Our Mission

Craft Lake City® is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Our mission is to educate, promote and inspire local artisans while elevating the creative culture of the Utah arts community through science, technology and art.

Craft Lake City strives to further define the term “Craft,” broadening the definition to encompass all things handmade.

Our Programs

Craft Lake City’s DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Festival® is Utah’s largest local-centric, three-day arts festival, with over 300 local exhibitors—artisans, DIY engineers, vintage vendors and craft food creators—a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Building, two stages of music and dance performances, local food vendors, food trucks, a kids’ area, DIY workshops areas, artisan demonstrations, a parenting lounge, a VIP lounge and approximately 20,000 attendees. The DIY Festival is held at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City the second weekend in August. Admission is $5, children 12 and under are free.

In addition to the DIY Festival, Craft Lake City facilitates local arts and crafts programming throughout the year, providing artisans of all mediums with the chance to promote themselves and their work, as well as educating the community on the local DIY culture through workshops, demonstrations, community partnerships, gallery shows and fundraisers. We promote regional spending and encourage the public to shop locally and support independent artisans whose crafts are handmade. Craft Lake City exists not only to support makers but also to inspire future makers and empower individuals to realize their creative potential.

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Our Background

Formed in 2009 by Angela H. Brown, editor and publisher of SLUG (SaltLakeUnderGround) Magazine, the organization believes Utah’s unique crafting history and cultural background provides a fertile foundation for the local alternative arts community to grow and flourish, and seeks to strengthen and support it through various activities. The Craft Lake City DIY Festival began as a SLUG Magazine event in 2009. Due to the Festival’s popularity, Craft Lake City was officially incorporated as a nonprofit corporation by the IRS on December 2, 2011.

The Craft Lake City DIY Festival has grown from a one-day festival in 2009, to a two-day festival in 2013, to a three-day festival in 2016. In 2012, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) building was added to feature local DIY tinkerers and cutting edge science and engineering organizations that blend art and technology. The Festival continues to grow, featuring more artisans and unique new exhibits each year.

Diversity and Inclusion

Craft Lake City is committed to supporting and encouraging Diversity and Inclusion in all we do, from our internal operations to our external community programs. Our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan is designed to engage people at all levels of the organization, including board members, staff, contract employees, volunteers, community partners, collaborators and sponsors. The plan builds on Craft Lake City’s mission: To educate, promote and inspire local artisans while elevating the creative culture of the Utah arts community through science, technology and art. Craft Lake City defines diversity and inclusion in the following ways.

Diversity is respecting and appreciating a range of human differences including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, neurodiversity, religion and national origin.

Inclusion is involvement and empowerment of a diverse group of human beings who are socially accepted, welcomed and equally treated; an environment where participation from individuals with different ideas, perspectives, backgrounds and ways of living has a positive impact; a DIY community that promotes and sustains a sense of belonging, economic empowerment and community.

Our Diversity and Inclusion Mission and Vision:

Craft Lake City envisions an inclusive, diverse and sustainable DIY community that provides creative and entrepreneurial opportunities for all Utahns.

To support, empower, diversify and expand Utah’s DIY community through community outreach, partnerships, education and professional development.

Sponsors and Supporters

Craft Lake City would like to recognize and express sincere thanks to the following organizations that support its mission year-round to promote and inspire local artisans while elevating the creative culture of the Utah arts community through science, technology and art.

Contact Us

We are always on the lookout to create partnerships with those who value contributing to their local community! Do you have something you’re excited to share or a strong desire to be involved? Contact us to let us know your grand ideas and become a part of the Do-It-Yourself movement. Complete the contact form below, or call us at (801) 906-8521.

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