The Craft Lake City DIY Festival was formed in 2009 by Angela H. Brown, editor and publisher of SLUG (Salt Lake UnderGround) Magazine, as a way to showcase local DIY (do it yourself) culture. We’ve prided ourselves on the mission of helping educate, promote and inspire local artisans, while elevating the creative culture of Utah as a whole. Through our workshops, fundraisers and other gallery showings, our organization has brought a newfound awareness of local crafts to the community, utilizing technology and art to elevate the DIY culture and the “buy local” sensibility that has helped Utah thrive over the years.
The first Craft Lake City festival was held in Salt Lake City at the Gallivan Center on August 8, 2009. It featured over 65 crafters and artists specializing in items such as silk-screened posters, reconstructed clothing, knitted items and jewelry, along with live entertainment provided by local Salt Lake bands, and boasted 3,000 attendees. Since then, Craft Lake has expanded to become the state’s largest, local-centric DIY arts festival, with over 200 local artisans, two stages for musical and dance performances, and local food vendors, hosting over 30,000 attendees and expanding to two days in 2013.
In Dec. 2011, Craft Lake City applied for and received 501-C3 non-profit status, which has developed the festival into its own organization, and granted it more opportunities to enhance Utah’s DIY arts culture. Craft Lake City also broadened its definition of “craft” in 2012 to encompass all things handmade, including craft food and DIY engineers (electronic makers). The festival now hosts monthly events that include workshops, gallery shows, DIY gatherings, fundraisers and collaborative projects with like-minded organizations such as the Salt Lake Film Festival, the Utah Art Alliance and The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change.
The 2014 DIY Festival will be held at the Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main Street, on Aug. 8 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Aug. 9 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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