Logos of organizations who sent the "save summer" letter

Help Save Summer

Nearly 30 cultural organizations, entertainment companies and professional sports teams urged their season ticket holders, subscribers and supports to stay home in order to hopefully save summer and fall events.,

The Bold Colors of Healing

How a mural project led youth-in-custody to express new hope South Salt Lake — “Stay Motivated” is the bold, inspiring message anchoring a new mural decorating the basketball gym at Salt Lake Valley Detention Center. It’s also a personal motto for graffiti artist Tracy Williams, who led scores of youth-in-custody to create the artwork splashed across three walls. “I’ve got …

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Better Days 2020 Historian Katherine Kitterman on women’s suffrage history

In this engaging, and quick paced interview, Kitterman offers an introduction (a beginner’s primer) on the history of Utah’s women suffrage movement. She outlines all the events, people and circumstances, covering 1870 to 1920.  Kitterman also explains the two big anniversaries coming up in 2020. First, the 150th anniversary of the first American woman, under a women’s suffrage law, to …

Thomas Alexander on Utah’s Most Well Known Historical Figure — Brigham Young

11.18.2019 (Episode 2) Thomas G. Alexander Unassuming, perhaps even shy, Thomas G. Alexander is one of Utah’s most important living Western and Utah historians. Now retired after nearly forty years on the faculty at Brigham Young University, Alexander continues to produce ground breaking history.  He is the author (author, co-author or editor) of over twenty-nine books, and has published over …

Bagley on the Value and Purpose of History

11.04.2019 (Episode 1) Guest Bio Will Bagley Author, co-author or editor of over twenty books about Western, Utah and Mormon history, Bagley is something of a “burr in the saddle” for many in the Utah and Mormon history establishment. Previously a technical writer and journalist, the latter for the Salt Lake Tribune (best known for his column “History Matters,” 2000–2004), …

In three acts: Creating an opera by children

Crafting your own musical stories offers a little bit of everything, arts supporters say, but kids admit it’s a lot of work. By Ellen Fagg Weist | Photography by Todd Anderson Act 1 The first rule of the Opera by Children program is that students, not the adults, do the work. Over one school year, students work with teachers and …

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Rediscovering cultural heritage, one seed at a time

By Ellen Fagg Weist | Photography by Todd Anderson First came the blessing of the seeds. On a dramatically overcast spring evening, Mayan artist Maria Elena Ku’lub Gomez offered a prayer in her native language, Tzeltzal. Her words were infused with the smoky scent of copal tree resin burning over a ceremonial corn-studded altar incorporating 13 seeds and flowers. Next …

Rachel Cook, Utah Sate Library, organizes books for the new Odyssey House library.

Youth in Treatment Center Get New Library

Books that better reflect the life experiences of youth and address current issues have replaced many aging, outdated books at the Odyssey House in Salt Lake City.

Twenty years on, Spy Hop is growing up

How does a hip youth arts agency stay digitally relevant as it enters its third decade? By Ellen Fagg Weist | Photography by Keith Johnson In the grand tradition of indie bands, Sincerely, The Universe found inspiration for its name from graffiti scribbled on a bathroom stall.  The name suited a band of musicians thrown together in Spy Hop’s after-school …

Can a play change the world? Or really, change the conversation about youth suicide in Utah?

Utah Shakespeare Festival has a ‘brilliant’ idea about using art to spark complicated conversations about what’s worth living for. By Ellen Fagg Weist The Utah Shakespeare Festival is skilled at producing shows for youth audiences, thanks to the theater company’s 25-year history of sending classic plays on the road. But with this fall’s Utah high school tour of “Every Brilliant …

WORLD WAR II MEMORIALS AND HISTORICAL SITES

During the next year, Utahns and the nation as a whole will be remembering and recognizing the 75th anniversary for the end of World War II (1939-1945).  — By Brad Westwood, Senior Public Historian May 8, 2020 will be the anniversary date for the Allies (Great Britain, USA, France and Russia) victory in Europe over the Axis Powers: Italy, Germany …