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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 […]

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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! […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Salt Lake Design Week 2018

Salt Lake Design Week is a five-day festival that expands the public awareness about design by showcasing and celebrating the diversity of our city’s thriving design scene across all disciplines—graphic, digital, product, fashion, photography, architecture, furniture, interior, environmental, and more. Now in its eighth year, Design Week will again bring creativity to the forefront through […]

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Urban Plein Air Wrap Up

On September 13th, 14th and 15th, 25 local artists set out on the streets of downtown Salt Lake City to capture the people and places of our cultural core through plein air painting (painting outdoors). Collectively, they completed 50 works that feature 10 iconic venues and locations in THE BLOCKS, Salt Lake’s Cultural Core. The Urban […]

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Urban Plein Air in THE BLOCKS: Artist Profile

The Blocks, in partnership with the City and the County, are activating downtown streets and underutilized urban spaces during a three-day period—September 13, 14 & 15—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 […]

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