Through outreach and engagement the Salt Lake City Arts Council creates connections between the arts and the public, cultivates future artists and arts organizations, and gives voice to community arts needs.

As the designated arts organization for Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake City Arts Council provides access to arts opportunities in diverse disciplines, price points, locations, and depth of experience in order to promote public participation.

Various opportunities to present programming or partner with other organizations arise throughout the year. Some of these opportunities may become ongoing offerings while others may be one-time events.


The Mayor’s Artist Award was created in 1992 to honor artists and arts organizations who have deeply enriched the cultural landscape of Salt Lake City and the lives of our citizens.

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Busker Fest is a free festival, presented by the Salt Lake City Arts Council produced by Primrose Productions. The 2022 events will be held during Open Streets, an initiative put forth by the Downtown Alliance. Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic between South Temple and 400 South. That extra space allows us to fill the area with performers, patios and you. This extra space allows Busker Fest to expand the areas of programming, reducing gathering points.

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Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County are pleased to announce their participation in Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6), the most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States. Administered by Americans for the Arts, AEP6 will examine the economic impact of the arts and culture in Salt Lake County and 386 additional communities representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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The Salt Lake City Arts Council partners with local organizations to host literary events in the Finch Lane Gallery. Through the Guest Writer Series and the READ LOCAL Onsite events, the Arts Council hosts monthly readings that feature local and national writers and are free to attend. Dates for the 2019-2020 calendar year can be found below. Readings and location will be updated as they are confirmed.

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 In 2022 we partnered with local business, Big Cartel, to offer a web shop workshop and artist stipends to Salt Lake City and Utah based artists on building an online shop to sell arts and crafts! The intention of this partnership is to support the professional and economic development of Salt Lake City and Utah based artists. Big Cartel is an online platform for artists, craftspeople, and creatives to sell their work online. We offered two 1.5-hour workshops in which we trained artists on how to create their own online shop. Following each workshop, we provided a link to an application for workshop attendees to apply for a $250 artist stipend to go toward shop fees and related costs. We accepted 10 applicants for the $250 artist stipend. The accepted artists represent a wide array of media and backgrounds, including a pinata maker, a printmaker, a comic book artist, and several painters.

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