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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.



Understanding Transgender: A Discussion of Identity, Art, and Politics
Wednesday, November 9 | 7 pm* | FREE
Salt Lake City Public Library, Main Library, Fourth Floor Conference Room
*Refreshments served at 6:30 pm
The recent focus on transgender issues by the media and entertainment industry has raised public awareness  of the trans community. Unfortunately, awareness does not always lead to understanding. Despite the heightened interest and exposure, there is still a great deal of public confusion about what trans identity is and, just as importantly, what it is not. How long has there been a transgender community? Where does transgender identity originate? What do those who support the transgender community want most?

In this public forum we'll examine these questions and explore the roots of some of the public confusion by looking at history, culture, and art. We'll also examine popular beliefs about sex, sexuality, and gender and discuss the role art museums and other public institutions might play to increase understanding. Session leaders:

Gabriella Blanchard (She, Her, Hers)
Coordinator of Education and Outreach
University of Utah LGBT Resource Center

Romeo Jackson (They, Them)
Graduate Teaching Assistant
University of Utah Gender Studies Program

Whitney Tassie (She, Her, Hers)
Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
Utah Museum of Fine Arts

David Hawkins, Ph.D. (He, Him, His)
Assistant Professor and Lecturer
University of Utah Department of Writing & Rhetoric Studies


Got Vision? How Can Art and Imagination Strengthen Community?
Wednesday, September 14 | 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.

Take It or Make It: How Do We Build a Creative Community?
Wednesday, July 6 | 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. 

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. 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 | 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.

ACME Session, Sep 2016 art making

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ACME Session, July Group Sculpture Activity

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ACME Session Hip-hop dancer

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