Projection Mapping: What is projection mapping? 

Projection mapping is a video projection technique that creates the optical illusion of 3D effects on an object or building. These works exemplify the power of creativity when bringing together light art and technology. ILLUMINATE 2020 presents three large-scale projection pieces as part of this year’s “festival”. The displays are free and open to the public for viewing. Show will run nightly from sunset to 10 pm, every 20 minutes. 

Thank you to Sundance Institute for their support of these projects.

City County Building | REFLECT SAlt lake  

When: November 13 – November 29, sunset to 10 pm  

Where: 451 S 200 East (viewing area from the lawn on 200 E)

Content and Technical Direction by Mindhum 

Union Pacific Depot at The Gateway

When: November 13 – November 29, sunset to 10 pm  

Where: 15 S Rio Grande Dr. (viewing area from the Olympic Fountain at The Gateway)

Content and Technical Direction by L and V Technical Designs 


McCarthey Plaza at Eccles Theater 

When: November 25 – November 29, sunset to 10 pm  

Where: 150 S Regent St. (viewing area from McCarthey Plaza behind Eccles Theater)

Content and Technical Direction by Webb Integration

Spy hop presents:
Here for Tomorrow:                                      Projecting messages of hope and unity from Utah Youth

When: November 13 – November 29, sunset to 10 pm

Where: Spy Hop’s Kahlert Youth Media Arts Center 208 W. Harvey Milk Blvd (900 south)  The projection art will be on display in the recording studio window that faces 900 south,  at the ground level.   
The work includes projection and audio.

Collaboration between Spy Hop staff, teaching artists, and students
Daniel Morante
Daniel Stergios
Connor Estes
Erasmo Martinez
Evan Budd
Faye Walker
India Prazen
Jaran Holt
Jared Gillmore
Jennifer Ong
Kayra Gungor
Kaleb Johnson
Liz Schulte
Lucas Fisher
Lyra Shaw
Max Longman


Using the prompts of unity and healing, Spy Hop Teaching mentors asked their students to respond and create visual and audio works that illustrate the world around them. Abstract, poignant and ever changing, this work asks the viewer to tune in and pay close attention to their own emotions while being receptive to the world around them. 

Illuminate’s Sidewalk Cinema at the gateway

Enjoy thought-provoking cinematic shorts while taking a stroll through The Gateway. The short films can be seen (and heard) outside of the Urban Arts Gallery at 116 S Rio Grande in Downtown Salt Lake City during gallery hours.

November 13 – November 29 (closed Mondays) 

12:00 – 9:00 pm Tues – Sun

Sundance Institute presents a series of Indigenous Short Films:

This year, the world has changed in ways that many of us would never have dreamed possible. Despite many facets of our everyday lives being turned upside down during this time of pandemic, what emerges is a different kind of opportunity for creativity to emerge and flourish.

See how Sundance Institute–supported Indigenous filmmakers have been making sense of these times through their art and acts of reciprocity with their communities. These 3 min videos will be shown continuously with video and sound projecting outside.

#WarriorUp in the Fight Against Covid-19 at

Visit to learn more about Sundance Institute Indigenous Program

Featured Film Makers:
Shaandiin Tome (Diné)
ʻĀina Paikai (Native Hawaiian)
Charine Gonzales (San Ildefonso Pueblo)
Kyle Bell (Creek-Thlopthlocco Tribal Town)
Erica Tremblay (Seneca-Cayuga)
Christopher Nataanii Cegielski (Diné)





Create Reel Change presents a series of short films that focus on mental health and healing. View them nighty as part of ILLUMINATE’s Sidewalk Cinema.


November 13 – November 29 (closed Mondays)

12:00 – 9:00 PM Tues – Sun

Winter Magic Art Shop Windows at the gateway

Take a guided audio tour at The Gateway to experience the Winter Magic Art Shop Windows.


A free app guides you through 14 installations created by talented Utah artists on this short (.5 mile) art stroll.   Hear the inspiration behind each piece in the artists’ own words.

Map and app info here:

digital clock tower

ILLUMINATE artist Dean Cheesman takes over Gateway’s Digital Clocktower to present his piece: Our continual escape from the world we’re creating

Check it out nightly from 11/13 – 11/29.

Luminosity Curiosity Showcase

11/20 and 11/27, 7 to 9 pm 

At The Gateway (between 100 and 200 South) 


Oh the lengths that we will go, to deliver you a show! 

Our menagerie of performance artists are staged behind the glass as the audience gazes inward from the pedestrian corridor. Curious? Then don’t miss these two special performances on 11/20 and 11/27. If you like what you see, support local artists using cashless tipping options.


everyone dreams

Dreamscapes: Salt Lake City’s Immersive Art Experience was born at ILLUMINATE in 2018. For the month of November, all tickets are discounted to $10. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the space before its move and redesign. Reserve your ticket today: