Ogden is enjoying a renaissance of community spirit, and the arts are a major component of this revitalization. Ogden City supports the belief that the arts are an integral part of a healthy culture, providing both intellectual nourishment and social benefit, and that community based arts programs provide significant value both to communities as well as artists.
Ogden Arts Venues
Among Ogden's leading arts venues are:
Peery's Egyptian Theater
, hosting premier theater and performing arts events, is Utah's only bona fide movie palace. The terra cotta facade, atmospheric ceiling and magnificent Wurlitzer pipe organ complete the historic atmosphere of the theater.
- The Eccles Community Art Center, promoting the arts in all disciplines. With the mission of enhancing the quality of life within our community, the Art Center staff and volunteers work to 1) assist local cultural organizations and individual artists in presenting their work to the public, and 2) to make quality artistic experiences available to the community regardless of age, race, religion, or income level.
- The Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, hosting symphony, ballet and theater performances (including the acclaimed Utah Musical Theater) and the state-of-the-art Dee Shaw Gallery, presenting contemporary art exhibitions and educational programs. Both venues reside on campus at Weber State University.
- The monthly First Friday Art Stroll, showcasing local and regional painters, ceramists, print-makers, photographers and mixed media artists with more than a dozen museums and galleries to choose from. Wherever it leads you, the stroll always has a new story to share and unique local artists waiting to be discovered.
- The Ogden Arts Festival at Union Station, combining live music, artist booths, kids Art-ivities, food and a plein air art competition with a silent auction in a free community event.
- Historic Union Station’s Gallery at the Station, hosting monthly art exhibits of local and regional artists’ work, and the Myra Powell Gallery housing Union Station’s permanent art collection.
- The Foursite Film Festival, a multiple-day event for filmmakers showcasing their work at several Ogden area venues. Members of the public are invited to enjoy these screenings and to interact with many of the filmmakers and actors.
- The Ogden Symphony Ballet, contracting with Utah Symphony, Ballet West and Children’s Dance Theatre to present concerts in Ogden.
- The Ogden Nature Center, uniting people with nature and nurturing appreciation and stewardship for the environment. Art projects at the Center include a summer concert series, birdhouse art competition and children’s Earth Day poster contest.
- The Treehouse Museum, providing interactive learning experiences for children through exhibits and programs that focus on family literacy, the arts and the humanities.
- The Palette Club of Ogden, promoting art through an association of visual artists. Monthly meetings include instruction and opportunities for art exhibition and competition.
- And Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music (OFOAM), promoting live music in Ogden and providing musical opportunities to the youth of Ogden. Acoustic music is amplified, rather than synthesized, accurately reproducing the natural sound of an instrument. Acoustic music can easily include the contemporary and roots-based traditional genres of Americana music such a bluegrass, folk, blues, old-time, alternative country and gospel music.
Mayor's Awards in Arts
Ogden’s Mayor’s Awards in the Arts program began with the inauguration of Mayor Matthew Godfrey in 2001. Held each year in October to coincide with National Arts Month, the program provides the opportunity to shine the light of recognition on artists, arts advocates and organizations that have contributed in a significant way to the arts in our community. Nominations for the Mayor’s Awards in the Arts begin each year in July.