Cedar City Community Ramps Up for Second Annual Arts Festival

Published: March 22, 2023 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Participant in the 2022 Arts Festival at SUUSouthern Utah University and the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts are excited to announce the second annual Arts Festival. The Arts Festival is Saturday, April 15, 2023, with activities and performances occurring between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. throughout the Beverley Center. The event is free and open to the campus and community.

“With an event like the Arts Festival, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts solidifies its role for bringing the campus and the community together beyond SUMA and the Utah Shakespeare Festival," said Stephen Lisonbee, assistant vice president of regional services. "We are excited to expand the event this year with a concert by The National Parks. The event is truly a celebration of all forms of art that we hope will bring people together.”

The event will include a Mini Art Show exhibition at the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), featuring local artists, as well as a chalk art exhibition on the Sam & Diane Stewart Family Foundation Plaza. Local bands and musicians will offer live music throughout the day. On the Greenshow Stage, attendees can enjoy dance performances by SUU dance students. To celebrate National Poetry Month, there will be poetry readings in Seminar Grove, featuring Michael Bahr from the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Stilt walkers, jugglers, food trucks, and hands-on activities will be available throughout the Beverley Center. Local artists and vendors will offer attendees a great opportunity to buy original art and support local artisans. The event will conclude with the headlining performance presented by The National Parks, an American folk/pop band from Provo, Utah.

“There is some kind of magic that happens when literary, performing, and visual arts intersect,” said Victoria Whitaker, SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts alumna. “I attended the inaugural Arts Festival and that magic was there. I am looking forward to attending this event once again this year.”

The mission of the Arts Festival is to celebrate the vibrant cultural scene of the SUU campus and the communities of Southern Utah by bringing together literary, performing, and visual arts. The Arts Festival would not be possible without the support of Visit Cedar City • Brian Head, SUU Office of Regional Services, Southern Utah Museum of Art, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Larry H. Miller Utah Summer Games, with additional help from artsFUSION, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Frontier Homestead Museum & State Park, and the SUU Department of Theatre, Dance, and Arts Administration.
For more information visit the Arts Festival website.

About the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts
The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts (The Beverley) incorporates visual arts, live theatre, and dynamic arts education on the Southern Utah University campus in Cedar City, UT and dramatically enriches the cultural life of Cedar City and its surrounding region. The Beverley is located at 195 W. Center Street in Cedar City, Utah. 

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