Festival features art inspired by Buddhism

Posted at 10:04 PM, Feb 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-18 00:04:02-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- People packed the Utah Buddhist Arts Festival Sunday evening at the University of Utah; the event featured forms of visual expression inspired by Buddhism.

The idea for the festival started with a student named Kagan Breitenbach, who is now the event coordinator.

“The biggest reason for this is to promote spiritual diversity while allowing artists an opportunity to display their art,” He said. “It started because I'm a student composer here at the U, and I was studying Buddhism at the same time, and I wrote a piece for my piano teacher and her husband to play, and I was really crazy about the idea that other people were making similar art… and it didn't take me too long to find other people who fit that description.”

This is the festival’s third year, and the money raised goes to a traditional Tibetan Buddhist temple in Salt Lake City.