UMFA is reopening in style

By Madge Slack

It is officially August and what a mixed month it will be. We all go back to school in only a few short weeks, it’s still 1,000 degrees outside despite the impending fall and after the holidays of July, Labor Day and Halloween loom in the near future. With all that responsibility and pre-planning havoc, look on the bright side. The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) is reopening and are throwing a party to celebrate.

The party will be held the final weekend of Aug. on Saturday the 26th. The party kicks off at 10 a.m. with a behind the scenes collections tour. From there the day gets more exciting with curators’ picks, a student dance performance, a film screening and even a pinata activity. The real fun starts at 8 p.m. with the dance party. Sunday starts out with a yoga class followed by more tours and another film screening in case you’re busy on Saturday or just can’t get enough.

The Museum cafe and store will be open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days. There will also be family art making, and pop-up docent talks for the little ones. The tours are ages 12 and up but there will be plenty to see and do no matter your age. Oh, and the best part? It’s all free.

Exhibitions like “SENSEational: Accessing Art through the Senses” are sure to captivate on every level. Saturday’s film is “The Legacy of Frida Kahlo” which is a documentary about women’s fashion and work. It promises to focus specifically on giving women the respect they deserve. Sunday is showing “Boy and The World” which is a feat of visual and sound design. It’s a coming of age story about a boy reuniting his family.

Who doesn’t like a party? Be sure to check out some or all of the events at UMFA the last weekend in August. It promises to be a fun one. For more information visit the UMFA website at

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