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Friday, March 16, 2012

INTERVIEW AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITY, March 27 and 28 ARTbytes Community: Arts Education Project in Public Libraries

Contact: Danica Farley| danica.farley@utahmoca.org | 801.328.4201 x 115
www.utahmoca.org | 20 S West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

ARTbytes Community: Arts Education Project in Public Libraries

Salt Lake City, UT- ARTbytes Community (a collaborative program between the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) and Neighborhood House) teaches contemporary art making for 3rd - 6th grade youth. The final project of the season will include a performance piece on March 27, 4-5 p.m. at the Main Library and again on March 28, 4-5 p.m. at the Chapman Library. Media is invited for photo and interview opportunities.

On March 27 and 28, after engaging in a series of workshops focusing on the role of language and text in contemporary art, students will hide messages (positive salutations, compliments, hopes or wishes, etc.) they have written within the pages of books throughout the Main and Chapman libraries. The final project has focused on literacy, increased engagement with community, civic responsibility and positive self-esteem building. 

This type of practice links with relational artworks that consider human engagement and social contexts. “Each child is essentially being asked to create a message in a bottle of sorts where library patrons will find these works at a later date within books, creating a serendipitous happenstance,” said Felicia Baca, curator of education, UMOCA.

ARTbytes Community is a long-term, intensive visual arts education program. At-risk youth participate in weekly arts education classes with the goal of not only engaging with contemporary art, but increasing social and emotional skills, community engagement and critical and creative thinking skills necessary to become our community’s future leaders.

About Neighborhood House
Neighborhood House is Salt Lake City’s only private, not-for-profit adult and child day care that offers services based on clients’ ability to pay. Neighborhood House’s history hearkens back to the days when Utah was still just a territory. Emma McVicker, a former teacher in the Presbyterian schools, observed the needs of Salt Lake’s disadvantaged families and created an organization that was then known as the Free Kindergarten Association which was “to provide instruction for underprivileged children commensurate with that given in more favored districts; to come into closer touch with parents in poorly regulated homes; to raise standards of living; and to provide, when necessary, food and clothing.” Into its second century of service, Neighborhood House continues to meet these ideals by providing high quality child care with preschool and afterschool programs that prepare children for success in school, provide an opportunity to make friends and explore their interests. Neighborhood House also provides an adult day care service for nonaggressive adults that cannot be left alone during the day. Adult clients benefit from creative activities in a productive setting that help them to maintain their independence. Neighborhood House is proud to have served its community for 118 years.

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (formerly Salt Lake Art Center) was recognized as Best Museum in the State of Utah for 2011. Founded in 1931 and now located in the heart of Salt Lake City, UMOCA exhibits groundbreaking work by leading local and international artists. UMOCA is currently exhibiting 2012 Sundance Film Festival New Frontier, FAX and Onomatopoeia by Constant Dullaart. Coming up in June is Play Me I’m Yours, inviting people to show off their piano skills on street corners around downtown. UMOCA also offers a lively mix of award-winning educational programs, film screenings, panel discussions and events celebrating Salt Lake’s vibrant local art scene.
UMOCA is located at 20 S. West Temple and is open Tuesday-Thursday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Friday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free. For more information call (801) 328-4201 or visit www.utahmoca.org.

Danica Farley | Director of Communications | Utah Museum of Contemporary Art | 20 S. West Temple | Salt Lake City, UT 84101 | 801.328.4201 ext. 115

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