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ACME Initiative


ACME Sessions

ACME (Art. Community. Museum. Education.) is an outreach initiative dedicated to rethinking the public role of the museum. ACME is twofold: the ACME Lab, a physical space for art experimentation, and the ACME Sessions, a series of roundtable public exchanges where participants can dream and articulate new models of education and community engagement through art.

These bimonthly ACME Sessions bring together Salt Lake City's most creative, inventive, and cross-disciplinary minds—artists, educators, museum professionals, university faculty and students, engineers, scientists, technologists, activists, researchers, and others.

The ACME Lab—a flexible space for research, creative exploration, and exhibitions—is slated to launch at the UMFA in 2017.



Women in Migration    
Thursday, April 27 | 6:30 pm | FREE
Salt Lake City Public Library, Main Library
Utah is a welcoming state to immigrants, currently hosting 60,000 refugees fleeing persecution, violence, and war.  Eight percent of our state's population is foreign born, with a large representation of migrants from Canada, Mexico, and China. Explore the political, social, and economic issues of immigration with Session leaders from The Institute of (im)Possible Subjects—a transnational feminist collective of artists, writers, and researchers:

Damali Abrams the Glitter Priestess | Artist, New York City
Dalida María Benfield | Artist and researcher, Vermont College of Fine Arts
Annie Isabel Fukushima | Assistant professor, College of Social Work and School for Cultural and Social Transformation, Ethnic Studies program, University of Utah

Through film screenings, performance, and a video/media making workshop we seek to create dialogue and imagery reflecting the experience of women in these migratory times. Bring your stories and enthusiasm to learn about migration and how it impacts our communities. We welcome all ages, genders, and national origins to this timely discussion as we grapple with our twenty-first-century reality—people, family, and even objects on the move.     



Envisioning our Futures Community Dinner
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 6:30 pm | FREE

Salt Lake City Public Library, Glendale Branch
Spy Hop and the UMFA are hosted a community dinner to creatively identify and investigate public issues facing our country and the world. Through hands-on art activities, group exercises, and discussion participants explored the question, "What are our desired futures?" The goal was to inspire creative, collective action. Check out the video recap on Vimeo or YouTube.

This event was part of a national 50-State Dinner Party Project, a National Collective Action initiative from The ALLIANCE for Media Arts and Culture.

Community Dance Mashup 
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | 7 pm | FREE
Salt Lake City Public Library, Marmalade Branch
People of all ages and abilities joined together to perform and observe a variety of dance forms—from concert to cultural—taught in schools and social spaces. When mashed together, these dance forms and interactive exercises helped participants better understand dance as a potent form of self-expression and cultural identity. Check out the video recap on Vimeo or YouTube.

Understanding Transgender: A Discussion of Identity, Art, and Politics
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 | 7 pm
Salt Lake City Public Library, Main Library
Educators from the University of Utah joined community participants to explore transgender identity, address some of the public confusion, and increase awareness about gender issues. By looking at history, culture, and art, participants examined popular beliefs about sex, sexuality, and gender and discussed how art museums and other public institutions can increase understanding. Check out the video recap on Vimeo or YouTube..   

Got Vision? How Can Art and Imagination Strengthen Community?
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | 7 pm
Salt Lake City Public Library, Glendale Branch
Art makers of all ages collaborated in hands-on activities guided by University of Utah art educators and art education students. While experimenting with printmaking, found materials, wood, and simple machines participants considered how making art can envision something different for ourselves, our community, and our world. Check out the video recap on Vimeo or YouTube.

Take It or Make It: How Do We Build a Creative Community?
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 | 7 pm
Salt Lake City Public Library, Marmalade Branch
Local art makers, art educators, and creative collaborators gathered for hands-on art making in sessions guided by representatives of Framework Arts, Salt Lake City Arts Council, and individual art practices. Participants made and re-made art in various mediums and then discussed the experience and its relevance to ensuring a vibrant and inclusive creative community. Check out the video recap on Vimeo or YouTube.

What's Hip-Hop Got to Do with Education?
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | 7 pm

Salt Lake City Public Library, Glendale Branch
Presentations and performances from local artists and educators wowed an audience of more than 100 guests and participants, demonstrating the value of hip-hop as an important art form as well as a relevant educational vehicle. Read more about this session on the UMFA blog and check out the video recap on Vimeo or YouTube.

Museums: What Are They Good For?
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 | 7 pm
Salt Lake City Public Library, Main Library
Leaders of local museums—the UMFA, the Natural History Museum of Utah, The Leonardo, and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art—presented strategies for attracting and engaging diverse audiences. Read more about this session on the UMFA blog and check out the video recap on Vimeo or YouTube.

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