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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

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

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.