‘Claim It!’ launches with Youth City Sorenson

My name is Elisabeth Bunker, and I am one of the community teaching artist for the ‘Claim It!’ project, part of the OurSLC project. I’m working with a Youth City group of younger students, grades 4-8. The project we develop over the next several months will be installed somewhere around the vicinity of the Sorenson Campus and the Three Creeks Confluence with the Jordan River.

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Our classroom at Sorensen Multicultural Center, part of Youth City. Students Dakota, Zack and Fayla work on their claims.

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Dakota gets her markers and colored pencils ready to draw!

The students will spend the next several months working on ideas, artwork and projects based on their “claims”, which is a framework for helping residents of west side Salt Lake City help define their space in many senses of the word.

 

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James brainstorms different ideas about what message he would send to his community if he could make his own billboard to place in his neighborhood.

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Fayla’s claim reads, “If I could claim a billboard on my street that everyone had to read, I would want it to say, don’t change, stay the same.”

I also live on the west side, happily residing in Rose Park. I’ve been teaching art since 2011 in addition to creating my own artwork. I absolutely love community and public art and am extremely excited and honored to be a part of this amazing project!