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Call for Entries: Exhibitions on Main 2021/2022

THE BLOCKS presents Exhibitions on Main, an opportunity for our community to exhibit their stories, bodies of work, and more on Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City Artist Allowance: $400 Entry Deadline: Wednesday June 30, 2021 at 11:59 PM Please submit your entry to Cassandra Yerkes, cassandra@downtownslc.org. Your submission must be sent as one […]

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Urban Plein Air Call for Artists

Artist Allowance: $200, plus any tips collected Application Deadline: Wednesday June 30, 2021 at 11:59 PM Required Materials: Digital Portfolio in PDF format, details below DETAILS THE BLOCKS will provide selected artists with one 12”x12” canvases to complete during the two painting days (July 15 & 16) as well as a drop cloth. Artists will […]

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Celebrating One of the World’s Oldest Professions

If you’ve ever strolled downtown New Orleans, Nashville or San Francisco, you’re aware of how street performers—aka buskers—add to the cultural richness of those cities. This weekend, Salt Lake’s heart will thrum with a similar energy when more than 60 buskers descend on downtown as part of the third annual SLC Busker Fest.  “The last […]

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Finding Beauty in the Mundane

For many artists, one of the most unexpected aspects of this last, strange year was the space it provided to create. Such was the case for Joshua Graham, whose thought-provoking installation Walking In Place—borne from a yearlong walking practice—is on display now through May 22 at UMOCA. This year marks UMOCA’s 90th birthday and, as […]

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Rock On: Where to See Live Music in THE BLOCKS Right Now

Oh, live music, how we’ve missed thee. For many, catching a soloist, band or DJ performance in the intimate setting of a bar or nightclub allows a connection to both performers and the energy of others that just can’t be replicated on Zoom. Thankfully, as more and more Utahns get vaccinated, bars and clubs throughout […]

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Q&A with Utah Jazz Music Man, DJ Joune

Music and basketball are notions that, at first glance, seem about as disparate as night and day. But if you’ve ever sat in downtown Salt Lake’s Vivint Smart Home Arena to watch the Utah Jazz play, then you know how much music enhances the experience. (In fact, the NBA is one of the few national […]

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Happenings in THE BLOCKS to Help You Shake Off Winter

Spring is in the air and all Utahns age 16 and up are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. In other words, it’s time to celebrate. And while the return to “normal” over the next several months will be best described as gradual, the combination of warming temps and the waning pandemic is indeed heralding a […]

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Playwright Matthew Ivan Bennett on his new play ART & CLASS

In my new play, Art & Class, teacher Lucía Mendoza-Horne fights for her job and reputation after she’s accused of showing “pornography” to her sixth-grade art students by a white conservative parent. In a whirlwind of negotiation, her friend—and principal—shares how he understands what it means to be treated like an outsider:  …you may not […]

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An Artistic Tribute to Love 

There is perhaps no symbol that represents love more succinctly or simply than a heart. Which is one of the reasons why Emily Nicolosi chose this universal silhouette for koro loko, her jubilant sculpture installation, on display now in THE BLOCKS at the Gallivan Center.      In the meantime, you can check out koro loko, Nicolosi’s […]

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