for Immediate Release
The First Annual Urban Arts Festival
Local artists and businesses celebrate urban art and culture.
Salt Lake City--May 21, 2011-- Gray Wall Gallery and the Utah Arts Alliance present the first annual Urban Arts Festival to be held on Saturday, May 21,2011 from 10am-9pm on Pierpont Ave between 300 W and 400 W. This event celebrates our urban artistic culture in a one-day event benefiting Youth City and Skate 4 Homies foundations. With live performances by local musicians, dancers, skateboarders, artist booths, the Pierpont shops,and more there's something for everyone at this event. The whole family can participate in art projects created by local youth groups and artists.
“This idea started as a community art project and snowballed into a street festival,” says Tamara Fox , Gray Wall Gallery partner. “I think the response we've gotten from musicians, artists, and the public proves how much this event is needed.”
Derek Dyer, director of the Utah Arts Alliance elaborates,”There hasn't been a showcase of this size for the urban arts and there is a great deal of talent in Salt Lake City. We are excited to be a part of providing a space for this kind of interaction and support.”
The day will begin at 10am and run throughout the day until 9pm. The event will take place along Pierpont Ave (between 300 West and 400 West). The entrance fee is a suggested $10 donation of either cash or art supplies. Artist and vendor booths will be open for the entire show and many will offer projects for youth and adults along with displays of their local goods. Art projects will be available from 10am-6pm. The major project is skate deck decoration for the public and will be held from10am-1pm. Using refurbished skate decks the public can express their creativity and be entered to win prizes. Entered skate decks will be hung in Gray Wall Gallery and judged by the public in multiple categories. Prizes will be awarded that evening with an additional chance to win a prize from online voting through the next week.
There will be entertainment throughout the day in many places around the festival and on two stages. A wide variety of urban music and performances will be showcased including Red Bennies, Bboy Federation, and the Rockgarage kids. Skate 4 Homies is sponsoring a skate course that will offer workshops, free skate times, and a competition from 1-3pm. The Uprok wall will be available for the public to take part in through out the day as well as showcasing professional artists.
The community can support the event through donations of cash or art supplies, raffles for great prizes donated by local businesses, and through volunteering. The event is sponsored by Gray Wall Gallery and the Utah Arts Alliance and proceeds go to Youth City and Skate 4 Homies in support of their youth programs. For more information on how to be involved and to see the schedule of events visit www.urbanartsfest.org.