At the end of August, we had a full week’s break from school, which we spent focusing on cultivating and appreciating all forms of art. Arts Week was kicked off with workshops – students got to choose from Writing, Cake Decorating, Ink Painting and Voice Masterclass – and then a showcase of what they worked on. That evening was spent tying blankets for Primary Children’s Medical Center, another Staff-Student Wellness activity we were able to enjoy together.
Day 2 was spent all over the city viewing various art exhibits, galleries and museum: Gilgal Sculpture Garden, Hope Gallery and Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and a Classical Guitar concert at lunch! This day was wrapped up with some craft/art time.
Day 3 consisted of an aerial silks class (how exotic!) and Hale Center Theater’s production of See How They Run. Day 4 had another self-guided art tour including the Glendinning Home, the Chase Home and later a Guest Writer’s Series at the Finch Lane Gallery. We also got to participate in a Community drum circle experience and work on Altered Books here at home.
Our final day began with a dance workshop that had everyone on their feet, conducted by SALT Contemporary Dance Company. We had some good old yoga time, and then Open Studios – free access to all the art supplies and musical and athletic equipment available, to be able to practice and hone our own crafts of choice. We are so blessed with both amazingly talented staff and a culturally rich community. Get out there and create!