Arts and Culture

The "Cattoo:" A New Symbol To Challenge Sexual Assault

Nov 17, 2016


In response to the tapes of Donald Trump’s locker room talk, Utah tattoo artists are taking a stand against sexual assault. During an event called “Can’t Grab This! Pussycat Tattoos Against Sexual Assault!” owners and workers from two Wasatch Front tattoo parlors inked images of cats on a crowd of fellow supporters.

Day Of The Dead - A Celebration Connecting Cultures

Nov 10, 2016
USU Access and Diversity Center

The yearly Latin celebration - Day of the Dead - is a chance for families to celebrate the lives of their loved ones who have passed - through colorful costumes, lively music and an offering of food. Held for the first time on the Utah State University campus, students celebrated the tradition.  

Empowering Others Through Poetry

Nov 3, 2016

Community artist Glenis Redmond is a workshop leader for The Kennedy Center for The Arts in Washington D.C. She recently visited Utah in an effort to expose more youth to poetry. She taught poetry classes to students and staff at a number of Cache Valley Schools including Logan’s Fast Forward Charter School, Logan High School and Edith Bowen Elementary School.

The Depth of Jimmie Jones Landscape Painting

Nov 3, 2016

James Aton recently won an award for his biography “The Art and Life of Jimmie Jones; Landscape Artist of Canyon Country”. Jimmie Jones is one of the most well-known landscape artists in southern Utah.

Reflecting on landscape painter Jimmie Jones' life, James Aton, admires the painter’s passion for the Utah landscape.

Learning The Art Of Natural Fabric Making

Oct 26, 2016

The Northern Utah Fiber Artisans is a guild which focuses on knitting and making crafts with fabric. This often includes producing their own fibers which will be turned into cloth. The guild recently held a Flax and Fiber workshop in Logan Canyon where the participants learned the process of making linen out of a flax plant.

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 minute you set foot in the streets of downtown Salvador, Brazil, you are met with the sound of these drums. These are the drums of Olodum. Sounds that have become iconic of the Afro-Brazilian identity and culture of this colorful colonial city.

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

The children of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, sound just like any others. Happy, laughing, playing. But many of them face a difficult reality. Drugs and violence are daily concerns for many of these young children.

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.