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ARTrageous brings culture to the community

Jan 31, 2017 02:31PM ● By Huy Tran

ARTrageous program at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center (UCCC)

By Huy Tran | [email protected]


The Utah Cultural Celebration Center brings art to everyone who is interested in exploring the culture and artistry of their community. Young and old students are able to join together in the ARTrageous program and experience a large selection of enriching artistic and cultural activities. The classes are 90 minutes to two hours long, typically held on Tuesdays and can include a guided exhibit tour or live performance.


In the past, the ARTrageous program allowed students to explore mediums they may not have been as familiar with. The September session introduced the group to calligraphic artists from Utah to discuss their art form. The “Letters: Great Authors, Great Quotes” exhibit allowed this work to be explored further and gave learners a chance to see the full extent of calligraphy.


The UCCC has emphasized an importance on connecting with the diverse traditions of the community. The Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican holiday which honors loved ones who have passed away and approaches death differently than what many are used to. Students were given the opportunity to explore the holiday’s emphasis on the continuity of life rather than mourning the dead, and participate in traditional festivities. Painting sugar skulls and paper flower making are were just a couple activities at the event.


Every month offers a new artistic experience exclusive to ARTrageous participants. In January, students are introduced to the exploration of the Middle East, as many join for a cultural review of dance, music, and religious customs of Middle Eastern countries. Speakers like Katherine St. John from Eastern Arts and Maysa Kerge of the Islamic Speakers Bureau may present topics which educate the community on cultural and social issues such women’s rights in Islam and Islamic religion.


Literature and the performing arts is celebrated by ARTrageous students too, as the March session will allow students to explore and celebrate the works of William Shakespeare. The class will include a 75-minute production hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival, with an exclusive performance of “Hamlet.” The group will get a chance for post-show discussion with the actors, and optional workshops in stage combat, performing Shakespearean text and developing character through improvisation is also included.


The program is limited, so the online reservation request does not guarantee a place in the program until a confirmation email is returned. For more information on the Utah Cultural Celebration Center and its programs, visit