Arts and Culture

The Connection Between Art and Activism

Oct 20, 2016
Meili Stokes


In a construction project to move oil across the United States, the Dakota Access Pipeline has been met with much resistance. The pipeline challengers have used art, song, video and other creative outlets to raise awareness of the dangers they believe the pipeline has toward the environment.

Utah State University

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish recently marked the beginning of a year-long celebration for its 75th anniversary in Cache Valley. The church building has been used to bring the congregation and community together through music.

The Utah Cultural Alliance survey was created to inform voters on the candidate’s stance on art and culture, as well as giving them a rating on how well they supported the arts.

The City Of Logan Celebrates Its First Pride Festival

Oct 11, 2016

Through music, art and rainbow wear the Cache Valley community gathered in downtown Logan to connect with LGBT folk and their allies.  

Rainbow-clad rollerbladders made their way through people wearing socks and t-shirts bearing the symbol of a community that, until now, has held out on the celebration.

The Africa Meets Africa project seeks to use cultural heritage, art and math to create a curriculum that connects children to their elders. The organization from South Africa was in Salt Lake City to collaborate with other educators interested in using the program in the U.S.

A trio of woodwind artists recently traveled from different parts of the country to perform in the Utah State University's Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art. The exhibit space where the PEN Trio performed is incomplete, which was intentional.

Creating Community With Little Free Libraries

Sep 27, 2016
Alyssa Robinson

The concept of the Tiny Free Library is simple - people build a small case on their property where they place books to share with the community. Some look like birdhouses, others, a recycled microwave or fridge. You can either borrow a book and bring it back or replace a book you want to keep with one of your own.

Photo: Mikey Kettinger

The band Beats Antique integrates elements of many musical styles into their records, ultimately producing a widely appreciated style that appeals to a diverse range of listeners. Their performances are popular due to their visual components: colorful lights create moving shapes covering the stage and a dynamic dancer comes and goes throughout the show.

Jason Gilmore

Indigenous to Salvador, Brazil is the fighting form known as Capoeira. From the outside, it might appear as an acrobatic dance or some sort of karate incorporating music and roundhouse kicks. The presentation is more theater than fighting to the outside observer. It is deceptively clever and excels at trickery. No mats are used here - this dance takes place on the streets.

Jason Gilmore

The identity of the modern Brazilian woman is ever changing. This complex story of female empowerment is a transnational one, but one that is especially visible in Brazil and Latin America. 

The drumming group Olodum can be heard throughout the streets of Salvador, Brazil.  Olodum's beats have become iconic of the Afro-Brazilian identity and culture of this colorful colonial city. Since 1979, Olodum has worked in Salvador to provide opportunities to at-risk youth through music, signing and dance. 

The annual Utah Arts Festival attracts artists from all over Utah and the American West.  Most vendors focus on exhibiting works that appeal to the masses: mountainous landscapes, cute comical portraits, furniture and fashion goods.  But one fine artist’s booth stood out among the typical art festival tents. 

Jason Gilmore

Founded in 1990 as a non-governmental organization, Projeto Axé focuses on protecting the rights of children by providing opportunities through art education. It gives kids a new beginning by taking them back to their Afro-Brazilian roots. The students are empowered through their own culture and identity. 

Jason Gilmore

"Roots of Brazil" is a 5-part radio series exploring Brazil's cultural origins by illuminating Salvador da Bahia, a city at the center of the country's rich history. Producer Dani Hayes sat down with those who were able to travel to Salvador and interview those who are influencing modern-day Brazil.

Photo: Mikey Kettinger

Band members of a group that recently performed in Utah says contemporary popular music is dominated by predictable artists who often choose to play it safe by sticking to what has been done before.  For this Los Angeles-based trio, trying to be original beats trying to be popular.  

Utah isn't necessarily known as a destination for artists, but for Andrew Bird, whose new song 'Capsized' made it onto  NPR Music's Public Radio Best Songs of 2016 list, Utah provides opportunities for stellar performances.  

Manti Mormon Miracle Pageant

This summer marks the fiftieth year of the Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti, a rural farming community in central Utah with a population around 3,000 people. The pageant depicts the events published in the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith’s founding of the LDS church, and the Utah pioneer’s migration west.

  A culinary chronicle about our distinctive approach to food, cooking and eating in the West.

Katie Peikes / UPR

Artists come from all over the United States to share their work with festivalgoers in the City of Logan’s annual Summerfest Arts Faire. UPR's Katie Peikes shares the story of one Summerfest vendor who is a high school teacher with a passion for wood art.

Punk Musician Inspires Women

Jun 14, 2016
Photo: Mikey Kettinger

In April Utah Public Radio reporters spent two days training with national Peabody Award-winning producers The Kitchen Sisters. The workshop has resulted in a series of storytelling projects, including this one from arts and entertainment reporter, Mikey Kettinger, who spoke with musician Kathy Foster. Foster is a female bass player for the Thermals. The American indie band, based in Portland performed this past spring in Salt Lake City.

Utah Theatre To Open After a Decade Of Restoration

Jun 3, 2016
Katie Peikes / UPR


When Michael Ballam, the founding general director of the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, came home from sabbatical in Italy 10 years ago, he saw the Utah Theatre at 18 W. Center St. - closed at the time - and knew instantly he wanted to reopen it. 

Stories of WWII During a Daddy-Daughter Road Trip

May 19, 2016

Byran Snyder was a young American foreign service officer who takes us back to Genoa, Italy 1940. It was the day after Mussolini declared war on England.

Little Bloomsbury, a Logan-based non-profit organization, recently threw an art festival to celebrate its tenth year of promoting peacemaking.  Dr. Brenda Sun, the organization’s founder, believes the best defense against abuse is to create validating experiences. 

Photography Film From Sundance Makes HBO Debut

Apr 15, 2016
Photo: Edward Mapplethorpe

Former North Carolina politician Jesse Helms is a polarizing historical figure. Some see him as a idol, others see him as a joke. Many on the right, like GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz, idolize Jesse Helms. Most on the left, such, as Rachel Maddow, remember Helms for his racially insensitive actions and antics.

Jonathan Diaz

Tom Williams spoke with Braelyn, a brave little girl battling leukemia, who is featured in a book of photography and stories called “True Heroes.” We also speak with Braelyn’s mother Kristen about becoming a “cancer mom.”