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The arts are in full swing this summer! 

Snap your fingers in time with the band, tingle with excitement as the curtain rises on the stage, stumble your way through jaw-dropping galleries, and gasp with surprise as you feel the creativity flowing beneath your fingertips.

There is something special for everyone to experience and create. Art is alive in our campus and community!

6/1 - 6/2 | Utah Pride Festival in Washington Square Park
Be on the lookout for U students, staff, and faculty marching in the parade! The U will also have a booth at the festival.

6/5-6/6 + 6/8 | RDT Link Series presents The Woods Dance Project’s REDUCER in the Rose Wagner Center for the Performing Arts
Directed/choreographed by U Dance alum Nichelle Wood, this evening of dance features fellow U Dance alums and staff in a thrilling performance and talkback.

6/14 | Blooming with Pride at Red Butte Garden
U Art alums and individuals Megan Foote, Kat Nix, Mal Strunk, and Lya Yang will display their artistic creations and floral designs representing their diverse experience and journeys within the LGBTQIA+ community.

6/14 - 6/15 | Utah Blues Festival in Gallivan Center
An annual fundraiser and festival put on by the Utah Blues Society that brings together SLC’s largest gathering of Blues Fans!

6/14 - 6/15 | RDT Link Series presents Playground Dance Project at Rose Wagner Center for the Performing Arts
U Dance MFA candidate Roxanne Gray directs the 2nd year of this dance series. 5 choreographers and 15 dancers are chosen through a community audition process to create 5 separate works in just 8 hours of rehearsal time.

6/15 | UMFA presents Third Saturday for Families: Comic Books at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts
The UMFA invites families to view the “Pictures of Belonging: Miki Hayakawa, Hisako Hibi, and Miné Okubo,” exhibition and then teaches them how to create a comic book about their daily life. This activity is inspired by Miné Okubo, one of the trailblazing artists featured in the exhibit who documented her experiences during her incarceration in Topaz through drawings. 

6/17 - 6/29 | Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition at the Jeanne Wagner Theatre
37 pianists, including U Music alum Misha Galant, representing 11 countries will compete for prizes and the opportunity to perform with the Utah Symphony in Abravanel Hall this June.

6/17 - 7/12 | University of Utah Ballet Summer Intensive (UBSI) in the Marriott Center for Dance
U Dance offers two ballet summer intensives for junior (ages 13-14) and advanced (ages 15+) dancers. Participants experience the highest standard of Classical Ballet in a safe and inclusive atmosphere while supported by renowned ballet masters and contemporary faculty, beautiful facilities, and the amazing Salt Lake City landscape.

6/17 - 10/5 | Utah Shakespeare Festival in various venues within the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts
U Theatre faculty take center stage: see “Silent Sky,” by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Melinda Pfundstein, featuring Prof. Sarah Shippothas in the role of Williamina Fleming. Also present for the entire festival are costume designs by Prof. and Head of the U Theatre Performing Arts Design program, Brenda Van der Wiel.

6/24, 7/8, 7/15, 7/29, 8/5 | Intermezzo Chamber Music Series in Libby Gardner Concert Hall
U Music hosts this enthralling musical series. Listen to classic works by Handel, Shubert, Shostakovich, Mozart, Beethoven, and more. This is an Arts Pass event and is free for U of U students with their UCard.

6/27 | UMFA presents Cyanotype Sun Prints at the Day-Riverside Library
A rare experience to be had in learning and creating cyanotype prints of natural objects using the sun.

6/28 | Wild & Scenic Film Festival: BLACK, BOLD & BRILLIANT at the Tracy Aviary
Presented by Outdoor Auntie x Utah Film Center’s Black, Bold & Brilliant program, U Film folks and friends ages 21+ will enjoy a night of film-watching under the stars. This year’s short collection features the film, Apayauq, by local filmmaker Zeppelin Zeerip. The event supports Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Disabled, and LGBTQ+ communities engaging with outdoor sports, public lands, and environmental activism with outdoor films and local vendors. Bring chairs and/or a blanket.

6/28 - 6/30 | Utah Arts Festival in Library Square in Downtown Salt Lake City
Now in its 48th year and one of tne of the longest-running arts festivals in the country, UAF showcases 170+ artists and 200+ performers over three days. Headlining acts include Steely Dead, Andy Frasco + the U.N., Cool Cool Cool, future.exboyfriend, and the Plastic Cherries alongside local bands, DJs, dancers (like Tanner Dance!), storytellers, slam poets, muralists (like U Art alum Mason Fetzer and his annual “100 Artists/ ONE image”) and more. **College of Fine Arts students, staff, faculty, alumni, and professional affiliates. CFA5 for $5 off your ticket (or up to 4 adult tickets) through 6/24 at** 

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