Hangovers aren’t always bad things. First, it means you had a good time. Second, it gives you the opportunity to reflect back on what actually happened. And just because it is a hangover doesn’t mean it involved booze. Every quarter BEAU hosts BEAU.Palooza, which doesn’t involve mass consumption but does give the campus a chance to showcase what has been going on with our students. Our proverbial hangover from the open house is giving us an occasion to celebrate the fact that the Salt Lake arts community is alive and well.
You don’t have to look any further than the first floor at BEAU to see how the arts community is picking up steam. Step onto the stage and you’ll see a fully functioning television set designed for multiple television themes. Add a couple TV personalities and you have everything you need for television gold.
A partnership between BEAU and entrepreneur/television host Tony Toscano is on track to create a line of new shows for the Utah market. Tony created his own idea for a television show and recently got the green light for production from ABC 4 and CW 30. A completely student-run BEAU production team is producing the series with the possibility of more shows for the networks in the near future.
Walk down the hall and you’ll also witness a busy audio studio. In any given week, local musicians stroll in and out of the studio giving students a first-hand learning experience while allowing new artists the opportunity to record in a professional studio.
A mix between college academics and those that are living within the entertainment industry is only possible due to a growing arts scene. Salt Lake City is still no Los Angeles, however. Some might even assume that the area doesn’t boast an arts environment at all. But somewhere between an eclectic undercurrent and America’s next big art city is where you will find Salt Lake.
“The power of SLC’s art scene is that it is underground, hidden and one has to wait for it to appear or seek it out,” says BEAU Creative Arts Executive Program Chair Rando Schmook. “It’s virtually everywhere, powerful art and artists hiding in the cracks and recesses of Salt Lake City waiting for the call. They are like the homeless at sundown, suddenly appearing, demanding our attention and causing us to wonder, then retreating once again.”