Since its inception in 1931, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art has become a renowned haven of culture in the Salt Lake City community. The museum is a multi-year recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and its numerous accolades include Best of State in 2011 and 2012. Its four gallery spaces have hosted exhibitions by local artists, such as LeConte Stewart and Anna Campbell Bliss, as well as famous names, such as Ignacio Uriarte, Christian Jankowski, and Jennifer West.
In addition to gallery displays, the museum hosts film screenings, classes, and other activities that promote appreciation of the arts. A museum educator drives an art truck to schools along the Wasatch Front, introducing students to contemporary art and activating windshield wipers that spray paintbrush cleaner. Kids and parents can see the current artwork and create their own collaborative, hands-on projects during free Family Art Saturdays, and adults can get a crash course in art appreciation during Art Fitness Training.
Shafts of sunlight pierce Tracy Aviary’s dense conifer forest, sending great grey owls into hiding until nightfall, when they emerge to hunt silently above the treetops. The Owl Forest is just one of five diverse ecosystems that dot the aviary’s eight acres. Nearby, at the South American Pavilion, aviary keepers tend to keel-billed toucans as their colorful beaks break through the cereal boxes in which they incubate. And on the Kennecott Wetland, visitors can espy long-billed curlews and American coots roosting in the tall grass.
In addition to providing a diverse habitat in which native and endangered species can thrive, Tracy Aviary’s curators strive to educate visitors about threats to avian species and to encourage stewardship. To that end, the aviary frequently hosts bird encounters, small group talks with avian keepers, and even the opportunity to feed various species.
The Living Planet Aquarium has become one of Utah´s most unique and popular attractions, and is definitely a must-see if you are planning a trip to Utah. Exhibits feature sharks, rays, seahorses, jellyfish as well as octopus, eels, starfish, amphibians, trout and other freshwater species.
Rebuilt in 1924 after a devastating fire, Union Station houses three distinct history museums within its Spanish Colonial Revival–style walls. While strolling through Utah State Railroad Museum, guests can examine interactive displays and artifacts illustrating the construction of the transcontinental railroad. The John M. Browning Firearms Museum provides an inside look at Browning’s original pistol inventions, which include single-shot rifles and gas-powered machine guns. And in the Browning-Kimball Classic Car Museum, engine revvers cruise past a 1929 Packard and other vintage transportation devices, including a dinosaur-drawn carriage.
More than two decades ago, Angy Ford, the owner of Bravo Arts Academy, taught her first piano lesson. In the years that followed, Angy’s student base steadily grew, taking over her home-studio space and filling it with noise like a college roommate with no conception of personal space. Angy was heartened by this positive response and overwhelmed by the number of students knocking at her door, so she moved her operation to its current Ogden studio space, which, like the home studio that came before, has continued to expand. Here, Angy couples her bread-and-butter music classes with a host of other engaging pursuits—from art classes to dance lessons—that help kids develop confidence, coordination, and artistic skills. The academy’s facilities invite tots to tumble over thick foam, ballerinas to pirouette over a floating marley floor, and pianists to tickle the ivories in a group setting.
Broken down by age group, the academy’s offerings include preschool, where classes are kept small and incorporate sign language into the curriculum, and extends all the way to private music lessons for adults. Angy models her daycare after the best practices she observed while visiting more than 50 childcare centers, encouraging creativity and learning rather than running infants through daily gauntlets of strength.
After captivating listeners as part of the Davis Arts Council's "Summer Nights with the Stars" series, Alex Boyé returns to inflate Layton community ears with an aural dose of holiday spirit. During the one-night performance, the seasoned singer will gracefully pirouette across the notes of adored classics alongside Mark Robinette's Amp'd Up Band, whose fine-tuned measures provide warm refuge from wintery chills and pickpocketing snowmen. Having sold more than half a million CDs worldwide, Boyé slides onto the stage with 15 years of experience embedded into his gold-plated vocal cords, including crowd-pleasing hits in 15 countries, a chart-topping album with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and several heartwarming duets with local shopping-mall Santas.
Specializing in framing memorabilia, Canyon Gallery & Framing preserves prized possessions and treasured memories with expert custom-framing services and top-notch materials. Browsers can choose from more than 2,000 framing samples, hundreds of mats, and even different glass types, such as a museum glass that showcases works of art while offering a portal into any of the world's great art museums. Whether it's an impressive stamp collection or the dress from a baby's first trip to a haunted mansion, custom framing by a seasoned staff member carefully encases pieces in a specially designed frame ($75+) made with acid-free materials that aid in conservation.