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Dancers at first Utah Arts Festival, 1977.

The Utah Arts Festival turns 35 when it begins next Thursday, June 23, 2011.  If you missed the first 34 years, or just want to recall some special memories, you are in luck — thanks to the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library.

Spray paint artists at the Utah Arts Festival 2009. Photo by Steve C. Wilson.

An exhibit — featuring photographs, memorabilia, and other artifacts from the Utah Arts Festival Foundation Records — will be on display on the 4th floor of the Salt Lake City Public Library from June 23 to August 5, 2011.

Dancers at first Utah Arts Festival, 1977.

Usually housed in the Special Collections Department of the U’s Marriott Library, the exhibit highlights not only the history of the Utah Arts Festival, but also the collaboration between the arts organization and the Marriott Library. That alliance extends beyond the collection to include the ongoing documentation of the annual arts festival and the experiences of its participants. The exhibition includes posters, photographs, mugs, ticket stubs, and other ephemera from the past 34 years of the Utah Arts Festival.

Read more about the Festival, and how the Marriott librarians are collecting and preserving the historical items, in a blog post here on Selective Echo.  Take in the exhibit, and even prepare to become part of the Festival’s history:

“[Photo archivist Krissy] Giacoletto also encourages visitors and community members to share their UAF experiences and to help identify individuals shown not only in the festival exhibition but also in the archived collection at the Marriott Library. [Festival executive director Lisa] Sewell adds that the UAF also has started a five-year oral history project that will be the focus of a special presentation at the festival’s 40th anniversary in 2016.”

Photos courtesy J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections Department.

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