#ARLISNA2019 Welcomes You and Your Family!

After a multi-year experiment coordinating conference childcare for our members, ARLIS/NA has committed to this service and the 2019 CPAC is thrilled to participate. This means the Salt Lake City conference will:

  • Coordinate with a local childcare company to provide care for all three days of the conference: March 27-29, 8am-5pm.
  • Provide a suite in the Grand America Hotel as a secure and convenient location for the kids to stay.
  • Subsidize the cost of care to make it as affordable as possible for our members.

Cost for the care will be $40/day and parents will be free to pick up and drop off their children anytime throughout the days they have paid for. Additionally, they will be welcome to stop in to play or feed their children at any time.

Depending on the ages of the children attending in the coming year, we may also be offering a visit from local public librarians for storytimes and other activities. The Salt Lake City Main Public Library is across the street from the hotel, so parents should feel free to take their kiddos there as well!

Salt Lake City has many kid-friendly activities for your family to enjoy beyond your time at the conference. For example:

  • Across the street from the hotel is the Leonardo Museum. This museum offers programming that combines science, art, and technology into an amazing experience for adults and kids alike. 
  • Downtown you’ll find the Discovery Gateway, our premiere children’s museum. This organization finds creative ways to address educational styles, making learning fun for kids of all ages. 
  • Utah’s Hogle Zoo is only a few miles away and offers a wide-variety of exhibits in a beautiful setting. Our zoo has a mission to educate the public and serve as stewards and conservators to wildlife across the globe. Weather depending, it’s worth the visit. 
  • Tracy Aviary is approximately a mile from the hotel and sits in the center of our beautiful Liberty Park. The aviary is home to many exotic birds, including a rare Andean Condor named Andy!

These are just a few examples of the countless things to do in our city, not to mention our state! For a more thorough list, please see Visit Utah’s webpage. 

Looking forward to seeing you and your families soon!


Thinking About Utah and Mountain West: Short Trips

Visitors to Utah will find a state with epic landscapes and plenty of opportunities for adventure. In this post, we will describe some of our favorite areas and provide links to recommended half-day trips we’ve assembled on your behalf. Begin planning now and take advantage of the many unique opportunities our state has to offer.

Sundance Resort. Image from Visit Salt Lake.

Outdoor activities and scenic tours draw tourists and thrill seekers alike to Utah. Options for one-day trips exist in every part of the state. Seven world-class mountain resorts with “the greatest snow on earth” are located less than an hour’s drive from downtown Salt Lake City; several remain open through April. In springtime, the foothills surrounding the city provide early access to forested trails for hiking, biking, and climbing.  See the map!

Travel a few hours to the south and you will marvel at the geologic wonders of Utah’s canyon country, home to many national and state parks, which are a mecca for hikers of all abilities, mountain bikers, and white-water rafters. To the west, miles and miles of white identify the Bonneville Salt Flats. To the east, paleontologists will delight in Dinosaurland which includes thousands of fossils.

Bird Refuge. Image from Visit Salt Lake.

The Great Salt Lake and the notable city of Ogden are located just to the north. On the way, stop for a hike on Antelope Island or go for a drive through the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. In town, visit historic 25th Street and see the Union Station, which was the former junction of the Union Pacific and Central Railroads. See the map!

Along the shores of the lake are two earthworks well worth the time to visit: Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty on the east shore and Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels on the west shore. While ARLIS/NA will be providing two tours out to the Spiral Jetty, guided by local expert Hikmet Loe, those interested in Sun Tunnels will need to set aside an extra day and rent a car to experience this magnificent work.  You can also use this opportunity to view Karl Momen’s Metaphor: Tree of Utah.  See the map!

The Tree of Utah, Bonneville Salt Flats Between Tooele and Wendover, Utah. Photo credit: Ken Lund . 7 May 2004. Retrieved  16 Nov 2018.

Park City, 30 miles east of Salt Lake City, is a ski resort town with numerous art galleries, shopping, and fine dining on the historic Main Street. While there, visitors can enjoy the Kimball Art Center’s museum, as well as Utah Olympic Park with its winter sports museum, ski jumping demonstrations, and bobsled runs open to the public. Getting around Park City is easy, thanks to their free transportation system. ARLIS/NA will be offering a trip to Park City on Tuesday, March 26, or members can put together their own itinerary.  See the map!

Sundance Resort is nestled at the base of Mt. Timpanogos, a 11,750-foot monolith 20 miles east of Lehi. This woodsy-chic resort offers skiing in the winter months and is home to an well-known art collective, offering classes and workshops to the public. Brigham Young University in Provo, located 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, is home to the BYU Museum of Art. With a dynamic exhibition schedule and displays of its permanent collection, the museum regularly exhibits paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, video, and photography. BYU is also home to the Harold B. Lee Library and the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. ARLIS/NA will be providing a tour of the BYU library and museum on Tuesday, March 26. Just 6 miles south of Provo is the Springville Museum of Art, a Spanish-colonial style building and the oldest museum for visual arts in Utah. The collection features Utah fine art, 20th-century Soviet Socialist Realism works, and American art.  See the map!  

Called “the mighty five,” Utah is also the home of five national parks.  These destinations will require more time than those mentioned above but if you are extending your visit, they can’t be missed! You can find out more about them at:  Visit Utah .

All maps, including local recommendations in Salt Lake City for food, art, and leisure; half-day trips around the state of Utah; and recommended hikes for those who’d like to get outdoors can be found at:  About SLC on the conference website.

The Conference Planning Committee looks forward to seeing you at the conference, March 26-March 30, 2019, and showing you our beautiful and fascinating state.

Zach Allred, Local Guide Editor
Nicole Beatty, Local Arrangements Co-Chair
Luke Leither, Local Arrangements Co-Chair


The Conference Planning Committee enthusiastically invites you to join us in Salt Lake City on March 26-30, 2019, for the 47th annual ARLIS/NA conference.

Factory Butte, UT ©2018 Paul W. Ramsey

The Great Salt Lake’s proximity to a picturesque juxtaposition of mountain ranges and high-desert valleys has attracted people to visit and settle near its shores for centuries. Throughout the 1900s, plein air and earthwork artists were drawn to Utah’s landscapes. Today, enthusiasts from all walks of life are discovering the culturally vibrant hub of Salt Lake City.

As librarians, artists, service providers, and information professionals: we are the catalysts who bring together diverse perspectives, resulting in new collaboration, creation, and cultural consciousness. In sharing our ideas, we nurture the formation of works that motivate people to learn, grow, and foster change.

All that’s to say, who and where we are has inspired our conference theme: Arts: In/Site.

Through our additional prompts of Arts Insight, Arts Incite, and Arts In Sight, conference contributors have generated an enticing variety of session topics, such as:

  • Off-site and online museum & library collaborations
  • Visual literacy: Pedagogical tools and our sense of sight
  • Imparting insights through art education programs
  • How the arts and ecology can incite change
  • Explorations of site-specific works of art

Please watch the conference website for an announcement about the launch of Sched, which will provide descriptions of conference programming, tours, and special events. It will be available on the web and as an app.

The Conference Planning Committee will offer regular posts as we move toward March 2019. The essential, need-to-know information will be sent to ARLIS-L and through all ARLIS/NA social media channels. The fun and entertaining tid-bits will only be shared on the blog and social media. So, be sure to subscribe to the blog or join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Nicole Beatty, Local Arrangements Co-Chair
Greg Hatch, Program Co-Chair
Luke Leither, Local Arrangements Co-Chair
Alex Watkins, Program Co-Chair