Visitors from around the world visit Moab for its incredible landscapes
and scenic beauty. Many are moved by the beauty found here and express
that beauty in the arts. Some actually move to Moab because of their desire
to be more closely connected with the inspiration for their art. Whether
you come to Moab for adventure, to play, or for business, you can always
find something going on in the arts to extend and enhance your stay!
Moab may have more artists-per-capita than any other town in America,
certainly in Utah! Here you can find painters, potters, poets, photographers,
and writers, dancers, actors, musicians and mimes. There are also jewelers,
sculptors, playwrights and just about any other form of artist and art
that you can think of, including body art! The Moab Artist Directory has
identified over 200 practicing artists (almost 2.5% of the county population)
and the number keeps on growing.
Well before Moab was founded, the people of the Fremont and Anasazi cultures
practiced their own forms of art. Rock art, in the form of petroglyphs
and pictographs, are found at hundreds of sites within a short radius of
Moab. Combined with the art forms of the early pioneers and the thriving
arts community of today, Moab has nurtured creativity for eons.
Supporting and complimenting the work of resident artists
is a growing number of businesses who sell artwork. There are several fine
art galleries, 3 bookstores and a host of other businesses who display
local artists work.
Moab is also the home of several internationally known arts events. The Moab
Music Festival and the Moab
Folk Festival have made their mark. The annual Moab
Arts Festival draws both visitor and residents to Swanny City Park
for fun and festivities. Check out our Calendar
of Events page for the latest arts events.
Moab Photography Symposium |
Moab Arts Festival
O’Laurie Museum of Moab and the Moab
Information Center host a lecture series focusing on area human and
natural history. The Moab
Arts and Recreation Center conducts a year-round series of diverse
classes ranging from tai-chi to watercolor.
Public art is growing in Moab. Numerous government and private buildings
are adorned with murals painted by local adult and child artists. City
Hall (217 East Center Street) is home to the Moonstone Gallery (outdoor
sculpture) and is right next to Sun Court, Star Hall (theater) and our
new county library.
The Moab Arts Council is "your one-stop for the arts in Moab." Visit
their website www.moabartscouncil.org to
view a list of services and activities. The Moab Arts Council's mission
is to promote and support the arts in Southeastern Utah. They act as an
arts advocacy, leadership and granting organization. This is done with
the belief and understanding that arts activities, events and education
provide for general community well-being while contributing to economic
diversity. Ultimately they see the growth of the arts in all directions
as simply making Moab a better place to be for residents and visitors alike.
For more information regarding the Moab Arts Council visit:
its formation in 1997, the Moab Arts and Recreation Center (MARC) has become
a place where community is built. The renovated church, constructed in
1925, sat vacant for two years before volunteers brought the building and
the idea of an arts center to life. Today the MARC (111 East 100 North)
is a center for art classes and workshops, special events & cultural
- Classes & Workshops - Ongoing classes
and seasonal workshops include: Ceramics, Watercolor Painting, Silk Scarf
Painting, Stained Glass, Pottery, Art Coach for Kids ages 7-14, and Art
Coach for Adults.
- Special Events & Cultural Offerings
- The MARC
regularly hosts special events such as the Youth Garden Project's Chocolate
Lovers Fling, Moab Repertory Theatre productions, The Holiday Craft Fair,
monthly Art Walk exhibits, the moving waters art exhibit in May and June,
concerts, dances, and lectures.
Moab Information Center
Once you arrive in Moab, your first stop should be the Moab Information
Center. Conveniently located at the corner of Main and Center Street in
Moab, the MIC offers information on recreational opportunities and visitor
services throughout southeastern Utah. Allow some time for the interpretive
displays and large gift shop featuring guide books, maps, videos, DVD's,
postcards, and much more.
GPS - Moab Info Ctr
38° 34' 22.4" N
109° 33' 0.1" W
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