Old high school transformed into interactive art exhibit

Posted at 9:48 PM, May 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-17 23:48:02-04

SALT LAKE CITY – A group of artists have breathed new life into the old Granite High School, and the result is an interactive art exhibit.

The Dreamathon is a creative and interactive exhibit organizers hope will inspire and empower the community.

More than 150 people collaborated on the project and transformed the south wing of the 100-year-old building into a unique experience for visitors.

Johnny Patterson is the director of the Dreamathon program, and he spoke about the project.

“The Dreamathon is a project that we came together, a number of individuals, just wanting to be able to create a program for the community,” he said. “To have a reason to dream big, and Granite High School was the place to make it happen.”

The art will remain in place after the exhibit closes, regardless of what happens to the old school building.

“We honestly don't know the projected outcome of the school,” Patterson said. “That was never our intention, to propose a different outcome for the school. But what it has been is a community project, proving that not only the school itself has value but kind of the message that we want to share is that we each have a story to tell, and this school has a story, and we're writing the pages of the new chapter right now.”

The exhibit takes visitors through 20 redesigned classrooms, which are painted to the shows theme “DREAM” or Discover, Remember, Experience, Ask and Make.

See the video above for more information about the exhibit, which runs May 19-24. Tickets are $3, click here for details.