For all of the wonder and excitement that the state of Utah provides—exceptional skiing, exposure to nature and a relaxed atmosphere—the state is likewise celebrated for its commitment to education. And, luckily those who live at Summit Creek are mere minutes from Brigham Young University.
The university is dedicated to research, exploration and giving—among other things. But beyond the institution’s educational mission and its devotion to its students, BYU offers a lot to Utah residents. The university’s presence in the community is strong and welcomed, and these standout happenings are simply awaiting yours.
When school commences in the fall, the games begin. Football season is one that arrives with pomp as the locals turn out to attend university games, sporting BYU’s team colors and proudly displaying the Cougar mascot. The renowned team, which recently signed 22 new players to their 2018 class, delivers with action-packed games that keep locals coming back season after season. They even host postseason all-star games along with other off season events that locals enjoy as well.
As with past years, the 2018 season—which kicks off September 1, 2018—promises the same BYU excitement and pride that everyone loves. BYU also delivers in the men’s and women’s volleyball arenas, hosting exciting games from January through April. Much like the football players, the volleyball players are a focused and intense group of students, who never cease to make BYU proud thanks to strong recruiting, expert coaching and impressive records. Currently the men’s volleyball team is in full swing with a busy schedule, giving locals a lot of opportunity to see them play. The women’s team, however, is just gearing up for spring practice, which you can check out as well.
While locals are devoted to and appreciate the sports scene at BYU, there’s also a great deal of support for the university’s commitment to art. The BYU Museum of Art maintains a rotating roster of art exhibits and featured artists throughout the year. In the past they featured every original painting from Carl Bloch. Even before entering, its strong and thoughtful presence is palpable, designed by Los Angeles architect James Langenheim, and boasts a contemporary modern style with a host of natural light flowing through and the mountains as its backdrop.
Currently showcasing the thought provoking sketches of M.C. Escher and Gabriel Dawe’s Plexus no. 29, as well as several other intriguing exhibits, BYU’s Museum of Art is a destination for many locals, inviting them back time and time again to experience art, sit in on talks and expand their understanding of the world.
While the visual arts vibe is strong at BYU, so too are the performance arts. BYU’s Performance Arts Department features a wealth of talented students, faculty and staff, who—year after year—put on inspiring performances. Utah locals consistently turn out to see symphonic performances, acrobatic displays, dancing, singing and modern adaptations of classics like MacBeth and more.
And, naturally when the holiday season rolls around, BYU is as active as ever. The University hosts an annual Christmas Around the World show, designed to showcase and celebrate diversity around the world through music and dance. It’s a large scale production which includes over 200 performers and musicians. The BYU Arts department takes the lead on this and inspires each year.
Because BYU is so influential within the community, they also cater to families with children with the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum. It’s a welcomed pastime for families and a day of both learning and adventure for the kids. Loaded with fresh exhibits, events like Night at the Museum, live animal shows and interactive events like coloring contests, the museum is committed to keep kids engaged and learning.
*Photos courtesy of BYU