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Call for Artists: Urban Plein Air

The Blocks, in partnership with the City and the County, are activating the downtown streets and underutilized urban spaces during a two-day period—September 13th & 14th—with the spontaneous and participatory nature of Plein Air (outdoor) painting. This project invites audiences to engage with participating artists and get a view into their process of completing a […]

200 West Community Mural – Artist Profile

Leave your mark on THE BLOCKS! Utah’s premier arts, cultural and entertainment district invites you, the public, to come down to the 200 West underpass under the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center this Friday and Saturday to fill in a paint by numbers style mural. Six talented local artists will outline and complete […]

5 Ways to Discover What THE BLOCKS Have to Offer

What are THE BLOCKS? Chances are you’ve already enjoyed Salt Lake’s Cultural Core even if you didn’t know it at the time. If you’ve ever attended a concert, admired a piece of street art, browsed an art gallery, museum or been to a festival in downtown Salt Lake City, you’ve experienced THE BLOCKS. It’s Utah’s […]

From a distinguished past to a bright future

 UTAH OPERA CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF OPERATIC TRADITIONS From a distinguished past to a bright future by Downtown The Magazine Rewind 40 years to 1977, and Utah’s performing arts landscape was young but full of promise. Ballet West was beginning its 15th season and Utah Shakespeare Festival had just marked 15 years of operation. Utah […]

Body Roc Crew

by Tyler Bloomquist Kaleena Chung from the Body Roc Crew invites us into the B-Boy circle. – What is Body Roc? What is your mission and vision? Our crew strives to represent the four elements of Hip-Hop culture with the mindset of brotherhood, foundation, funk, dignity and integrity. We are a group of dancers mostly, […]

A guide to downtown Street art.

  Ranging from entire building faces in plain view of busy intersections to hidden installations in off-the-beaten-path alleyways, the street art scene is thriving in Salt Lake. Champions such as the Utah Arts Alliance, business owners and entrepreneurs work with internationally renowned artists or unknown, and sometimes anonymous, local artists to celebrate diversity, history and […]

Three downtown hot spots

You’ll never again have to ask the question, ‘What should we do tonight?’ By Melissa Fields With streets designed by Brigham Young to be “wide enough to turn a team of oxen,” downtown Salt Lake City would seem primed for large-scale outdoor events throughout the summer months. And indeed it is. Close your eyes and […]

In Fashion at Library Square

by Beth Lopez *** In Fashion at Library Square Many downtown regulars might scratch their heads if they saddled up next to a student at Bar X who said they were enrolled in fashion school a couple blocks away. But it’s true: amid the buzz of 400 South and the City Library, the Salt Lake […]

The Minds Behind the Magic

By Melissa Fields “I don’t have any numbers to back this up, but I would bet that Salt Lake City has one of the highest numbers of museums per capita in the country,” speculated Clark Planetarium Education and Exhibits Manager Durand “Duke” Johnson as toddlers and tweens bobbed and weaved around him on a typically […]

Flying Objects

By: Dana Hernandez, Salt Lake City Public Art Program Manager Downtown is made more whimsical, interesting and unique through arts and culture. Our one-of-a-kind murals, installations and sculptures all add to downtown’s colorful presence. We’re privileged to have a plethora of public art downtown—art free and accessible to everyone— supported by both private and public […]

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