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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—K–12 educators, artists, 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 spring 2017.



Take It or Make It: How Do We Build a Creative Community?
Wednesday, July 6 | 7 pm* | FREE
Salt Lake City Public Library, Marmalade Branch
*Join us at 6:30 pm for refreshments
This session is for art makers, educators, creative collaborators—anyone committed to ensuring community-wide access to art. Learn about current programs for school and public engagement, and discuss how we can create more opportunities reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history. Engage in hands-on art making, practicing the act of making and re- making. Discussion leaders include:

  • Megan Hallett | Arts Educator, Director of Framework Arts
  • Kelsey Ellis | Artist, Educator, Assistant Director of Salt Lake City Arts Council
  • Eugene Tachinni | Artist, University of Utah Adjunct Professor of Art
  • Gretchen Reynolds | Puppeteer

Relicensure points are not available to educators at this ACME Session. Click here to view upcoming teacher workshops eligible for in-service credit.

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Got Vision? How Can Art and Imagination Strengthen Community?
Wednesday, September 14 | 7 pm* | FREE
Salt Lake City Public Library, Glendale Branch
*Join us at 6:30 pm for refreshments



Museums: What Are They Good For?
Wednesday, March 9 | 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.

What's Hip-Hop Got to Do with Education?
Wednesday, May 11 | 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. Check out the video recap of this session on Vimeo or YouTube.

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ACME Sessions have received funding from Utah Humanities. Utah Humanities enriches our cultural, intellectual, and civic life by providing opportunities for all Utahns to explore life's most engaging questions and the wonders of the human experience.    

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ACME Session Hip-hop dancer

ACME Session I

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