This is a happy place where budding young artists get their hands dirty, their wiggles out, and their imaginations stirred. Here young children collaborate with on-site sculptures, create make-and-take projects with some of Salt Lake’s most creative nonprofit organizations, write some poetry, engage in storytime, and play an instrument!
Art Yard: Insects!
Daily, Noon–9PM, Southwest Corner of the Festival
Did you know that insects are found on every continent on this planet? Almost everywhere you look, these six-legged creatures are crawling, flying, or burrowing right underneath you! Come explore a world with giant creepy-crawlies where you get to see what it's like in a bug's life!
Some exciting installations that all kids can work on:
- Ant Maze: Build an ant out of upcycled junk and give it a home in our ant maze.
- Giant Bugs: Help us adorn and decorate these larger than life arthropods.
- Pollinator Garden: The pollinator insects including bees, flies, and butterflies assist plants in their reproduction. Create your own flying critter to play in our garden.
- Mix and Match Beetles: Using various printmaking techniques, construct a new species of Coleoptera to add to our exquisite bug collection.
Summerhays Music Center Instrument Petting Zoo
Have you ever wondered what it is like to play a band or string instrument? Can you see yourself or your child playing an instrument in the future? Come visit Summerhays Music in the Children’s Art Yard and test a musical instrument. Anyone can do it - we will have experts there to help you make your first sound on an instrument! Instruments are well sanitized before they are played. For more information visit www.summerhaysmusic.com.
Poetry with the Rock Canyon Poets
Insects love poetry! Come learn how to write a short poem about your favorite bug and display it in the Art Yard. Ladybugs and spiders, bees and centipedes, oh my!
1:00PM - 4:00PM each day of the festival courtesy of Rock Canyon Poets
Storytime with Christian McKay Heidicker
Have you ever wanted to eat crickets, caterpillars, or grasshoppers? Of course you haven’t! Do you know who has? FOXES! Join author Christian McKay Heidicker as he reads a chilling tale from his new book Scary Stories for Young Foxes. Warning: Things probably won’t end well for the insects.
Thursday, 1:00PM, 2:30PM, 4:00PM, 5:30PM, 7:00PM, 8:30PM
Make & 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 who you’ll find this year:
- Art Access: Art Access is an inclusive arts organization working to make artistic development accessible to all members of our community. Join us to make your own unique paper-bag insect puppet that you can animate like your favorite creepy-crawlies. For more information visit accessart.org.
- Craft Lake City: Craft Lake City is ready to create creepy crawly crafts in the Art Yard! Craft Lake City is a local nonprofit arts organization that elevates the creative culture of Utah through science, technology and art. Join us to create your own hands-on, multi-media art project inspired by bugs! For more information visit craftlakecity.com.
- Natural History Museum of Utah: “Build a Bug” with the Natural History Museum of Utah! How many legs does a bumble bee have? Which insect has the most eyes? Combining creativity and art with biology, kids can build their own spider, ant, bumblebee, dragonfly or any other insect! While decorating wooden beads, and twisting in colorful pipe cleaners, families can bring their own little insects alive. For more information visit nhmu.utah.edu.
- Tracy Aviary: Tracy Aviary and Botanical Garden is a nonprofit organization inspiring curiosity and caring for birds and nature through education and conservation. The Aviary is home to over 400 birds, 135 different species, and is open 363 days a year. See you later, pollinator! Kids will have the opportunity to use their imagination to create pipe cleaner finger puppets while learning about pollinators and how important they are to the environment. For more information visit tracyaviary.org.
- Utah Museum of Contemporary Art: Join the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art to create Filter Flitters based on a dragonflies and butterflies. Using colorful tissue paper, coffee filters, clothes pins, and googly eyes, you can make your own fun flying flittering insect. For more information visit utahmoca.org.
- Utah Museum of Fine Arts: Make art with the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in the Children’s Art Yard at the Utah Arts Festival at Library Square. Be inspired by 2500 year-old Egyptian stone scarabs in the UMFA collection to create your own version of these ancient amulets. The beetle, or scarab, was the most popular magical amulet worn by ancient Egyptians as a charm of protection. Mummies were often buried with large scarabs placed on their chests to protect the heart. For more information visit nhmu.utah.edu.
Daily, Library Auditorium
A gaggle of fun shorts from around the world created to add the spice of imagination to your (inner) child’s day. Screenings are free to the public.