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ACME Session presents: Unstoppable  

Thursday, October 26 | 6–8 pm 
Main Branch Salt Lake Public Library | 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84102 


Join us for a panel discussion, Q&A, art activity, and story collection at the SLCPL Main Library! 


In partnership with the Gender-Based Violence Consortium at the U of U, local artist Lilian Agar, and the Salt Lake City Public Library, the UMFA will host a dynamic panel discussion with community partners, art-making, and personal story collection that provides a safe space for participants to discuss and heal from the trauma of domestic violence. Offering an inclusive, safe space that fosters dialogue among community members of all ages, we hope to engage with students and faculty, artists, advocates, and families of all types.   



Healing Memories Art Activity 

After the panel discussion and Q&A we’ll be led in “Healing Memories,” an art-making activity. This exercise will encourage us to reflect and use self-expression as a vehicle for emotional regulation. With the help of prompts that bring awareness to our bodies and the tension we may store in them, we'll facilitate wellness through mindful practices.  

We’ll be on our journeys together. With fellow participants we will be exploring our own comfort zones, creating safe places to give ourselves acceptance, self-compassion, space for emotional processing and personal expression. 


More on the Gender-Based Violence Consortium  

The GBVC seeks to celebrate local leadership currently advocating for gender-based violence, by normalizing and championing resilience. Their intention is to share with the community a collection of multimedia portraits and artworks, and to provide positive learning experiences to the audience about collective perspectives and experiences. As a result, the community can benefit from the long-lasting effects of education to prevent violence while promoting their overall wellbeing.  


The Panelists 


Annie Isabel Fukushima 

Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the Interim Associate Dean of Research and Academic Affairs for the School for Cultural & Social Transformation. Dr. Fukushima is the project lead and co-principal investigator for the Gender-Based Violence Consortium.   


Lilian Agar 

Originally from Mexico and previously based in Los Angeles, Lilian Agar is a Salt Lake City multi-media artist-activist, correctional counselor, therapist in training and undergraduate research fellow at the Gender-Based Violence Consortium in the University of Utah.  


Yolanda Francisco-Nez 

Ms. Francisco-Nez is the executive director of Restoring Ancestral Winds, Inc.. Yolanda is a strong advocate of the Native people, especially women and children, and uses her expertise to help inform policy and advocate change.   


Brandy Farmer 

Brandy is a recognized leader in Utah regarding domestic violence prevention education and has developed curriculum to educate faith leaders, law enforcement, healthcare providers, journalists, business and professional leaders, and general populations-including teens and parents’ education on dating violence prevention.    


Trinh Mai 

Trinh is passionate about promoting the health and wellbeing of marginalized communities, people in general, and our planet. She currently owns and runs a private practice: Trinh Mai Counseling & Consulting where she conducts individual psychotherapy and well-being workshops.  




Gender-Based Violence Consortium, U of U 

School for Cultural & Social Transformation, U of U 

Mellon Foundation 

Utah Domestic Violence Coalition

ZAP, University of Utah