Youth Artisan Entrepreneur Program

The Craft Lake City Youth Artisan Entrepreneur Program provides free, enriching afterschool arts instruction and mentoring for elementary and middle school kids in an afterschool setting, while teaching entrepreneurial skills. Held at sites throughout Salt Lake County, the program prepares kids to exhibit at Kid Row, the youth entrepreneur vendor section of the DIY Festival.

Supporting the Next Generation of Creative Makers

In 2023, Craft Lake City partnered with Backman Elementary School, Promise South Salt Lake’s Hser Ner Moo Community Center and Salt Lake County’s Youth Services’ Kearns Jr High Afterschool Program to provide a series of afterschool artisan and entrepreneurial workshops for students. The program includes onsite visits from a variety of working artists within Craft Lake City’s network. Artists demonstrate and discuss their craft, outline their journey to becoming a successful full-time artist, and provide an experience interacting with a positive role model in a creative field. This program is designed to provide free, enriching afterschool arts programming for youth and show them that a career as an artist is achievable. Students also spend time creating products they can sell as Kid Row vendors at the 16th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival Presented By Harmons.

In addition to the art instruction, Craft Lake City staff work with students on their entrepreneurial skills, including developing their business brand, designing their Kid Row booth layout, and role playing interacting with customers. The final step of their entrepreneurial instruction is participation in Kid Row in August, which allows the kids to put their new business skills into action in a real-world festival setting while celebrating their creative accomplishments and earning money!

Experiences Gained:

→Coming up with a “brand”

→Creating an inventory & developing crafting skills

→Creating signage & decorations for the booth

→Pricing & cash handling

→Talking to customers & other exhibitors

→Making sales

Participants practicing illustration with local artist Ricky Vigil

Youth entrepreneur selling their original drawings on Kid Row at the DIY Fest

Student in Promise South Salt Lake’s afterschool program practicing pointallism painting techniques with artist Elizabeth Walsh

Backman Elementary kids learn embroidery with Audrey from HeyBeFab

A youth entrepreneur talks with a customer about her work at Kid Row

A Backman Elementary student makes cyanotypes with artist Haylee Canonico

Busy day on Kid Row at the 14th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival Presented By Harmons

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Thank you to our generous funders


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