NEWS: Salt Lake City’s annual Craft Lake City Festival attained 501-c3 nonprofit status last week
Craft Lake City Becomes a 501-c3 Nonprofit Organization
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Sept. 21, 2012 – Salt Lake City’s annual Craft Lake City Festival attained 501-c3 nonprofit status last week.
Angela Brown, Festival Director, says, “I am enthusiastic to announce that the IRS has officially recognized Craft Lake City as a 501-c3 nonprofit organization! This new infrastructure presents us with a myriad of new opportunities and will ensure sustainability of the organization for its existence in future years. We look forward to keeping you updated on our progress in this area.”
Craft Lake City’s overarching vision is to validate, advocate, encourage and foster DIY art in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas. Craft Lake City not only holds an annual festival every August in downtown Salt Lake City, but also hosts community events throughout the year, such as workshops and public art exhibits, and partners with other local nonprofits to bring DIY art to the community in fresh, diverse, creative ways.
Craft Lake City hosts monthly craft workshops led by local artisans at a variety of Salt Lake City businesses. CLC advertises these workshops through our newsletters, distributed through www.craftlakecity.com.
Earlier this year, Craft Lake City joined forces with The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change to bring the work of Craft Lake City artisans to the streets in an outdoor gallery called “Celebration of the Hand.” Twelve Craft Lake City artisans present their works of art in steel frames next to the sidewalks on Broadway (300 South) between 200 West and 200 East.
Craft Lake City festival is an annual outdoor celebration of Utah’s DIY handmade culture. Held yearly in August at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City, the festival features over 200 local artisans and DIY Engineers, along with live entertainment that includes demonstrations, street performers, musical acts, and local food vendors. Craft Lake City welcomed nearly 15,000 attendees this year and featured new additions of street busking (street performing), food trucks, and a new category for 2012, DIY Engineers, in order to expand the term “craft” to include handmade items in all areas.
Craft Lake City has won a number of awards, including:
Salt Lake City Weekly – ARTYs Award 2012, “Best Crafty Street Art” (Celebration of the Hand exhibit)
Salt Lake Magazine – Best of the Beehive 2012, “Best Way to Arts and Craft”
Salt Lake City Weekly – Best of Utah Award 2012, “Best Downtown DIY Festival”
Salt Lake City Weekly – ARTYs Award 2009, “Best DIY Arts Fair”
About CLC: Craft Lake City is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that hosts monthly workshops, curates art exhibits and hosts a yearly DIY fest in Salt Lake City, Utah. Started by SLUG Editor Angela Brown in 2009, Craft Lake City encourages the local do-it-yourself culture. Craft Lake City mission is to educate, promote and inspire local artisans, while elevating the vibrant creative culture of the Utah arts community.