Scholarship Applications Now Open for the 13th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival Presented by Harmons

Opportunities Available for Local Artisans, DIY Engineers and Kid Row Participants

Artisan Scholar, Sahar Pastel-Daneshgar, laughs with mentor, Kassie Scribner of Lady Scrib Embroidery at the 2019 DIY Festival.

Salt Lake City, March 18 – Craft Lake City® is pleased to announce that Artisan, STEM and Kid Row Scholarship applications are now open for the 13th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival® Presented By Harmons. Interested creatives can apply to participate in the DIY Festival through April 8 at, and eligible applicants will be invited to complete scholarship applications by April 16.

The original Artisan Scholarship and Mentor Program was launched in 2017 as part of the organization’s DIY Festival Inclusion Program for the 9th Annual DIY Festival. It offers five eligible first-time DIY Festival artisans with waived participation fees, business training, networking opportunities, and one-on-one mentorship with seasoned creatives before, during and after the Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival. In 2021, the program has been expanded to include 10 training sessions to assist scholars with creating a successful creative business plan.

Mentors who participate in the Artisan Scholarship and Mentor Program are seasoned makers and business owners who donate their time in support of the program. “My favorite part about working as a mentor is gaining a new perspective and learning about our artist community.” reported one 2019 mentor. When asked what they gain from this experience many respond that they gain “experience and friends” from the program.

In 2019 Craft Lake City expanded the program to include STEM and Kid Row exhibitors by adding new scholarship opportunities for participants in those categories.

Attendee, Lucas, learns from the Leonardos’ exhibit in the Google Fiber STEM building at the 11th Annual DIY Festival. Photo by Erin McMahon

The STEM Scholarship is designed to support local STEM organizations and individuals who require financial assistance to participate in the Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival. A limited number of STEM Scholarships will be offered to DIY Festival applicants each year, and recipients will have their exhibitor fees fully or partially waived for the 13th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival Presented By Harmons Interested DIY Engineers and STEM organizations must first apply to participate in the DIY Festival by April 8, and will then be individually invited to submit a scholarship application. More information is available at on our STEM Scholarship webpage.

Kid Row Artisan, Hutch, at the 2019 DIY Festival. Photo by John Barkiple

Craft Lake City offers a limited number of financial scholarships to select Kid Row participants. The Kid Row Scholarships provide eligible kid artisans with waived exhibitor tabling fees. Interested Kid Row artisans must submit a Kid Row application by April 8, and can indicate their interest in being considered for a scholarship on the Kid Row application. More information is available on our Kid Row webpage.

For more information about this program or the DIY Festival, contact us at (801) 906-8521 or

About Craft Lake City:
Founded in 2009 by Angela H. Brown, Executive Editor of SLUG (Salt Lake UnderGround) Magazine, Craft Lake City® is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the 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 strives to further define the term “Craft,” by modernizing the definition for handmade creativity.  @craftlakecity

Craft Lake City’s year-round programming is supported in part by the residents of Salt Lake County through the Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program, the Salt Lake City Arts Council, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the Stephen G. & Susan E. Denkers Family Foundation, and Utah Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts. The 13th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival Presented By Harmons is sponsored by Google Fiber and Mark Miller Subaru, with funding from the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office.