The mission of the Utah Arts Festival is to promote the arts and enhance the quality of life in Utah through the production of an annual outdoor, multi-disciplinary event in downtown Salt Lake City. We strive to maintain the highest artistic quality in our production and programming, represent excellence among a range of artistic mediums, and promote an appreciation for fine art while encouraging innovation in the field, and supporting non-traditional, contemporary works.
Time & Location
The annual Festival takes place the 4th weekend of June each summer and is held downtown in Salt Lake City at Library and Washington Squares. A full time staff of four and one part time person work year-round to produce the Festival. In addition, we engage seasonal coordinators to help plan and implement artistic programs each year. A technical staff, stage and production crews, along with more than 1,000 volunteers rounds out the personnel needed to produce the annual event.
The Utah Arts Festival is the largest outdoor multi-disciplinary arts event in Utah with attendance hovering over 80,000 each summer. Having garnered numerous awards internationally, nationally and locally, the event remains one of the premiere events that kicks off the summer in Utah each June.
Please explore our website to become a Utah Arts Festival participant--whether as a donor, sponsor, volunteer, artist, performer, or attendee.
The Producers of the Utah Arts Festival
The Utah Arts Festival is programmed and operated by a full-time 4-person staff and Program Coordinators, Board of Directors, and many volunteers.
Lisa Sewell - Executive Director
Patrick Burns - Assistant Director, Director of Operations
Aimee Dunsmore - Development Director
Tennille Palmer - Development Manager
Amanda Neff - Program Administrator
Denver Olmstead - Ticket Administrator
Artist Marketplace - Matt Jacobson, Staci Young
Art Yard - Maggie Willis
Beverages - Shirley "Weber" Knickerbocker
Box Office - Chad King
Composer Commissions - John Costa, Henry Wolking
Culinary Arts - Bob Raysor
Environmental Program - Margaret Grochocki and Oscar Juarez
Exhibition - Lisa Sewell
Face Painting - Adam Stapley and Samantha Stapley
Fear No Film Festival - Topher Horman
Friend's Patio - Chad Ewell, and Shaun Hales
Graphic Design - Kevin Perry
Hospitality Patio - Dayna McKee
Information Booth / Festival Store - Mindy Dummer
Jazz Masters - Henry Wolking
Literary Program - Adam Love, Andrea Malouf, and Rebeca Mae
Mad Hatter - Caprice Schulte and Elysha Stroud
Makers Program - Henry Haskell, Jr.
Marketing, Media & Public Relations - Susan Koles
Performing Arts - Steve “Doc” Floor
Special Projects - Yolanda Kunder
Stage Production - Patrick Heltman
Street Performers - Rich Nicholes
Tech & Production - Patrick Burns
Toddler Zone - Shannon Moss
Urban Arts - Mason Fetzer
Volunteers - Kaye Wankier and Mel Cammans
Website - Jocelyn Kearl and Troy Mumm, Third Sun Productions
2015-2016 Board of Directors
Board meetings are scheduled a month in advance and take place at the Festival Office, 230 South 500 West, Suite 120.
Jason Kimura, Board Chair
Monica Gomez Rogerson
Edward B. Havas