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Art Deco in Motion

Ogden may be Art Deco’s best-hidden gem. Come for the Art Deco, stay for one of the most vibrant art scenes in Utah.
By Maria Milligan

Cultural Cuisines Find New Homes in Provo

Three families share their heritage and culture in charming downtown Provo where restaurants showcase food from around the globe.
By Annie Hartvigsen

A Matter of Geological Consent

Over a billion years of the Earth’s geological history can be seen within an hour’s drive of Salt Lake City, where a modern landscape reflects ancient constraints.
By Darby Doyle

Utah Female Artists Explore the Sublime Through Art

At the intersections of landscape, domestic life and religion, female artists have created a renaissance in Utah.
By Ashley Mae Hoiland

You Are Where You Eat

Get to know Salt Lake City’s best Latino cuisine, brought to you by the same brown hands who have cared and perfected their flavors for centuries.
By Willy Palomo

We see people working together, being together, doing their part to make this a place we love with our whole hearts.

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Utah Explorer's Guide, Summer 2020

Creativity Within Constraints

About This Issue

Social distancing used to be nothing more than an introvert’s pastime. Ordering food-to-go was non-consequential, not essential, certainly not heroic. Yet within the constraints of the heartbreaking COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen normalcy fall apart, while seeing our communities fall toward one another in a variety of creative ways.

Constraints are familiar to the co-inhabitants of the Wasatch. This metropolitan corridor is squeezed between rising mountains and stretching bodies of water. Each season pushes its own agenda. Our geology and geography have long forced us to be thoughtful problemsolvers in how we develop and inhabit our built environment. We’re desert-dwellers after all. We’re also fault-line dwellers.

Inside our hearts, minds and homes, the constraints of these times emerged differently. As a collective, we’ve experienced the emotional and physical tolls of sickness, over-work, unemployment and financial uncertainty. We’ve felt fear, anxiety and confusion. We’ve also seen evidence of brilliance and determination. We’ve seen makeshift drivethrus, hand sanitizer produced in distilleries, artists turned mask-makers, hearts on the sides of near-vacant hotels, school lunches delivered to students without schools, and so much generosity.

Artists, chefs, musicians, recreators — humans — have long demonstrated the ability to thrive in unexpected ways when placed in one-of-akind circumstances. The past few months are no exception.

As you read these stories, consider how you can help our Wasatch Front community recover. And then do the same for our communities on the other side of the mountains and our rural towns across the state. Supporting local — supporting Utah — has never been needed more. We dedicate this issue to our urban innovators.

—Rosie Gochnour Serago, Editorial Director