Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2017: Grand preview of the 41st annual festival’s temporary city of cosmopolitan arts and culture

The temporary miniature city of cosmopolitan art and culture that defines the Utah Arts Festival will open Thursday, June 22, with new stories and perspectives from artists of all stripes.
The 41st annual festival will bring new faces and ideas from all venues. In the artist marketplace, 174 artists, including nine returning award winners, were selected from 615 submissions, including 59 from Utah and 115 from outside of the state. More importantly: 56 are making their first appearance at the marketplace (one-third of the list excluding returning award winners).

The Art and Technology venue will be equipped to help visitors make and take home nearly 10,000 items of their own creation along with a demonstration of everything from a simple homemade pinball machine to an artificially intelligent painter and to low-cost sensors measuring air quality that can connect to WiFi and provide scientists localized data for analysis and resolution.
Spy Hop Productions will augment the activities of Make Salt Lake in the Art and Technology venue by offering three free interactive workshops in beatmaking and music mixing, Claymation storytelling and filmmaking based on a scavenger hunt theme.

For the fourth year running, the Intermountain Acoustic Music Association (IAMA) returns with its annual songwriter academy and the finals …

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