Year of the Arts

Arts Elevate. Utah State University’s 2017- 2018 Year of the Arts spotlights the unique power of the arts to illuminate, transform and inspire the human spirit.

Utah Public Radio is proud to be part of this celebration by featuring reports and stories that highlight the importance of the arts in all aspects of life. Join us for Access Utah and listen for news reports and features from our news team as we spotlight USU’s Year of the Arts on Utah Public Radio.

Richard Elliott plays the Salt Lake Tabernacle Organ
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A 1967 Holtkamp Organ is the featured instrument at the annual Campbell Organ Festival in Logan. Richard Elliott, principal organist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, will be performing a few of his original works in the recently renovated Daines Concert Hall on the Utah State University campus this Friday.

Jazzman Joe McQueen Plays In Brigham City

Feb 16, 2018

 

In 1945, an up-and-coming jazz tenor saxophonist named Joe McQueen made a stop in Ogden, to play a weeks worth of gigs. But after his band leader kept the band's earnings and abandoned the members, McQueen decided to stay and build up his reputation in the jazz scene. 

In 2015 the National Association for Campus Activities recognized a Utah State University social event, PoBev,  that three years later has grown in popularity.

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Arie French, a student at Utah State University, chose to make a stencil portrait of Maya Angelou at Friday’s “Work in Progress” workshop in the Merrill-Cazier Library.

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GENTRI: The Gentlemen Trio was established in June 2014 and is comprised of three highly trained tenors: Brad Robins, Casey Elliott and Bradley Quinn Lever. Pioneering a signature sound that can only be described as “Cinematic Pop,” the music of GENTRI is transfused with lush, epic orchestrations and rich, dynamic three-part harmonies all composed by the group’s producer Stephen Nelson. GENTRI’s self-titled, debut EP was released March 31, 2015. The record spent 10 consecutive weeks in the Top 10 on two different Billboard charts, including three weeks at No.

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Various prints hang on the white walls. Clay mugs and colorful sculptures sit on pillars resting against the sparkling wooden floor of the Tippetts and Eccles Gallery during an art showcase called Paper and Clay.

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Every year the art museum at Utah State University holds a music and art concert series for the public. This year the series is focusing on community and what it means in relation to history, spaces and art.

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Our guest for the hour today is visual artist Sam Vernon. This episode is a part of our ongoing series of programs focusing on Utah State University’s Year of the Arts. Sam Vernon earned her MFA in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University in 2015 and her BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2009. Her installations combine xeroxed drawings, photographs, paintings and sculptural components in an exploration of personal narrative and identity.

'Writing Through Grief' Workshops Available To The Public

Nov 17, 2017
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  To help people work through grief, a series of workshops are being held in Salt Lake City by Art Access, an organization that sponsors and supports art programs that build community. They believe creativity can increase as people age and started a creative aging project last year.

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A film festival for children in Salt Lake City provides families an opportunity to experience media from around the world. Patrick Hubley is the director of programing for the Utah Film Center and organizes the center’s Tumbleweeds Film Festival.

Cache Valley Artist Creates Art Access Center

Nov 10, 2017
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Access to resources that enable individuals with disabilities to create art are hard to find. One Utah high school teacher is opening a studio to help fill that need.

Changes To The Utah Shakespeare Festival Focal Point

Nov 9, 2017
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The new Englestad Theatre looks very similar to the Adams Theatre, except a lot bigger. Both theaters were designed to look like the famous Globe Theatre in London, the stage where a lot of William Shakespeare’s plays were performed.

Song Writing To Create Social Consciousness

Nov 7, 2017
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  For the past 15 years, music fans have gathered in southeastern Utah for the Moab Folk Festival.This year the festival includes a Grammy-winning singer/songwriter who will perform and teach audience members how to write socially conscious music.

In celebrating a time of year that features the topic of death, a Utah State University employee is exhibiting works that honors the dead and death rituals.

 

Dylan Burns, a digital scholarship librarian and creator of the exhibit, says the project aims to spread a message that death should be honored, instead of feared.

Dinosaur Zoo Comes To Cache Valley

Oct 30, 2017

Imagine having the chance to see a dinosaur in real life. A triceratops, let’s say. Six feet tall and 14 feet long with scaly skin and huge, blinking brown eyes looking right at you. Exactly as it would have looked millions of years ago, except that it’s a 100-pound puppet, and there’s a man inside.

USU Library Hosts Monthly Concert Series

Oct 30, 2017
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As flute and harp music begins to play in the Utah State University library, a small group of onlookers gather.

Magician Seeks To Share Wonder And Set Halloween Mood

Oct 27, 2017
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Author and magician Ben Robinson traveled to northern Utah during a time of year that is centered around spells, deception and the wonders of magic.

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"Remember that you will die..." 

On today's spooky edition of Access Utah, we talked with some of Utah State University's foremost experts on the history, art and tradition of death. 

A new online exhibit sponsored by the USU's University Libraries "traces the thematic iconographies of death, dying and mourning."

Titled "Memento Mori," Latin for "Remember that you will die," the exhibit shows how symbols of death and the afterlife became dominant in art with the dawn of western Christianity. 

Ibrahm Kendi: How To Be an Anti-Racist

Oct 23, 2017
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An award-winning historian and best-selling author recently visited Utah State University to teach students how to be an Anti-Racist. The historian argues that racism comes from racist policies as opposed to emotions.

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  Last year a lawsuit was filed to remove a 16-year-old law, nicknamed ‘No Promo Homo’ law, which prohibits teaching homosexuality in sex-ed classes in K-12 schools. The LGBT-rights group Equality Utah, recently settled the lawsuit after Utah repealed a law restricting talk about homosexuality in classrooms.

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On a normal day in downtown Logan, the sound of bustling cars fills the streets, but soon, it will be filled with the sound of live music and entertainment playing at local businesses and at three of Logan’s historic theatres.

 

A Festival For Celebrating Homesteading Heritage

Oct 5, 2017
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The Utah Bureau of Land Management is known for supporting local art and land. On the 14th, the organization will be hosting a unique festival that features one of the first homesteads in Utah. The celebration of heritage is not only known for sharing historical crafting skills but also stories of history.

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The wooden pews in the sanctuary of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Logan fill with people on Sunday for the evening prayer service.

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On Wednesday, the Utah State University Center for Women and Gender joined the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art to promote art and social justice while kicking off the Year of the Arts.

The Past And Future Of Opera In Utah

Sep 29, 2017
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In 2014, the San Francisco Opera faced possible closure, as a result of the 2009 recession. Other opera companies have struggled to maintain what is considered to be one of the most expensive art forms.

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