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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.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Utah Arts Festival Foundation is funded by grants, private donations, and program revenue. For additional information about the Festival’s IRS designation or 990 documents, please contact Aimée Dunsmore, Executive Director at  or 801-322-2428.

Time & Location

The Utah Arts Festival will be held August 27-29, 2021 at Library Square from Noon to 11pm on Fri/Sat, Noon to 9pm Sun. A full time staff of three 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 70,000 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 3-person staff and Program Coordinators, Board of Directors, and many volunteers.

Staff

Aimée Dunsmore - Executive Director
Amanda Neff - Program Director
Meagan Mod - Development Director

2020-2021 Board of Directors

Board meetings are scheduled a month in advance and take place at the Festival Office, 230 South 500 West, Suite 120. For information about an upcoming meeting, contact Aimée Dunsmore at 801-322-2428 or .

Aaron Garrett, Board Chair

David Bateman
Marsha Fetzer
Katherine Fife
Jill Greenwood
Rich Knickerbocker
V. Kim Martinez
Jennifer Messer
Loren Micalizio
Rachel O’Crowley
Cuauhtemoc Sandoval
Shane Stroud
Joseph Szurgyi

Emeritus Board

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

Program Coordinators

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

Accounting - Ted Madsen
Artist Marketplace - Matt Jacobson & Sarah Baker Taylor
Art & Technology - Beth Sallay
Beverages - Shirley "Weber" Knickerbocker
Box Office - Chad King
Community & Inclusion - Sarah May
Composer Commission - John Costa
Creative Zone - Maggie Willis
Culinary Arts - Bob Raysor
Dance Commission - Allison DeBona & Rex Tilton, artÉmotion
Environmental Program - Jill Fletcher & Tyreese Hill
Fear No Film Festival - Derek Mellus
Friends Patio - Sean Woodward
Graphic Design - Kevin Perry
Hospitality Patio - Chelsea Kimball & Pete Wankier
Information Booth - Yolanda Kunder
Jazz Commission - Brian Booth
Literary Program - Kase Johnstun
Marketing, Media & Public Relations - Ken Kullack
Merchandise / Festival Store - Huge Brands
Performing Arts - Dayna McKee
Production / Rentals - Ann Gust, GCC
Signage - Aimee Horman
Stage Production - Patrick Heltman
Tech & Production - Patrick Burns
Urban Arts - Pablo Pinet
Volunteers - Kaye Wankier, Melinda Cammans, Nick Wankier
Website - Jocelyn Kearl & Troy Mumm, Third Sun Productions

Sponsors & Friends with Benefits Donors

We also could not pull off this annual festival without the generous support of our Festival sponsors and our Friends with Benefits donors. They not only provide financial and critical in-kind support, but they enthusiastically promote the Utah Arts Festival to their employees, friends, and family. We offer a big thanks to all of them!

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