Wisdom of the Water Closet
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Framework Arts will be at Alt Press Fest at the City Library this Saturday, October 13, from 12-5pm. Come by and see us and participate in...

Wisdom of the Water Closet – a participatory public artwork by Framework Arts

Latrinalia is a type of inscription made on latrines – that is, bathrooms or lavatory walls. Wisdom left in the water closet can take the form of art, drawings, or words. It can be simple or complex, personal or political. It transforms the stall into both a confessional and a public forum where we transfer our thoughts and advice to one another.

Surprise -- a lesson plan

art/inter/acts: Surprise -- inspired by the work of Brock Davis.

Photographer Brock Davis photographs everyday objects in unexpected ways to represent something else- such as a pile of blackberries transformed into a poodle, a pair of pencils transformed into chopsticks for rubber band noodles or a box of Kleenex that when set next to a picture of it, looks like a snow capped mountain.

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Find the lesson plan here (in pdf): page 1 and page 2

Creative Career Talks
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Recognizing that we build a creative community over time and from the ground up, Framework Arts and The City Library have put together a program that helps elementary and middle school students learn about non-linear career paths and creative career opportunities through connecting with local creative professionals. Presenters conduct sessions at the Day Riverside Branch and at Escalante Elementary.

Creative professionals are defined broadly- traditional art careers such as visual arts, performing arts and art/museum educators, but also other creative fields such as hair stylists, fashion designers, dj's and tattoo artists.

Join us for this program out at Day Riverside Library the third Monday of every month.

This program is funded through the generous partnership of The City Library and the Salt Lake Arts Council’s Arts Learning Grants.

Shawn TeigenProjects
Interruption (audio piece)

A big thank you to Joy and Steven of 3irons for collaborating with Framework Arts on a new audio project exploring the idea of interruptions in the lives of the youth at Eve Carlston Academy. Thank you to the young participants for their thoughtful and thought provoking discussions and interviews. A great project!

Promise: A Participatory Artmaking Experiment

Join Framework Arts for a participatory art making activity entitled, “Promise.” Visit our table in the Urban Room to receive instructions and a conversation prompt card. Record your brief walk and talk to be included in our short audio piece documenting what the theme means in the everyday life of our communities.

Where: The City Library: Main Branch

December 29th 1pm -4pm and December 31 10am -1pm

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Disappointment (audio piece)

On November 13, 2016, people gathered for the first Framework Walk. They were given a conversation prompt and walked around Liberty Park while discussing “disappointment.” Join us for our next Framework Walk at the City Library on December 29 and 31 for “promise.” 

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Chalk Project

Framework Arts is currently engaged in a wide variety of projects - out in the community and behind the scenes. Find out more about us and the work we are doing on our current projects page.

Jesse WalkerPublic art
Escalante Mural Project

The Escalante Mural Project spanned the spring and summer of 2016. This mural was designed by the entire 5th grade class, with submissions from other grades and even parents as well. Two panels, 35 feet wide and 10 feet high fill the front foyer of the school. See it in all its glory here.

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Live hard. Color hard. Fundraiser!

Thanks to everyone who attended our first fundraiser on Friday night! It was a great success. And particularly because we weren’t raided by the liquor or gambling police. We followed all of the laws and we still had fun... once we stopped imagining accidentally using the word "raffle" or something and then having a swat team storm in.

Family Art Studio Classes at Escalante Elementary
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Families making art together

Family Art Studio is a unique parent/child art class offered in the evenings at the school that the children attend. Families come together during 6-8 weekly sessions to find inspiration, make art, and eat dinner. Parents attend art classes with their children to create work focused on building personal visual narratives that are specific to their experiences.

Family Art Studio parent/child collaborative classes are:

  • A structured environment for parents to spend quality time in the school setting and build a sense of belonging in the school community.
  • A place where students can instruct their parents and showcasing their skills and expertise in the art room.
  • Parents and children negotiating a collaborative art making process.
  • A curriculum-building approach that invites participants to use contemporary art practices and objects as sources of inspiration for observation, discussion, and hands on production about themes relevant to their experiences

The theme for Spring 2017 was “If you really knew me…” For this session, Framework Arts collaborated with University of Utah faculty to conduct research examining among other things  a) how the participation and negotiation with artmaking between the adult and child influences their relationship in the family and their sense of cultural and racial identity, and b) whether it impacts a sense of belonging at the school. Sense of belonging is one of the critical factors for school success.

The theme for Spring 2016 was “Dreamers” as part of a collaboration with the Art Access Gallery. Families created family portraits and visual collages about their immigration and movement stories. This work was part of a gallery exhibit at Art Access during Fall 2016.

Family Art Studio at Escalante

Our first Family Art Studio at Escalante has concluded! Such a wonderful experience for Framework Arts and the families. In addition to beautiful family portraits, participants created a visual collage entitled, “Where we have been, where we are now, and what we hope for your future.”

The 4th night of Family Art Studio at Escalante. Families continue to negotiate the choices on the portraits. This part is the best, paintings that were okay last week suddenly become fantastically complicated! And next time will get even better. Everyone has requested extra nights!

Jesse WalkerProjects
SLC: Claim It! (overview of the art project)

Our SLC: Claim it! is a multi-year civic arts project with the west Salt Lake communities of Glendale and Poplar Grove. Working through a variety of civic engagement activities and programs, youth groups and neighborhood residents explored what it means to claim their neighborhood, its rich history, diverse cultures, and current vitality. They rendered it visible through a variety of public art making. On view at the Sorenson Unity Center beginning May 20th. Thanks to Kerri Hopkins!

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Family Art Studio

A partnership between Framework Arts and Art Access as part of their Dreamers programming and exhibit.

Salt Lake City is home to vibrant immigrant and refugee populations, presenting opportunities in our neighborhoods and schools for diverse storytelling in a variety of forms.

This class is being held on Wednesday evenings at Escalante Elementary, located in the West Pointe/Rose Park neighborhood. We have 13 families participating with children from 3-6th grade (and their younger siblings).

We have looked at a variety of artists to get inspiration for two projects: painted family portraits and mixed media drawn collages. The latter are entitled Where We Have Been, Where We Are Now, and Where We Hope We Are Going. Both projects are collaborative pieces that are being planned and created by all of the family members. A significant part of the class is the planning and discussion that has to happen between family members as they work out how they want to tell their stories and how they want to work together on the physical creation. Next week we begin painting, adding another layer to the stories and another layer of negotiations between kids and parents, the space and the materials.