In 2016, Craft Lake City started our DIY Fest Inclusion Program to make our Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival more inclusive to makers from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Craft Lake City is thrilled to be partnering with the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council this year to further expand our scholarship offerings for the 15th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival Presented By Harmons by providing the ArtAbility Scholarship! This scholarship is specifically for people with disabilities who aspire to use their passion, skills and talents to build a small business as an artisan.
“UDDC is excited to be working with Craft Lake City and the DIY Festival to launch the first-ever ArtAbility Scholarship,” says Libby Oseguera, UDDC’s Executive Director. “We hope this funding opportunity opens doors for the wider disability community to come together and share their talents! Open access is an important role in supporting all people to fully participate in their communities. We know there are talented artisans who are also people with disabilities, and we look forward to highlighting new and existing DIYers in partnership with Craft Lake City.”
The ArtAbility Scholarship includes waived booth fees for participation in the 15th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival Presented By Harmons and one-on-one mentorship from a seasoned DIY Fest exhibitor before, during and after the event. The scholarship recipient will train alongside our five Artisan Scholars as part of our Artisan Scholarship & Mentor Program, providing them with ample networking opportunities and support from a cohort of scholars and mentors. Craft Lake City is offering one ArtAbility scholarship this year, but we hope to expand this program in future years.
Application Assistance at the UDDC Office
This year, Craft Lake City will be hosting our annual Application Assistance Day on Tues., March 28 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the UDDC office to further support makers with disabilities in the application process. Application Assistance Days are free and open to anyone who needs support completing their application for the DIY Fest. Since providing quality photos is such an important part of the application process, we provide free professional photography services at these events to help applicants present their work at its best. Craft Lake City staff are on hand to answer any questions or help DIY Fest and scholarship applicants complete and submit their applications on site.
We also offer pre-recorded virtual support that prospective applicants can access anytime from anywhere and will be holding a virtual Q&A on Weds., March 15 open to all prospective applicants.
At the 15th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival Presented By Harmons, makers can display and sell their handcrafted wares and connect with an incredibly talented group of other local makers, artisans, vintage vendors, foodies, youth entrepreneurs, performers, & STEM exhibitors — all while building their business & befriending thousands of local dedicated DIY Fest patrons! Applications are open to Utah residents until Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. MST.
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.
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.
The 15th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival Presented by Harmons is Utah’s largest local-centric art, music, science and technology festival. The DIY Fest features hundreds of local artisans, vintage vendors, foodies, youth entrepreneurs, performers, & STEM exhibitors over three days the second weekend of August. The 15th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival Presented by Harmons is sponsored by Google Fiber, Mark Miller Subaru, SLUG Mag Stage, and Utah Afterschool Network. Additional support is provided 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, Utah Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts.