Originally launched in 2016, this program seeks to foster a creative community that is accessible to and representative of all Utahns. It supports individuals from refugee, under-represented, and/or socially or economically excluded communities in order to provide opportunities for everyone to creatively and economically thrive. In 2023, this program served around 900 Utahans. Components of the program include the following inclusion efforts for both the DIY Fest and Holiday Market:
The objectives established to uphold this mission are as follows:
- Providing Equal Opportunity
- Supporting Business Development
- Promoting DIY Culture
- Enable Digital Access
Application support services encompass various helpful offerings, such as application fee waivers, ensuring financial accessibility for applicants. Additionally, we have Application Assistance Day and Virtual Application Assistance Day, providing valuable guidance, professional photography services and resources to streamline the application process.
Application Assistance Days
Free in-person and online events for anyone who would like assistance applying for the DIY Festival and/or Holiday Market. Craft Lake City staff answer questions, assist with the digital application process, and provide free professional photography services to support applicants in showcasing their work.
Scholar & Mentor Program
Craft Lake City’s DIY Festival and Holiday Market aim to empower individual artisans, creatives, and small business owners in Utah. These events provide opportunities for participants to showcase their work, attract new customers, and boost sales while promoting a thriving DIY culture. To promote inclusivity and equity, Craft Lake City has implemented the Scholar and Mentor Program, offering exhibitors in artisan, vintage, and craft food categories business training, networking, waived booth fees, and ongoing one-on-one mentorship surrounding the Annual Craft Lake City Event.
DIY Fest Exclusive
Scholarships for exhibiting in the Google Fiber STEM Building are available for small, local non-profit groups, whose mission is related to education in STEM fields. Scholarships are awarded on a sliding scale and may waive entire booth fees. To apply for a scholarship, click the button below to fill out the STEM Scholarship Funding Match Up Form by the applications deadlines.
Kid Row Scholarships
DIY Fest Exclusive
The Kid Row Scholarships provide select kid artisans with waived exhibitor participation fees. The Kid Row Scholarships are presented as part of Craft Lake City’s DIY Festival Inclusion Program, which is designed to support individuals from underrepresented and/or socially or economically excluded communities.
Sponsored Entrepreneur Program
Sponsored Families Program
New Americans Workshop Series
While Craft Lake City cannot guarantee that all requests can be met, our team is committed to making reasonable accommodations to ensure that attendees can successfully participate in our programs. If you have any questions about the accessibility of Craft Lake City events or programs or would you like to request accommodations, please fill out the form below