Opens today: Vacant Granite High transformed into art exhibit
Published: May 19, 2014 09:53AM
Updated: May 20, 2014 01:02PM
Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune Artist Jorge Arellano works on a spray paint mural in a class room inside the old Granite High School building in Salt Lake City, Utah Thursday, May 15, 2014. The old building will house "Dreamathon," an interactive art exhibit that utilizes murals, photography, music, writing and storytelling to empower visitors to discover and live their dreams. Over 150 artisans from the local community have joined together to create a landscape of dreams by transforming the main section of the historic building.

For more than 100 years, the old Granite High School housed teachers, students, desks and chalkboards.

Now, the otherwise vacant building will house something else entirely: art.

Starting Monday, the school will become a massive art exhibit as part of the first ever Dreamathon. More than 150 local artists came together to create murals, photography, music, writing and stories for the exhibit. The event will run from Monday through Saturday with speakers, performances, activities and food; find the details here.

Program director Johnny Patterson said he worked with The Dream Press, a publishing organization, and the Wheeler Foundation to produce the event. The cost to attend is $3 per person or $10 for the whole week, with proceeds going to the charity Pathway India, he said.

The event will be open to the public from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday.

Students from the Granite District will also visit the exhibit on field trips during the week.

“We knew we wanted to do something that would be able to inspire kids,” Patterson said. “That is our mission, to be able to inspire people to be able to live their dreams, and we each have a story to tell.”