The Helper Project recently announced a grant awarded in the amount of $6,000. This grant, received from the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts, is for a 2019 exhibition that will be at the Anne Jespersen Fine Arts Gallery and will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the laying of the golden spike at Promontory Point in Utah.
The exhibition has been deemed “Spike 150; A contemporary Exhibition of Historic Helper City and the Railroad.” Renowned Utah Art Historian Donna Poulton will be partnering with The Helper Project and will curate, as well as engage, with professional artists throughout Utah with a special emphasis on artists in Carbon County.
Inspiration for these artists will be focused around Historic Helper, including the routes, landscape and train. Coinciding with Helper’s First Friday event, the opening will take place on May 3, 2019 and is currently scheduled to run through Aug.18 of that year. This exhibition is anticipated to be one of the larger celebratory events that will be taking place through the state.