Volunteers Bring ‘Arts in the Parks’ to Children

OGDEN, Utah – The popular Arts in the Parks program sponsored by Weber State University will offer experiences in theater, literature, dance, music and visual arts to hundreds of Utah children.

Now in its fourth year, the annual series travels to various parks where volunteers spend the week hosting free daily activities.

"Arts in the Parks activities encourage innovative thinking through imaginative experimentation with everyday materials,” said Lydia Gravis, co-director of the program. “By engaging young people in these activities, we plant a seed for creative curiosity that can be cultivated year round, both at home and in the classroom."

On Mondays, children create art projects; Tuesdays, they get involved in music and dance; Wednesdays are for puppets and theater; Thursdays and Fridays allow time for the children to express themselves in writing.

The events attract as many as 300 children per day.

 “All activities offer entry to the arts for children of all ages,” said WSU history professor and program co-director Kathryn MacKay. “Many offer the opportunity for children to take home their own creations, ranging from string telephones to musical instruments, paintings to bags of homemade silly putty.” 

The activities are offered from noon – 1 p.m. in parks around Ogden in conjunction with the Ogden City School District summer lunch program. The dates and locations for this summer’s schedule are as follows:

  • June 3-7: Lorin Farr Park (769 Canyon Road, Ogden)   
  • June 10-14: Liberty Park (751 21st St., Ogden) 
  • June 17-21:  Monroe Park (850 30th St., Ogden)
  • June 24-28:  Jaycee Park (2564 Fillmore Ave., Ogden)  
  • July 1 - 3: Mount Ogden Park (3144 Taylor Ave., Ogden)         
  • July 8-12: West Ogden Park (751 24th St., Ogden)

In addition to Weber State and Ogden School District, the series is supported by Weber County RAMP (recreation, arts, museums, parks), the Alan E. and Jeanne N. Hall Endowment for Community Outreach, the Val A. Browning Foundation and the Utah Families Foundation.

Arts in the Parks is modeled after the WSU’s Science in the Parks program, which offers fun science lessons and activities. The two programs are at different parks each week.

For more about Arts in the Parks, visit community.weber.edu/artsinthepark. For a schedule of Science in the Parks, visit webercsme.org/parks.

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Lydia Gravis, co-director Arts in the Parks
801-626-7689 • lydiagravis@weber.edu

Kathryn Mackay, co-director Arts in the Parks
801-626-6782 • kmackay@weber.edu
Allison Barlow Hess, director of Public Relations
801-626-7948 • ahess@weber.edu