Arts and Culture

Theater Company Celebrates 50 Years Of Memory Making

Jul 21, 2017
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The Lyric Repertory Company theater in downtown Logan was recognized as a historic building in 1971. The building was originally built in 1913 by the Thatcher family after their previous opera house caught fire. 

Topaz Museum Performance Creates Empathy With Puppetry

Jul 14, 2017
Dennis Stock

A museum that includes historic information about Japanese Americans being held in an internment camp during WWII has opened in Utah. The ceremonies marking the opening of the Topaz Museum near Delta includes Japanese Koto music and a puppet performance depicting the culture and life of the camp.

Drag In Utah: A Portrait of Salt Lake City Drag Queens

Jul 13, 2017

In Salt Lake City, there's an active drag community. For local queens, watch parties for the cult classic television show "RuPaul's Drag Race" can be a first chance to perform — a sort of drag open mic night. For Salt Lake City queens Kay Bye and The Whore of '94, drag is self expression, defiance, and performance art, all wrapped up together in a pair of high heels and a wig. UPR's Katherine Taylor interviewed them as they put on their makeup before their performance that night. 

Drawing Inspiration From Utah's National Parks

Jul 7, 2017
Anthony Lott

Utah’s national parks are seeing a rise in tourists. Last year, Arches National Park hosted over 1.5 million visitors. The trend may be due to the scenic views which have been inspiring artists since its founding in 1929.

 

Hikers, explorers and artists seem to be drawn to Utah’s national parks. Anthony Lott is no exception. He first started exploring and creating art inspired by southern Utah’s landscapes as a child. Now he serves as the community artist for Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Natural Bridges and Hovenweep National Monuments.

'Singing Sergeants' Reunited Through Song And Community

Jul 6, 2017
Weston Lee Allen

Recently a retiree Air Force choir gathered together to share music at Utah State University. The reunion focused on American music to remember and share experiences they had as the Singing Sergeants

Summerfest Recap: The Life Of A Summer-Festival Artist

Jun 23, 2017
Alyssa Robinson

Last week, artists and musicians gathered in downtown Logan to display and share their art. Many of the artists will go on to display their artwork at various festivals throughout the summer.

Alyssa Robinson

  


  

 Cache Valley’s largest summer festival, SummerFest, started Thursday. The festival includes 134 artists and 38 performers. This year’s festival features musicians, dancers and poets.

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The impact of sexual violence on people in a plural marriage relationship can be complicated. In Utah, the state’s Coalition Against Sexual Assault is working with victims who struggle to find support for families who may have more than one spouse. Many legal issues and feelings of isolation can complicate matters for those who need help.

Utah State University Prehistoric Museum

 

  

  Recently a prehistoric museum in Price received a significant permanent collection of archeological artifacts.The collection is made up of various everyday items the Fremont people used. The collection first started in the 1920's with the Ephraim T. and Dorothy Pectol family. Since then, the collection resided in Capitol Reef National Park, Brigham Young University and Temple Square until becoming a permanent collection at Utah State University Eastern’s Prehistoric Museum.

Band Uses Roots to Create Alternative Western Rock

Jun 6, 2017
https://www.brumbymusic.com/media/

A new alternative western rock band recently played at the Provo’s Rooftop Concert Series and Logan City Limits. The band has close ties with Utah’s thriving network of musicians.

Why Conservatives Want To Defund Federal Arts Funding

Jun 5, 2017
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A Pennsylvania State University assistant arts education professor wrote an article about the history of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.  Aaron Knochel said the current conservative administration is not the first in history to consider cuts to federally funded arts programs. 

Online Tools Help Map Cultural Hot Spots In Utah

May 30, 2017
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Different Utah groups are using online and social media tools to help preserve interest in this state’s heritage.  A new phone app created by Map-N-Tour, called Story Road Utah, is one of the portable guide’s leading to some of the area’s more memorable sites.

Virtual Walking Tours Feature USU Sculptures

May 23, 2017
Alyssa Robinson

The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art has a virtual walking tour of more than a dozen sculptures found throughout the Utah State University Logan campus. The tour illuminates the meaning behind various statues seen regularly by students and the local community.

Art Conference Seeks To Create Connection

May 15, 2017
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Recently Utah’s Department of Heritage and Arts held the Mountain West Arts Conference. The conference focused on connecting people through art.

Catholic Parish Celebrates 75 Years in Cache Valley

May 12, 2017
https://www.stthomaslogan.org

 

Recently St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Cache Valley celebrated 75 years. With the first parish in cache valley forming in 1941, over the years the community has changed and grown.

Steam Engine Pulls Into Cache Valley Station

May 10, 2017

On May 10 1869, Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined their rails at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory and forged the destiny of a nation.  At that time, two steam engines marked the monument with a loud thrust of steam and blowing of engine whistles.  

Mikey Kettinger

When Utah artist Mikey Kettinger designed “Gifts from Atheists, Mormons, and Muslims,” he hoped he could share a message of warmth with his community, but he didn’t know how far that message would spread.

Michael Bingham

 

Michael Bingham used assignments for his students at Mountain Crest High School to help them experiment with creative problem solving. In one assignment, Bingham had his students build a futuristic robot in order to help students connect possibilities with imagination.

A Musical Uses Comedic Improv To Connect Community

Apr 21, 2017
Cache Arts

Last Wednesday, the show Broadway’s Next H!t Musical, made a stop in Logan during their national tour. The musical is based entirely of improv where the cast makes the show up on the spot. The cast uses improv to not only learn more about the community they are performing for, but to also create a connection with the audience members.

Artists And Musicians Join Forces For Local Festival

Apr 13, 2017
Alyssa Robinson

Once a month, Logan City businesses host local artists for a community walkabout. The downtown Gallery Walk features visual arts and the occasional guitar soloists. Recently, organizers joined with Logan City Limits, a yearly music festival, to combine visual and audio arts. UPR’s Alyssa Robinson was there and began her gallery tour by visiting the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Arts museum on wheels.

Creating Community in Arts Education

Apr 5, 2017
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Recently an art educator and researcher, Stacey Salazar, visited Utah State University and Cache Valley School District to discuss various challenges in art’s education and how to improve and work on those challenges.

Madeline Smith

Recently students at Utah State University celebrated diversity with a Rainbow Ball. With a drag show as the main event, the celebration supported the LGBT community on campus. The Access and Diversity Center uses events like this to create connection and acceptance between peers.

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The director of the film ‘Deidra and Laney Rob a Train’ was in Utah where the film was made. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was shown on Wednesday in Ogden.

Encouraging Women in the Gaming Industry

Mar 16, 2017
Animation Vertigo

The CEO and founder of a Utah-based company that helps create animation and motion pictures for video games, is making a mark as one of the few women in the industry.

Call of Duty and The Amazing Spiderman are just two of the videogames that Animation Vertigo has helped create. CEO Marla Rausch believes spinning around on a web in The Amazing Spiderman isn’t just entertaining, but actually helps people empathize with and understand others.

VidAngel Releases First Full-Length Movie

Mar 13, 2017
cinemastlouis.org

After the recent court ruling requiring VidAngel to take down their custom-edited movies, VidAngel announced their first theatrical film release.

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