visual Art Institute.
The Art Yard Stage returns this year with musical acts by local kids' groups, and performances.
Daily, noon to 9pm
Art Yard: Monsters and Mischief
Things that go bump in the night and giggle when they are supposed to be asleep are taking over! Come on down to the Art Yard where children and inner children can let loose and create some mischief!
Some exciting "installations" that kids can all work on:
- MOMMA MONSTER: Help us make this monster grow more warty and colorful everyday. Find out what you can do with a few toilet paper rolls and a little paint to make her a sight to behold.
- MINI MONSTERS: You decide what kind of arms and legs go on these mischievous mini monsters and where they will hide in the Yard!
- LIVING ROOM OF MISCHIEF: Go ahead. Draw on the walls, the carpet, and the furniture... we won't tell.
- SILLY SPIDER WEBS: Run wild using brightly colored yarns to wrap our structures in knots and fun patterns.
Contribute your creativity to these installations.
Summerhays Music Center Instrument Petting Zoo
Come see what it's like to play on a real band orchestra instrument! Music teachers will show you how - anyone can do it! Instruments are well sanitized before they are played. More info at www.summerhaysmusic.com.
Every year the Utah Arts Festival partners with local nonprofits to make the Art Yard a dynamic place of wonder for festival-going kids. Here's what you'll find at this year's Yard:
Art Access provides equal opportunities to inclusive arts programming for Utahns with disabilities and those with limited access to the arts. All children are welcome to join the fun in making monster masks they can wear during the rest of their festival adventures. More info at www.accessart.org.
Fly by Tracy Aviary's booth for a diving good time! Give your imagination wings as you build your very own creature that splashes, quacks and flaps! More info at www.tracyaviary.org.
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
Celebrate the Beehive State by creating your own bees. Assemble your fuzzy friend using pipe cleaners and puffballs, and then make it your own as you turn it into a monster bee! Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) is Utah's premiere venue for contemporary art. More info at www.utahmoca.org.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Make and wear your own Monster Claws with the Utah Museum of Fine Arts! Art through the ages is full of monsters - get inspiration from some great monster art to create your own Monster Claws! You will be transformed as you wear your claws around the festival. Located on the University of Utah campus, the UMFA is Utah's premier visual art museum and offers families the opportunity to explore more than 5,000 years of creativity. More info at www.umfa.utah.edu.
Utah Youth Village
Utah Youth Village utilizes the Teaching Family Model to facilitate positive change in the lives of youth and families. Please join us in creating your own mischief monster puppet. More info at www.youthvillage.org.
Visual Arts Institute
Monsters, come toot your horn! Monster Mask Making is what to expect at the Visual Art Institute's booth. Your monster mask design will be held up to your face with the support of a party blowing horn. This will be a creative and fun experience, or a headache waiting to happen. See you Monsters soon! More info at www.visualartinsitute.org.
PB & J Booth
Everybody's favorite comfort food! PB & J sandwiches and milk are available for younger appetites. Proceeds benefit the Visual Art Institute.
Fear No Film KIDS!
Noon to 8pm
We've got two programs of short films -- Fear No Film KIDS! 3 and Up and Fear No Film KIDS! 8 and Up -- screening continually in the Art Yard.
The Mad Hatter
Noon to 10pm
Turn an ordinary brown paper bag into an outrageous hat. A small materials fee applies.
Noon to 8pm
Have fun with face painting and airbrushed tattoos. A small fee applies.
Noon to 8pm
Activities and fun designed for children ages 4 and under. Please, no unattended tots.
Literary Arts Workshops
Daily, times vary
The Community Writing Center also offers mini-workshops and comic book workshops for kids. Check the Literary Arts page for more info.