Salt Lake County – Craft Lake City is pleased to announce a new Creative Entrepreneurship Program for Salt Lake County Youth that will be offered this spring at two after-school locations in Salt Lake County. The Craft Lake City Youth Artisan Entrepreneur Program is made possible through funding provided by the Utah Afterschool Network and the Falbaum-Caillet Family Foundation. The program provides free and enriching after-school arts programming for elementary school kids, while preparing them to exhibit at Kid Row, the young entrepreneur section of the 14th Annual Craft Lake City® DIY Festival® presented by Harmons.

“Craft Lake City’s youth programming inspires and empowers children to begin exploring, experimenting and creating their own works and even participating in the local creative economy,” says Angela H. Brown, Executive Director of Craft Lake City. “We are excited to expand our Youth Enrichment Program for 2022 with the help of the Falbaum-Caillet Family Foundation and the Utah Afterschool Network!”

For the inaugural year of the Young Craft Entrepreneur Program, Craft Lake City is partnering with the Hser Ner Moo Community Center of Promise South Salt Lake and Backman Elementary School to offer a series of craft and entrepreneurship workshops after school to twenty-four students. The series offers hands-on learning from established local artisans across four different artistic mediums, with “lab” days between each educational workshop to allow students to spend more time working with each medium while creating products than they can sell as Kid Row vendors at the 14th Annual Craft Lake City Craft Festival presented by Harmons in August.

“Backman Elementary currently has no art teachers. Instead, many of our teachers try to incorporate a little art into their school curriculum. Craft Lake City empowers our students who want to learn and express more deeply through teaching arts and crafts to do so as a free extracurricular activity,” says Ines Lazalde, counselor at Backman Elementary School.

In addition to art instruction, Craft Lake City staff will work with students on their entrepreneurial skills, including writing a business pitch, completing a DIY Fest exhibitor application, designing their Kid Booth layout, and more. Row and playing roles interacting with customers and directing financial transactions. The final step in their entrepreneurial instruction will be attending Kid Row in August, which will allow kids to put their newfound business skills into action in a real-life festival setting while celebrating their creative accomplishments and earning money! Backman Elementary students will pool the proceeds from their sales to donate to charity and purchase more art supplies.

“This program will give these students the opportunity to explore entrepreneurship first hand, learn valuable skills and lessons at a young age. We hope this program ignites the interest of these children to continue to grow and develop as creatives and entrepreneurs,” said Ben Trentelman, Executive Director of the Utah Afterschool Network.

These twenty-four students will spend months building their own small, creative business from scratch, from finding funding to creating products, interacting with customers and selling their products at a great arts festival. Through this innovative and rewarding afterschool art program made possible by the Utah Afterschool Network and the Falbaum-Caillet Family Foundation, all participants will receive the materials and supplies needed to create their artwork and inventory, fee waivers entry and exhibit forms, as well as DIY Fest admission and food vouchers for them and their families.

“The Young Entrepreneur and Craftsman program offers these children a glimpse into the life of a working artist, inspiring them to consider the arts as a viable career. Students will have the opportunity to explore entrepreneurship first-hand while interacting with local arts professionals. We hope this program will instill in these children a love of the arts that will last a lifetime, inspiring them to continue learning and creating,” said Barrett Falbaum, Board Member of the Falbaum-Caillet Family Foundation. .

“We are really excited to be a venue partner for this program with Craft Lake City. This dynamic and engaging programming offers young people not only the opportunity to take art lessons from some of the most talented artists in the community, but also to learn valuable entrepreneurial skills that will accompany them throughout their lives. , regardless of their future career,” says Kelli Meranda. , Director of Promise South Salt Lake. “The family engagement component of the program is also particularly valuable. The free entrance tickets and meal vouchers that are provided to families will help ensure that they can participate fully and comfortably, regardless of income.