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Herriman Arts Council connects residents with virtual talent and variety show

May 05, 2020 11:11AM ● By Stephanie Yrungaray

By Stephanie Yrungaray | [email protected]

Auditoriums are empty and summer musicals are cancelled, but that isn’t stopping the Herriman Arts Council from bringing “Culture While Quarantined” through virtual events. From March 30 through April 14, the HAC hosted a virtual variety and talent show on Facebook. 

“As an arts council we are thinking of things we could do to encourage people to utilize this time being quarantined,” said James Crane, chair of the HAC. “We started to sense that people were losing touch and not feeling connected. We thought this was a way to take advantage of the situation and find an upside in this.” 

Fifty-one entries were posted to the Herriman Arts Council Variety and Talent Show event page on Facebook. Entries included more traditional singing and instrument performances as well as skits, cup stacking, Lego creations and even a ventriloquist sharing a sweet message about staying healthy during the quarantine. 

The HAC, city representatives and the town mascot the Yeti met virtually to choose winners who will receive a gift basket with prizes from local businesses. 

Youth winners included JT Rigby, Eliza Wassom, Maxwell Broadhead, Benjamin Meibos, Katelyn Meibos, Savanna Wassom and Dallin Oaks. 

Adult winners were Camille and Patrice Densley, Aimee Crandall, Amy Gwilliam, Mike Handy, Sean Hyte, Dave Winters, Kayla Hyte and the Hall family. 

The Yeti award went to Julie Ann Money, Whitney Arnell and Emily Berbert. 

Crane said it was difficult to choose between so many talented entries. 

“The talent of all who participated was exceptional,” said Crane. “Honestly, everyone is a winner in my eyes just for having the courage to showcase their talent in this way. During this time of ‘Stay home, Stay Safe,’ the HAC encourages residents to spend more time enjoying, developing and sharing their talents as well as exploring new creative outlets.”

The HAC has other virtual events planned for the future, including virtual art classes and virtual concert showcases. You can follow their Facebook page @HerrimanArtsCouncil to see future events.

“The arts have been really hit hard,” said Crane. “We know a lot of plays and musicals had to be cancelled. It has definitely been an interesting time, and that has driven our desire to help keep arts alive and in front of people.”

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