Our vision began in 1978 when Stephanie Burn determined that her college students at Utah State University had lost their ability to think creatively. VAI came as the result of her desire to teach children how to maintain and foster their creativity throughout their lives. Since the founding of the institute, thousands of youth have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of local working artists in the community in a variety of media.
2901 S. Highland Dr. SLC, UT 84106 (801) 474-3796
In 1998, Bruce Robertson took over as the Executive Director. That same year, VAI began working with public schools and offering tuition assistance to provide better access to low-income youth. By expanding these programs, services, and instruction to more youth, VAI has become an essential part of Salt Lake's art community.
Many students earn local, state, and national awards, and receive scholarships and entrance into top universities and art schools throughout the country. Their success is due in part to VAI's dedication to assisting serious art students build their confidence, technical skills, and portfolios. Bruce Robertson's on-going guidance has helped students gain a competitive edge over other applicants by coaching them through their high school years and offering invaluable insight as students pursue higher education.