Departmental Outreach Programs

Arts in the Parks

Arts in the Parks is a free program that offers opportunities for children to explore visual and performing arts through hands-on activities.

The program travels to six different Ogden city parks for one week at a time during the summer months and is a collaborative effort between the Weber State University Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts and Humanities, the Jerri and Vicki Moyes College of Education, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Center for Community Engaged Learning and the Ogden City Schools summer lunch program.

The program began in 2010 and is made possible through generous funding from the Weber County RAMP program, the Val A. Browning Charitable Foundation, the Alan and Jeanne Hall Endowment for Community Outreach, the Utah Families Foundation and private donations.

Fabulous Fridays 

To increase opportunities for children to make and see contemporary art, the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery and the Department of Visual Art & Design host an annual ArtReach program called “Fabulous Fridays.”

The visual arts outreach program ArtReach was born in 1999 with a gift from Autoliv. Housed inside the former Collett Art Gallery and during the first three years, the Autoliv ArtReach program provided activities for two, fourth grade classes annually. These activities included a field trip to the gallery, a workshop with an artist in residence and a public display/celebration of their completed art work.

In 2002 the program expanded to become Fabulous Fridays and moved to its new home inside the Kimball Visual Art Center. This beautiful new center provided space to expand the program to what it is today and provided more opportunities and accessibility for children to explore their creativity and make art.

The Fabulous Fridays Experience

This program would not be possible without the generous grants and support from Weber County RAMP tax initiative, The Alan E. and Jeanne N. Hall Endowment for Community Outreach, Marriner S. Eccles Foundation and Thomas and Mary McCarthey.

Annually, the Fabulous Fridays program provides 10-20 elementary school classes free bus transportation, a 30-minute guided tour of the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery and a 90-minute hands-on studio art workshop, taught by a professional working artist/educator.

Schools located within Weber/Ogden County are invited to participate and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority is given to public, Title 1 schools who have not experienced the Fabulous Fridays program within the last three years.

ArtReach programs are directed by Visual Art & Design Outreach Manager, Holly Jarvis. Schools are invited to complete a field trip request form if they would like to schedule a Fabulous Fridays field trip or contact Ms. Jarvis for more information: hollyjarvis@weber.edu / 801-626-7689.  

My(Art)Space 

My(Art)Space is a Jr. high / high school field trip experience program modeled after the structure of Fabulous Friday. The program provides teens with an opportunity to see and make contemporary art in a professional setting. A My(Art)Space field trip includes a 30-minute gallery tour and a 4 to 5-hour hands-on studio art workshop with a professional artist/educator.

The program began in 2008 and has continued each year thanks to generous support from the Weber County RAMP tax initiative, Thomas and Mary McCarthey and the Marriner S. Eccles Foundation. My(Art)Space serves approximately 5-10 Jr. high / high school classes annually.

Schools located within Weber/Ogden County are invited to participate and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority is given to public, Title 1 schools who have not experienced the My(Art)Space program within the last three years.

ArtReach programs are directed by Visual Art & Design Outreach Manager, Holly Jarvis. Schools are invited to complete a field trip request form if they would like to schedule a My(Art)Space field trip or contact Ms. Jarvis for more information: hollyjarvis@weber.edu / 801-626-7689.

Snow Days at the Shaw Gallery 

Snow Days at the Shaw Gallery is a free, public, bilingual art program that offers children and families the opportunity to see and make art together in a contemporary gallery setting. The program takes place annually during the first Saturday of November, December, February and March. Gallery tours and art activities are geared towards families with children ages 3-12. Snow Days provides an accessible, rich, multicultural art experience for families to share in together—ow Days at the Shaw Gallery is made possible each year thanks to generous grants and donations from the Weber County RAMP tax initiative, Thomas and Mary McCarthey and the Marriner S. Eccles Foundation.

2016/2017 Dates:

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Saturday, March 4, 2017

When: 10 am – 12 Noon

Where: Kimball Visual Arts Building, 1st floor Atrium

Parking: Parking is FREE and available next to the Kimball Visual Arts Building in lot A10

ArtReach programs are directed by Visual Art & Design Outreach Manager, Holly Jarvis. For questions or for more information: hollyjarvis@weber.edu / 801-626-7689.  Each event offers the assistance of at least one Spanish-speaking artist instructor.