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South Salt Lake City Arts Council

Arts Council

The mission of the South Salt Lake Arts Council is to unite our community through art. We strive to support local artists, provide engaging opportunities for our residents to participate in the arts, contribute to our city's economic development by generating awareness about our existing cultural assets, and foster creative approaches to innovative growth that will remain true to the craftsman and industrial character of South Salt Lake.  


Over the years, the South Salt Lake Arts Council has sponsored arts and cultural activities to provide our residence with opportunities to engage in the creative process. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organized and managed by the City of South Salt Lake with a volunteer board of Directors. We work closely with the community as well as city government departments to bring art into the lives of everyone who lives, works, worships, or plays in South Salt Lake.

We receive support from South Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, and a number of generous donors and arts supports, as well as in-kind support from countless artists and creative businesses.

See our work at city events, Arts Coalition gatherings, in local arts studios, and out on the streets. We hope you join us in making our city a great place to create and express yourself. 

Arts Council Board of Directors

Our Arts Council Board of Directors is a group of accomplished artists, community leaders and committed citizens who have a broad web of connections to our community and a commitment to South Salt Lake. This seven member committee meets bi-monthly to help select and direct the projects, programs and events hosted by the Arts Council. Get to know our Board members by clicking here.

Arts Coalition

The SSL Arts Coalition is a gathering of like-minded creative people who want to build a preserve a community that cares about culture and the arts. Through occassional meet-ups, arts events, and digital sharing, we are helping unite South Salt Lake through the arts. Want to know more? You can join us! Just reach out to the Arts Council to get in the loop and stay connected to the creative community we are building.


We are small but mighty! The SSL Arts Council is led by Executive Director Lesly Allen. Lesly works in the office of South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood, collaborating closely with community initiatives to ensure arts are a part of our lives.

We have a strong network of committed partners, volunteers, and community members who are working with us to help build South Salt Lake's creative community, support local artists and provide engaging opportunities for our residents.


We work in partnership with city departments, including Neighborhoods, Urban Design, Community Development, as well as terrific community partners, such as Promise South Salt LakeUtah Arts Alliance, 1520 Arts, Bad Dog Arts and Clever Octopus.

Support and Funding

Our operating budget that supports our staff and programs is provided by the City of South Salt Lake, Salt Lake County ZAP program and Utah Division of Arts and Museums. We also rely on donations and grants to fund our projects and programs.  

Thank you to our supporters for making our creative endeavors come to life!

You can find a copy of the South Salt Lake Arts Council's most recent IRS 990 HERE.

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