PROGRAMS

The Salt Lake City Arts Council programs connect artists and the public by producing a number of programs in the performing, visual, literary, and folk arts.

Finch Lane Gallery facilitates year-round visual arts exhibitions, featuring emerging and established Utah artists. The Gallery program encourages local artists to produce new work, explore exhibition themes or media relevant to the community and field of arts at large, and foster the development of curatorial skills through exhibition production and collaboration.

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The Public Art Program commissions artists’ work for new and existing eligible City-owned buildings and public spaces including parks, fire stations, skate parks, and plazas in all seven districts. Established in 1984 by the Percent for Art Ordinance, the public art program partners with many City departments and various stakeholders to add to the value and experience of the natural and built environment with high quality and site-specific artists’ work.

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The Living Traditions Presents program includes the Living Traditions Festival, Mondays in the Park concert series, Garden Party,  and community engaging workshops. Each event fosters community conversations around social justice, equity, and diversity by presenting folk art including dance, music, crafts, food and more that reflects both the unique qualities of various cultures and the similarities of human experience in a festive and safe environment.

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Each summer the Twilight Concert Series presents a wide range of nationally recognized and upcoming musicians from across the country and around the world, paired with local musicians and performers. Musical acts are prioritized and selected on the basis of diversity through both musical genres and those that represent, speak to, and serve as role models to multiple communities including underrepresented demographics in music.

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The Salt Lake Arts Council provides additional professional development and activation opportunities to local performing artists including musicians, singers, and dancers to engage with audiences through such programs as the Brown Bag Concert Series and Busker Festival, among others. These programs contribute to the cultural vibrancy of public parks, plazas and businesses by creating temporary placemaking.

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