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5 reasons why the arts make Salt Lake City great

Written for THE BLOCKS by Kathleen Sykes As a teenager, I remember lamenting about living in Salt Lake. “There’s nothing to do!” I would whine. “There’s no culture!” I complained. Now that I have 10+ years of perspective, I can admit that I was wrong. This city is filled with accessible, incredible art—you just have […]

Excellence in the Community Celebrates Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month, Excellence in the Community will feature artists of color during the month of February. Don’t miss celebrated vocalist Dee Dee Darby Duffin and local favorite Joshy Soul & The Cool. Founded in 2005, Excellence in the Community is 501C3 nonprofit organization based on the premise that Utah’s best musicians and […]

The Internation Tolerance Project: Promoting Dialogue Through Design

TOLERANCE is an international traveling poster exhibition conceived and organized by renowned designer, Mirko Ilić, and co-produced with Salt Lake City’s Dallas Graham, founder of the Red Fred Project. The posters you will encounter were created by designers from across the globe, in their language and dealing with topics of tolerance they care about. So far the show has […]

Call For Artists – Main Street Kiosk Project

THE BLOCKS is looking for local artists to help re-purpose the four kiosks located along Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City. Artwork will be located along the panels of the bottom half of the kiosk structures. This is an opportunity for our creative community to introduce more dialogue, color, and voice into our downtown […]

Up Your Gift-Giving Game

The holidays are approaching and we know that you have some (or a lot) shopping to do. Up your gift-giving game this year – get your friends and family something made by a local artist/maker! Traditional galleries spaces are a great place to start your holiday shopping. THE BLOCKS is filled with amazing galleries to […]

Utah Division of Arts & Museums Statewide Annual Exhibition

The Statewide Annual Exhibition is held in the Rio Gallery at the Historic Rio Grande Train Depot. The show is free and open to the public and will run November 16, 2018 through January 11, 2019. This year, the Utah ’18: Craft, Photography, & Video/Digital exhibition had a record number of entries for the media category! […]

Illuminate Salt Lake 2018

The Utah Arts Alliance presents the second annual ILLUMINATE Light Art and Technology Festival, November 9 & 10 in downtown Salt Lake City. This free event invites the community to explore and see Salt Lake in a new light through art and technology. More than 50 individual artists and performers will work with technology, using […]

Ken Sanders Rare Books

Ken Sanders Rare Books, a true cultural staple in THE BLOCKS and a local treasure, was founded in 1990 and has been at its downtown location since 1997. You can find all manner of things in the quaint shop. The vast collection includes art, ephemera, maps, postcards, and photography in addition to new, used, and […]

Interactive Map

THE BLOCKS is excited to release a new Interactive Map on our website! The map features three layers of information that can be used to find public art and murals; venues, museums, galleries and cultural landmarks; and coffee shops, restaurants and bars. We think this map will help you to plan any visit and explore […]

THE BLOCKS Summer in Review

It’s been a long summer full of amazing events, art and people in THE BLOCKS. In case you missed anything, here is a quick review:     Also in July, THE BLOCKS led a Community Mural at the 200 West Underpass. This project involved six local artists who designed and prepped the mural before it was […]

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