‘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.


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.



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.


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!