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!

Jesse WalkerPublic art
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.

Week 1: Mural Project

What a relief it is to find out the thing you have been pretending that you know how to do turns out to be something that you might actually be able to do!

Shawn TeigenPublic art