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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.

 

UPCOMING ACME SESSIONS

Community Dance Mashup 
Wednesday, January 11 | 7 pm*
Salt Lake City Public Library, Marmalade Branch
Utah schools are rich with opportunities to create, perform, and observe dance. But do the concert dance forms most often taught in public schools, like ballet and modern, reflect the cultural forms practiced in our homes and social spaces? How can we integrate these forms and create an educational resource that enlightens our understanding of the diverse communities where we live and work?

This public forum brings a mix of dance styles into dialogue with one another. Session leaders will guide interactive exercisesno matter your ability or experienceto help us understand dance as a potent form of self-expression and cultural identity.

*Join us at 6:30 pm for refreshments.

 

PAST ACME SESSIONS

Understanding Transgender: A Discussion of Identity, Art, and Politics
Wednesday, November 9 | 7 pm | FREE
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.    

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. Check out the video recap on Vimeo or YouTube.

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. Check out the video recap on Vimeo or YouTube.

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.

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ACME Session, July Group Sculpture Activity

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