Image via Flickr: R. Nial Bradshaw Cultural Changes Kicking Up Dust and Making Things New in Salt Lake City By AmyOliver 06/07/2016 Salt Lake City News This year is a big one for Salt Lake City: many of the city's beloved cultural institutions are getting a major facelift, and some new institutions are on the horizon. Whether you're a lover of space or flight, the arts, or books, there's something coming for you, and soon. Enjoy the Scent of a Crisp New...Library...Now Downtown Salt Lake City and its surrounding neighborhoods are booming, and with an increase in residents comes an increased demand for excellent community services, like the Salt Lake City Public Library. The Marmalade Library Branch opened in February 2016 and has already nestled right in as a popular hotspot for residents of the neighborhood and passersby looking for a different kind of library experience. The small cafe and coffee shop, large multipurpose room with tiered seating, and already-popular movie screenings and chocolate tastings are a big reason to visit this little library. Marmalade Library Branch280 West 500 North in Salt Lake CityOpen: Monday - Thursday 10am - 9pm, Friday - Saturday 10am - 6pm Take Flight at The Leonardo in August 2016 Image via The Leonardo You know The Leonardo for its famous traveling exhibits, like Body Worlds and the Dead Sea Scrolls. But if you've been paying attention over the past several years, you may have noticed more permanent and longterm exhibits making their way into the science and technology museum. Museum staff pondered, "What would Leonardo (da Vinci) do?" and imagined their way to a new permanent blockbuster exhibit, "FLIGHT." Featuring a fully restored C-131 aircraft that you can "fly" above the rest of the exhibit space, "FLIGHT" may just be your ticket to inspiration, curiosity, and fun in ways you had only yet imagined. Don't forget to bring along your bomber hat and goggles for the ride."FLIGHT" opens at The Leonardo in August 2016. You can get a ticket to the exhibit and a free pair of commemorative flight wings if you make a small donation to the project. Get Classy in Fall 2016 at the New Eccles Theater #downtownslc #visitsaltlake #801 A photo posted by Dee Brewer (@mrdeebrewer) on Mar 7, 2016 at 5:11pm PST If you've ever been to the theatre in Salt Lake City, you know that the city could use more space for cultural arts. And it's coming in October 2016 when the George S. and Dolores Dor? Eccles Theater opens on Main Street adjacent to Capitol Theatre. The 2,500-seat theater is already scheduled to host the likes of touring Broadway shows and famous comedians. The smaller Black Box is set to host local events and the six-story lobby connected to the street via retractable glass walls will open up to many a public art and street event.The Eccles Theater is set to open to the public in late October 2016. Set Phasers to "Stunning" at Clark Planetarium in Fall 2016 Image via Flickr: Anna C. Brandao Alves Space is the final frontier, unless you're Clark Planetarium, where space is the past, present, and future. After 50 years of serving the community (first as Hansen Planetarium) and 13 years at its present location, Clark Planetarium's exhibits program is getting a near-$3 million dollar facelift. Old favorites like the Rand McNally Earth globe and the Moon rock (brought over from the old location) will remain, but the rest of the Planetarium is fair game. The old Moon scape and Mars scape are being traded in for the landscape of a different alien world, and more hands-on and gamified exhibits are being added to the mix courtesy of the animation crew at Clark Planetarium Productions. The Planetarium will remain open during most phases of construction this summer, with full public access to the Orbital ATK IMAX and Hansen Dome theatres. Clark Planetarium's fully renovated exhibits program launches to the public in its "spacetacular" grand reopening on October 22, 2016. Fine Arts Get More Refined at UMFA in Early 2017 Image via Flickr: Mark Goebel The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) Marcia and John Price Museum Building closed in January 2016, but not forever. A year is a long time to wait for access to some of the finest art collections in the state of Utah, but the museum is undergoing a full renovation and reinstallation of its artwork sure to make the museum a better environment for the art and for its patrons. As part of the renovation, the museum is installing a state-of-the-art vapor barrier system to protect the 20,000 pieces in its collection. When the museum reopens, new pieces will be on display, accompanied by some familiar pieces that have been reinterpreted to make your museum-going experience more meaningful. In the meantime, staff continue to host programming at other locations, like Third Saturday for Families at the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex on the University of Utah campus, free as usual.UMFA is currently scheduled to reopen in early Spring 2017. Whether you're already a lover of fine arts, fun, and culture, or you want to be, Salt Lake City has a lot to offer, and a lot more coming your way. Stay tuned. Subscribe to get the best Salt Lake City stories delivered free right to your inbox. Yes Please! Thank you for subscribing!