The weekend festival not only raises awareness for Utah’s LGBT community and helps fund the Utah Pride Center but it also stands as an important community activity. Thousands of individuals from different backgrounds and beliefs converge on Salt Lake City to unite for one cause. Because of its attendance and scope of community involvement, it has solidified itself as one of Utah’s top social events.
Being involved with the festival gives the campus an opportunity to show support to individuals that play an important part in our society. The school’s involvement helps bring people together and demonstrate a ‘we care’ philosophy. Marching in a parade and having a booth at a festival may sound minimal, but actually showing up and participating in an event goes beyond words and creates a lasting impact.
The event also allowed a number of BEAU students to get involved and show their support. Through BEAU’s history, the school has provided a number of opportunities for students to think objectively about the world around them. Students have hosted an arts exhibit touching on the themes of sexual violence and bullying. Students are also encouraged to expand their artistic views a number of current events and social topics. While the school does not take an active stance on a variety of civic issues, the campus does provide opportunities for students to reflect on the world around them and convey those feelings through art.