2015 Utah Arts Festival

Festival for Kids

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. See sidebar for schedule.

View Kids performers, workshops, and film schedule

Art Yard: Art on the Range

Daily, noon to 9pm

Oh, give me a home where the artists roam! Cultivate your creativity in the Art Yard where children of all ages can be a part of the community garden of art!

Some exciting "installations" that all kids can work on:

  • PAINT 'TIL THE COW COMES HOME: Old McDonald had a cow, and boy was she colorful! Help us make her a sight to behold with pastels, paint, and paper.
  • SCULPTURE GARDEN: Create your own crops to plant in our garden using up-cycled materials.
  • CHIC CHICKENS: Decorate our fine feathered friends and make them the envy of all urban coops.
  • TINY TRACTOR: With a little imagination and a lot of paint, our mini artists turn this cardboard creation into the fanciest tractor this side of the Mississippi.

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.

Make-and-Take Projects

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

Art Access provides equal opportunities to inclusive arts programming for Utahns with disabilities and those with limited access to the arts. This year Art Access is celebrating 30 YEARS OF MAKING A CREATIVE DIFFERENCE in our community. Join us in making residents for our SciArt installation of homes on Utah's open range: a beehive, an anthill, and spider webs. Make a bee, an ant, a spider, or... ALL THREE! More info at www.accessart.org.

Tracy Aviary

Fly by Tracy Aviary's booth to meet some feathered friends, make a fun feathered craft, and learn about birds you can find at your own home on the range! More info at www.tracyaviary.org.

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

Focusing on the animals that have evolved to thrive in urban environments, artist and educator Calder Kamin helps to create awareness of mankind's impact on biodiversity. In conjunction with UMOCA's Art Truck exhibition, visitors to the Art Yard can aide their avian neighbors by participating in Kamin's project, Impact Proof. Participants help prevent birds from colliding into windows by creating paper decals using one of Kamin's stencil designs. More info at www.utahmoca.org.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Join the UMFA at the Utah Arts Festival Children's Art Yard. Celebrate "Art on the Range" with your own pop-up story about the landscape around you. Get inspiration from other landscape artists to illustrate and write your own literary masterpiece. More info at www.umfa.utah.edu.

The Golden Rule Project

The Golden Rule Project focuses on bringing back the principle of the Golden Rule into everyone's daily lives. However, this principle goes far beyond people! Animals and the planet alike all benefit when we practice the Golden Rule. Come join us in showing how you celebrate the Golden Rule, and how you think animals on the range do too, by illuminating your own Golden Rule poster. More info at goldenruleproject.org.

Visual Arts Institute PB & J Booth

Everybody's favorite comfort food! PB & J sandwiches and milk are available for younger appetites. Proceeds benefit the Visual Art Institute. More info at www.visualartinsitute.org.

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 9pm

Hands On! Create hats out of painted paper bags and art supplies. A small fee is required. 

Face Painting

Noon to 8pm

Face painting and airbrush tattoos for ART FANS of all ages! A small fee is required. 

Toddler Zone

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.


Program Sponsors

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