National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts’ Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is a Challenge America grant of $10,000 to Craft Lake City for the 11th Annual DIY Festival. Challenge America grants support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations – those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. 

“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Craft Lake City is incredibly honored to receive national recognition for the work we are doing to educate, promote and inspire local artisans while elevating the creative culture of Utah. We are incredibly grateful for the financial support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Challenge America grant as we prepare to host the 11th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival. Through the DIY Festival Inclusion Program, Craft Lake City seeks to create a Festival environment that is accessible to and representative of all Utah communities and we are proud to be included with other amazing non-profit arts programs working to make the arts accessible to all populations,” said Angela H. Brown, Executive Director of Craft Lake City. 

Craft Lake City will host the 11th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival on August 9, 10, & 11th at the Utah State Fairpark. As Utah’s largest local-centric, three-day arts festival, it will feature over 50 performers and 250 local artisans, STEM exhibitors, vintage vendors and craft foodies. Programs include artisan workshops, two performance stages, a VIP Lounge, the Google Fiber STEM Building, a kids craft area and Kid Row, which is a youth vending area. The Google Fiber STEM Building will feature STEM workshops, STEM crafts and the Ask A Scientist program showcasing the creativity and artistry behind STEM subjects. The purpose of the Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival is to support and elevate local artisans, entrepreneurs, small business owners, craft food creators, innovators and DIY engineers alike no matter their socioeconomic status, while also inspiring attendees to become makers themselves as well as supportive patrons of the local DIY community and creative economy.

For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

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