Latino Arts Festival in Park City now accepting artist applications

Maria Elena Lowe, who specializes in Mayan embroidery, works on a piece during the 2022 Latino Arts Festival in Park City.

Maria Elena Lowe, who specializes in Mayan embroidery, works on a piece during the 2022 Latino Arts Festival in Park City. (Claire Wiley, Eclectic Brew Productions)

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PARK CITY — Latino artists are invited to apply for Park City's 2023 Latino Arts Festival, which aims to provide platforms for Latino artists to share their cultural traditions.

The festival started small in 2016 but has grown to feature dozens of Hispanic and Latino artists. This year's festivities — which will include live music and dance, poetry, film, workshops, traditional cuisine and arts and crafts for kids — will take place June 16-18 at the Canyons Village at Park City Mountain.

"It's a great opportunity for Latino, Latina and Latinx artists to market themselves and get themselves out there. We encourage both established and emerging artists to participate," said Jocelyn Scudder, executive director of the Arts Council for Park City and Summit County. "When you think about how much our local Latino population contributes to our community, it's pretty massive. This festival is really geared toward celebrating those contributions and honoring all those people who live here by allowing them to showcase their traditions and their art forms and tell stories about where they're from."

Andrea Zavala, the art council's community, inclusion and outreach coordinator, added that the festival also provides a great sense of connection for the Latino and broader communities.

"It's important for our community — not just as Latinos, Latinas and Latinx — but as Americans to know how diverse we are," Zavala said. "If we can find someone that is doing something really different from Argentina, Venezuela, from any of these places, we encourage them to apply and have a new platform, have a new audience, show people what we're doing as well — because it's not always the same."

Latino artists from a variety of mediums are welcome to apply, including local, national and international applicants. Applications are due by April 3 and will be reviewed by a jury. Those who apply will be considered for a tent during the three-day festival to exhibit and sell their work and do demonstrations or workshops if desired. Scudder encouraged artists to provide high-quality photos during the application process so that judges can get a better idea of their work.

The council doesn't have an application for volunteers or individuals interested in selling food at the festival, but those interested can contact Zavala at More information about the event, including artist applications, can be found at the art council's website.

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Sydnee Gonzalez is a multicultural reporter for covering the diversity of Utah's people and communities. Se habla español. You can find Sydnee at @sydnee_gonzalez on Twitter.


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