Call for Applications for BIPOC Writers, Poets, and Performers!  

The Utah Arts Festival is working to amplify the conversation in our community around diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility to further build community and promote greater equity and understanding through art.

We’re excited to announce the beginning of a new program designed to feature BIPOC voices and perspectives at the Festival, an effort that is being led by local artist and community advocate, Sarah May.

Applications are being accepted now through July 2, 2021. This opportunity is open to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) writers, poets, slam poets, authors, and performers of all levels and experiences to perform and share their work with the Utah Arts Festival community. 

Performances and/or readings can vary from a spoken word performance, a reading of poetry, monologue, an excerpt of a larger piece of writing, etc. We welcome all kinds of work and performances and any varying topics reflective and empowering of the experiences of Communities of Color from connecting to ancestry, Black Lives Matter, police brutality, celebrating BIPOC communities and Black & Brown joy. 

All work read and performed must be original works by the artist. All artists will be compensated for their performances by the Utah Arts Festival. Please note that this is a small, intimate stage for acoustic performances.


Sarah_May_headshot.jpgSarah May (she/hers) is a biracial Salvadoran American, artist, weaver, storyteller, and community advocate in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah with her BFA in Photography & Digital Imaging and her MA in Community Leadership with an Emphasis in Art & Culture from Westminster College. Sarah coordinates and facilitates designated spaces of healing, connection, and empowerment for BIPOC communities with an emphasis in Black, Indigenous, and Womxn, Femmes of Colour. She is a facilitator and coordinator for two groups for Womxn, Femmes, and Non-Binary People of Colour at the YWCA Utah; the Color Collective, an intersectional community group, and the Woke Words Reading and Writing Series. Sarah creates work exploring the intricacy of narrative through merging multiple mediums together, reflecting on the collective human experience using cyanotype, film photography, found objects, textiles, and her own writing. Her work and process reflect her journey exploring identity as being cyclical and evolving, connecting to ancestry, and the idea of destiny and healing as intertwined.


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Allies/Accomplices Please be Advised:  We appreciate your solidarity and hope for your support. We ask that you respect that this application and opportunity are only open to those who identify as a Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color. For the time being, please increase your own understanding and participation in justice and equity work and support our artists by attending the performances during the Utah Arts Festival. We thank you for your interest and support. 

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah May (she/hers) Program Coordinator of Community & Inclusion  

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