taying in Provo this spring and summer? We have a variety of fun things you can do at the Harris Fine Arts Center or the Museum of Art. Plus, most of them are free! So grab a date, a group of friends or just yourself and enjoy these thirteen things you can do at BYU.

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BYU Young DanceMakers: Dancepedia May 6 & 7

The Young DanceMakers are the performing company of the BYU Children’s and Teen’s Creative Dance program. 140 youthful performers ages 6-18, directed by Kathleen B. Sheffield with Malisalee Gardner as assistant director, will delight audiences as they incorporate their own ideas and movements in original imaginative dances that explore words that move us.

Audience members will enjoy dances inspired by machines, swimming, kaleidoscopes, laws of motion, playing on the playground along with other words of discovery. A magical opportunity awaits, as some of life’s energies and movements are brought to life by these talented young dancers in Dancepedia.

Student Recitals FREE

Support your fellow classmates as they perform solo recitals this summer. On the lineup we have Tara Austin and Dru Daniels in vocal performance. Check the BYU Arts site for final dates and times and bring a date to hear exquisite vocals, free of charge.

Dru Daniels
Students watching animation

Walk the galleries in the HFAC FREE

Ever noticed the artwork in the HFAC during the school year? Well it rotates throughout the summer too! Take a leisurely stroll through the B. F. Larsen gallery, gallery 303 or the galleries on the 4th and 5th floors.

Jazz Legacy Dixieland Band May 12 FREE

“Nothing conjures up the vision of 1920s America more than the swinging music of BYU’s Dixieland band Jazz Legacy. As guest performer at international jazz festivals, Jazz Legacy has earned an international reputation quality performance — while its repertoire of Dixieland standards and their fast-paced stage show has won it a name for entertainment at schools, conventions, and civic concerts. Featuring clarinet, trombone, trumpet, piano, banjo, drums, and bass, Jazz Legacy brings back the memories of a bygone era.” — BYU Music website

jazz band

Film screening: “Broken Arrow” May 19 FREE

Join the MOA for a free film screening of the 1950 film Broken Arrow in conjunction with the current exhibition Branding the American West: Paintings and Films 1900-1950.

Broken Arrow, starring Jimmy Stewart as Tom Jeffords, is a 1950 western drama film. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards and won one Golden Globes award for Best Film Promoting International Understanding. According to film historians, it is one of the first post-war films to be sympathetic to Native Americans.

Get tickets to upcoming BRAVO! Concerts May 23

Tony Award-winning actors, Grammy Award-winning musicians, and celebrated dancers and theatre-makers from ten different countries come to Provo next season for an unparalleled program of world-class performances. From Broadway legends to chamber music masters and time-honored dance to thrilling circus—there are many treasures to discover during the new season of professional performing arts at BYU. Additional information about each performance will be available in the coming weeks. Get your season or individual tickets on May 23 at arts.byu.edu. 

Kristin Chenoweth
Charlottes Web

Charlotte’s Web May 26-28, June 2-4, 8-11

Adapted from “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years” (Children’s Literature Association), this heartfelt drama about friendship boasts a girl with the ability to understand the language of animals, a gluttonous rat, an irresistible young pig, and an extraordinary spider who works a miracle within the magic of her fragile web.

Family Arts Festival June 3

Mark your calendar! The annual Family Arts Festival at the MOA is on Friday, June 3, from 10 AM – 3 PM! This year, the Family Arts Festival is themed in conjunction with the new exhibition, “Capturing the Canyons: Artists in the National Parks.” Families and children are invited for a FREE day of art, activities, crafts, storytelling, demonstrations from the Bean Museum, and even a visit from Cosmo!

BYU ballroom

BYU Ballroom Dance Company: Blackpool Premiere Showcase May 24

The BYU Ballroom Dance touring company presents their full concert repertoire and debuts their new competitive Ballroom and Latin medleys as they prepare to compete in the famed British Formation Championships in Blackpool England.

Now at the Covey Center for the Arts.

Take a tour at the Museum of Art

Get a personal tour of various exhibitions at the MOA this summer with one of their tours! The MOA offers several educator and curator tours on Wednesdays. See their website for more details.

MOA tour
Art with heart

Art with Heart, Date Night at the MOA

Art with Heart is a fun new program that allows patrons to have a semi-guided experience at the BYU Museum of Art while on a date. Armed with a fresh new scavenger hunt featuring questions, activities, coupons, and prizes, you and your date are sure to have a fun and cultural experience! These scavenger hunts are available for free at the front desk. Be sure to check out the MOA Café for lunch Monday-Friday or for dinner on Friday evenings for a special Art with Heart offer! — MOA website

The Lost Children of Hamelin June 8-11

Germany, 1295. The village of Hamelin has no children; they have been taken by the piper. A note was posted on the bell tower threatening death to the inhabitants of the town if a child is ever found in the village again. Anna still believes they will return, but her hope falters when a little girl stumbles into town and sets into motion a series of events that reveal the true identity of the piper and the fate of the lost children.

Lost children of Hamlin
Art after dark poster

Art After Dark June 24 – Stay tuned!

A new exhibition opened at the MOA and an Art After Dark celebration is in order. Join the MOA late June in welcoming “Capturing the Canyons: Artists in the National Parks.” Inspired by the centennial anniversary of the U.S. National Parks Service in 2016, this exhibition provides another way for the community to celebrate these remarkable outdoor spaces, explore the history of the parks, and pay homage to these beautiful lands.

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