City Celebrates Launch of Community Art Project for Youth


September 21, 2015

Contact: Chris Peterson, Sorenson Unity Center (801) 232-3226

City Celebrates Launch of Community Art Project for Youth

SALT LAKE CITY — City and community leaders will celebrate the launch of OurSLC: Claim it! a multi-year community arts project of Salt Lake City’s Sorenson Unity Center and the communities of Glendale and Poplar Grove at 2 p.m. on September 22 at the 9-Line BMX Pump Track, 700 West and 900 South, in Salt Lake City. 

 The Glendale Middle School Latinos in Action youth group will kick off the project with the installation of a pop-up art work at one of the future sites of the National Endowment of the Arts-funded program. 

 The goal of the OurSLC: Claim it! project is to facilitate resident-engaged cultural planning and community arts engagement to enhance the livability of the west side communities through creative place-making.

 “This project is unique in the country for employing community arts as a tool for engaging residents in neighborhood master plans,” said Sorenson Unity Center Director Chris Peterson.  “However, I think the most exciting part about it is amazing opportunity for kids to get artistic. We’re asking participants to adopt one of these three spaces in the neighborhood then use some imagination and teamwork to design artwork for each site.”

 Working through a variety of civic engagement activities and programs, youth groups and neighborhood residents will explore what it means to claim their neighborhood, its rich history, diverse cultures and current vitality. 

 The project will help fulfill community-generated goals outlined in the West Side Master Plan, including activating three identified opportunity zones with the installation of public art. The Salt Lake City Arts Council and the Division of Parks and Public Lands are partners in this project.