About the Utah Arts Festival

Our Mission

The mission of the Utah Arts Festival is to promote the arts and enhance the quality of life in Utah through the production of an annual outdoor, multi-disciplinary event in downtown Salt Lake City. We strive to maintain the highest artistic quality in our production and programming, represent excellence among a range of artistic mediums, and promote an appreciation for fine art while encouraging innovation in the field, and supporting non-traditional, contemporary works.

Time & Location

The annual Festival takes place the 4th weekend of June each summer and is held downtown in Salt Lake City at Library and Washington Squares. A full time staff of four and one part time person work year-round to produce the Festival. In addition, we engage seasonal coordinators to help plan and implement artistic programs each year. A technical staff, stage and production crews, along with more than 1,000 volunteers rounds out the personnel needed to produce the annual event.

Award-Winning Festival

The Utah Arts Festival is the largest outdoor multi-disciplinary arts event in Utah with attendance hovering over 80,000 each summer. Having garnered numerous awards internationally, nationally and locally, the event remains one of the premiere events that kicks off the summer in Utah each June.

Please explore our website to become a Utah Arts Festival participant--whether as a donor, sponsor, volunteer, artist, performer, or attendee.

The Producers of the Utah Arts Festival

The Utah Arts Festival is programmed and operated by a full-time 4-person staff and Program Coordinators, Board of Directors, and many volunteers.


Lisa Sewell - Executive Director
Patrick Burns - Assistant Director, Director of Operations
Aimee Dunsmore - Development Director
Tennille Palmer - Development Manager
Amanda Neff - Program Administrator

Program Coordinators

To reach our program coordinators, please contact Amanda Neff at the Festival’s offices (call 801-322-2428 or email ). 

Artist Marketplace - Matt Jacobson
Art Yard - Maggie Willis
Beverages - Shirley "Weber" Knickerbocker
Box Office - Chad King
Composer Commissions - John Costa, Henry Wolking
Culinary Arts - Bob Raysor
Environmental Program - Margaret Grochocki and Oscar Juarez
Exhibition - Lisa Sewell
Face Painting - Adam Stapley and Samantha Stapley
Fear No Film Festival - Topher Horman
Friend's Patio - Chad Ewell, and Shaun Hales
Graphic Design - Kevin Perry
Hospitality Patio - Dayna McKee
Information Booth / Festival Store - Mindy Dummer
Jazz Masters - Henry Wolking
Literary Program - Rebeca Mae
Mad Hatter - Caprice Schulte and Elysha Stroud
Makers Program - Henry Haskell, Jr.
Marketing, Media & Public Relations - Ashley Babbitt
Performing Arts - Steve “Doc” Floor
Special Projects
- Yolanda Kunder
Stage Production
- Patrick Heltman
Street Performers - Rich Nicholes
Tech & Production - Patrick Burns
Toddler Zone - Shannon Moss
Urban Arts - Mason Fetzer
Volunteers - Kaye Wankier and Mel Cammans
Website - Jocelyn Kearl and Troy Mumm, Third Sun Productions

2016-2017 Board of Directors

Board meetings are scheduled a month in advance and take place at the Festival Office, 230 South 500 West, Suite 120.

Jason Kimura, Board Chair

Ken Ament
David Bateman
Patricia Callahan
Carly Fetzer
Jill Greenwood
Tripp Hopkins
Lisa Killpack
Rich Knickerbocker
Kim Martinez
Mica McKinney
James Rees

Emeritus Board

Bruce Bell
Robert Bradley
Marsha Fetzer
Lee Goldberg
Edward B. Havas
Susan Koles
Rich Nordlund
Tamara Pluth
Betsy Slayton
Bob Springmeyer
Celia Willette