Announcing NEW Craft Workshops and STEM Labs with Craft Lake City!

Mental health challenges can often arise in response to a person’s life circumstances and the environment. This workshop will examine the context for mental health challenges and present scientifically-verified coping strategies that can help build resilience through creativity, connection, and guided journaling. Rather than relying on the formulaic, one-size fits all template journals, this workshop will result in a collage journal that reflects the uniqueness of each individual at the same time as providing a structure to help shape a narrative around your personal mental health experiences. Additionally, in order to help this self-care oriented workshop create a community connection, we will be donating 10% of ticket sales to Valley Behavioral Health, a local community-oriented mental health and addiction treatment center.

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About The Instructor: Claire Adams is the Associate Director of the Community Writing Center and Associate Professor of Humanities at Salt Lake Community College. Claire was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and moved to the United States in November 2007. Claire has studied creative writing & mental health journaling at workshops taught by Cheryl Strayed & Roda Ahmed. She is also the alt spring break faculty lead for the Intersectional Approaches to Mental Health trip. At the Community Writing Center, Claire works on the youth programs. As an associate professor of humanities at Salt Lake Community College, Claire develops curriculum for and teaches the Intro to Humanities 1100 class and the Essentials of the Humanities 1010 (Online). She also teaches INTL 2040 The Immigrant Experience Through Literature & Film class. In her spare time, she is passionate about refugee advocacy and enjoys running, hiking, skiing and paddle boarding.


Are you tired of people telling you that your objects are impossible? Well it’s time to prove them wrong with this curious 3D design workshop. Instructor Zach Hagen will walk you through the process of designing a 3D print (no experience necessary), working with templates to start and building customized objects that make the impossible, possible. Due to the unique way 3D printers work, you can create mind-blowing objects-inside-objects-inside-objects, customizing cube fractals that will access your logic and creativity in equal parts. At the end of the workshop, your design will be sent to Imagine That 3D’s printing facility and be ready for pickup within the week.

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About The Instructor: “To be able to hold something you created in a program is just amazing!” says Zach Hagen of Imagine That 3D. Zach has been doing 3D Printing for about 10 years, starting by building his own 3d printer out of wood and zip – it may not have worked well but was very cool at the time. He has been designing in three dimensions since high school and majored in Architecture sustainable design and mechanical design in college. To fulfill his final requirements, creating a physical model of an architectural design, he decided to try 3D Printing for the first time… it blew his mind and he has been printing ever since.


Join us at the intersection of cutting edge science and creative exploration! Our expert guests will walk us through the world of engineering, atmospheric science, and planetary habitability while you create a glow-doodle journal and SciFi story under the guidance of our Community Writing Center partners.

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About the Workshop Host: Kati Lewis is an associate professor of English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) and the director of the SLCC Community Writing Center. She teaches creative writing, monsters in popular U.S. literature, critical theory, composition, and queer studies. She’s a hybrid genre writer who needs to make more time for writing, a lover who needs to make more time for being in love, a marathoner who makes hearty attempts at running more, mother and quasi-artist/quasi-chef/quasi-yogi. Her science fiction, horror, and magical realism work explores themes of silence and voice. Most of her essays and short stories are fragmented narratives. Fragmentation allows her to experiment with point of view, time, and memory as witness, censor, and survivor.

About the Workshop Guest: Adam Dastrup has spent more than 15 years at SLCC, Adam has taught courses in natural disasters, physical and world geography, GIS, environmental science and global positioning systems. In 2019, he created the Utah System of Higher Education’s first drone certificate program, and he is also the founder of Open Geography Education (OGE), where he developed online textbooks and made them available at no cost to students. With the three textbooks that he created, Adam has saved SLCC students roughly $1.3 million since 2015. The books are also available to students worldwide.

Come make a lovely terrazzo resin tray with recycled glass or thrifted white melamine at our upcoming resin workshop with local artisan Teresa Romney of EVIG Clips! Learn the ins-and-outs of working with resin, gaining hands-on experience & expert insight on how to mix, measure, & pick the right resins for smooth, even results. Using a quick-cure resin for the workshop project, you will take home a custom handmade tray that’s finished setting that very night! All supplies are provided, and beginners are welcome. Attendees will also receive a bonus $10 gift card to one of the restaurants at Valley Fair for their next visit!

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About The Instructor: Teresa loves creating mixed media art using resin and various materials. She started her business EVIG Clips to share her art and style with more people. She believes resin hair clips are practical pieces of art that help others express their style, as well!


Learn how to make your own terrarium in an oversize Mason jar using local mosses and other natural elements! Join Utah local and biology nerd, Lexi Dowdall, in a brief discussion about the importance of the water cycle and how it impacts us and the ecosystems along the Wasatch Front. We’ll then recreate the water cycle in miniature by building our own terrariums with rocks, soil and mosses. This class is great for science fans and folks of all ages, including children! All materials and supplies are provided for this class.

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About The Instructor: Lexi is a Utah native who earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Puget Sound in Washington. Forever fascinated by the natural world around her, Lexi loves to hike, bike and ski in the Wasatch Mountains and beyond. Lexi works in the ski industry and recently taught herself how to paint with watercolors, opening her own online art shop and drawing inspiration from the landscapes of Utah.


About Our Venue Partners

Craft Lake City is delighted to be collaborating with the Community Writing Center to launch our STEM Labs workshop series! The Community Writing Center was founded with a simple philosophy: everyone can write. You may not think of yourself as a writer, but think about all the writing that you did today alone. Did you make an update on social media? Perhaps you wrote an email? Text much? Or have you ever kept a journal? If you have written anything, you are a writer. At the Community Writing Center, they challenge all the myths that prevent people from thinking they can write. And as a community writing center, they go beyond simply helping writers like you write—they seek to build their community by joining people together for the sheer joy of expressing themselves through writing.


Craft Lake City is thrilled to be partnering with Imagine That 3D for our brand new STEM Labs workshop series. Imagine That 3D is Utah’s one stop 3D Printing Market Place, education, and service bureau. They harness 3D Printing to help everyone make and share designs with the world, making product design more accessible, personal, and inspiring. Watch your imagination come to life at Imagine That 3D!



Craft Lake City is excited to continue our partnership with Valley Fair for 2022! Valley Fair offers over 830,000 square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment, with over 120 shops and restaurants for workshop attendees to enjoy before or after class! At Valley Fair, you can catch a movie at Megaplex Theatres & IMAX, score at All Star Bowling & Entertainment, and enjoy hours of fun with your kids at the Town Center splash pad. Valley Fair has a newly remodeled Town Center that is perfect for concerts, events, parties and an all around fun community hub to enjoy.


Craft Lake City is pleased to be continuing our collaboration with the Natural History Museum of Utah to present our Spring 2022 workshop programming, with a return to in-person workshops! The NHMU mission is to “illuminate the natural world and the place of humans within it.” Craft Lake City is proud to manifest this mission statement with our upcoming workshops, which are designed to celebrate the beauty of the natural world.

For more information about the Natural History Museum of Utah’s current and upcoming exhibitions, and to purchase museum tickets, please visit the NHMU website here.

About Craft Lake City:

Founded in 2009 by Angela H. Brown, Executive Editor of SLUG (Salt Lake UnderGround) Magazine, Craft Lake City® is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the 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 strives to further define the term “Craft,” by modernizing the definition for handmade creativity. @craftlakecity

Craft Lake City’s year-round programming is supported in part by the residents of Salt Lake County through the Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program, the Salt Lake Arts Council, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, and Utah Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts.