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.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Utah Arts Festival Foundation is funded by grants, private donations, and program revenue. Please review our current 990 for more info.

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 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 4-person staff and Program Coordinators, Board of Directors, and many volunteers.


Lisa Sewell - Executive Director
Aimée Dunsmore - Assistant Director/Development Director
Lindsay Garrahan - Development Associate
Amanda Neff - Program Manager

2018-2019 Board of Directors

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

Patricia K. Callahan, Board Chair

Ken Ament
David Bateman
Katherine Fife
Aaron Garrett
Jill Greenwood
Lisa Killpack
Rich Knickerbocker
V. Kim Martinez
Shane Stroud
Joseph Szurgyi

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

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 Yard - Maggie Willis
Art & Technology - Beth Sallay
Beverages - Shirley "Weber" Knickerbocker
Box Office - Chad King
Composer Commissions - John Costa
Culinary Arts - Bob Raysor
Environmental Program - Margaret Grochocki & Oscar Juarez
Exhibition - Lisa Sewell
Face Painting - Adam Stapley
Fear No Film Festival - Derek Mellus
Friends Patio - Sean Woodward
Graphic Design - Kevin Perry
Hospitality Patio - Dayna McKee
Information Booth / Festival Store - Yolanda Kunder
Jazz Commission - Brian Booth
Literary Program - Rebeca Mae
Marketing, Media & Public Relations - TBA
Performing Arts - Steve “Doc” Floor
Production / Rentals - Ann Gust
Sky Box
- Nikki Stookey
Stage Production
- Patrick Heltman
Tech & Production - Patrick Burns
Toddler Zone - Shannon Moss
Urban Arts - Pablo Pinet & Lexi Rose
Volunteers - Kaye Wankier & Melinda Cammans
Website - Jocelyn Kearl & Troy Mumm, Third Sun Productions