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Utah Museum of Contemporary Art announces spring/summer 2012 Family Art Saturdays (SLC: May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug 11)

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.

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art announces spring/summer 2012
Family Art Saturdays

For Immediate Release:
April 17, 2012

Salt Lake City – The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art announces the 2012 spring and summer dates for its Family Art Saturday series. This free program occurs every second Saturday of each month (May 12, June 9, July 14 and Aug. 11) and is a corner piece of UMOCA’s youth educational programming and outreach for kids. Children of all ages and their adult companions are invited to creatively explore the museum’s current exhibitions through hands-on arts activities led by a staff of museum educators and volunteers.

In May, Family Art Saturday offers families and children the chance to try their hands at printmaking—an extension of the concepts contained in the exhibit FAX. In June, families can decorate a piano for the city-wide installation of Play Me, I’m Yours, a musical intervention on the streets of Salt Lake City. In July, children will create their own flags that celebrate their personal identities and histories, in celebration of the Days of ’47. In August, families will make and decorate accordion books to be used for personal journals, reflecting themes found in UMOCA’s newest exhibition Cantastoria.

“With my own kids, I’m always looking for a fun activity for a wide age range. Family Art Saturday at UMOCA is that is that and more. It is also culturally expanding, educationally and best of all, absolutely free,” said Laura Allred Hurtado, education associate at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. “Kids throughout the community come to the museum, make art, and enjoy wandering through the galleries and participating with the interactive exhibitions. It makes for a great and wonderfully affordable day.”

Family Art Saturday is an open house from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Families can come and go any time during the event and reservations are not required. UMOCA’s Family Art Saturday studio is stocked full of tools that can expand your child’s creative exploration and build their imaginations. For more information, complete descriptions and dates for upcoming Family Art Saturdays, visit www.utahmoca.org/family-saturdays.

The award-winning Utah Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits groundbreaking artwork by local, national, and international artists. Five gallery spaces provide an opportunity for the community to explore the contemporary cultural landscape through UMOCA’s exhibitions, films, events, classes, and presentations.

Founded in 1931, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art has been recognized as Best Museum in the State of Utah and recently was awarded the largest two-year support grant in the nation by the Andy Warhol Foundation.

UMOCA is currently exhibiting: 2012 Sundance Film Festival New Frontier, FAX , Onomatopoeia by Constant Dullaart, Meaning by Joshua Luther, Questions for My Father by Karl Haendel and Petter Ringbom, and  Let Them Eat Cupcakes, by Elizabeth Tobias. In May, UMOCA opens The Invincibility Fable by Mark Hedengren. And in June, three new exhibitions open including Play Me, I’m Yours, Cantastoria, and the U.S. museum premiere of work by Berlin artist Christian Jankowski.

Located at 20 S. West Temple; 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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