Craft Lake City’s Mission Statement
Craft Lake City® is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Our Mission: To educate, promote and inspire local artisans while elevating the creative culture of the Utah arts community through science, technology and art.
Craft Lake City’s DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Festival® is Utah’s largest local-centric, three-day arts festival, with over 300 local artisans, DIY engineers, vintage vendors, and craft food creators, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Building, two stages of music and dance performances, local food vendors, food trucks, a kids’ area, DIY workshops areas, a VIP lounge and approximately 20,000 attendees. Craft Lake City will host the 9th annual festival at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City on Fri., August 11, Sat., Aug. 12 and Sun., Aug. 13, 2017. Admission is $5, children 12 and under are free.
Craft Lake City strives to further define the term “Craft,” broadening the definition to encompass all things handmade. Crafters at the DIY Festival are represented in categories such as: craft food, DIY engineers (electronic makers), artisans, vintage curators, and performers.
Craft Lake City facilitates local arts and crafts throughout the year, providing artists of all mediums with the chance to promote themselves and their work, as well as educating the community on the local DIY culture through workshops, demonstrations, community partnerships, gallery shows and fundraisers. We promote regional spending and encourage the public to shop locally and support independent artisans whose crafts are handmade.
Formed in 2009 by Angela H. Brown, editor and publisher of SLUG (SaltLakeUnderGround) Magazine, the organization believes Utah’s unique crafting history and cultural background provides a fertile foundation for the local alternative arts community to grow and flourish, and seeks to strengthen and support it through various activities. The Craft Lake City DIY Festival began as a SLUG Magazine event in 2009. Due to the Festival’s popularity, Craft Lake City was officially incorporated as a nonprofit corporation by the IRS on December 2, 2011.
The Craft Lake City DIY Festival has grown from a one-day festival in 2009, to a two-day festival in 2013, to a three-day festival in 2016. In 2012, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) building was added to feature local DIY tinkerers and cutting edge science and engineering organizations that blend art and technology. The festival continues to grow, featuring more artisans and unique new exhibits each year.
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