In his book, The Creative Community Builder’s Handbook: How to Transform Communities Using Local Assets, Arts and Culture, Tom Borrup identifies 5 ways that arts projects can improve communities. OurSLC Claim it! utilizes a project design that hopes to validate each of these :
- PROMOTE INTERACTION IN PUBLIC SPACE
Through community- based art making with youth groups and community members we are providing opportunities for increased interactions and invitations for shared conversation.
- INCREASE CIVIC PARTICIPATION THROUGH CELEBRATIONS
We have been honored to be a part of many already existing celebrations and will offer some of our own opportunities through our exhibits and documentation at the Unity Center and then again when the three public artworks are installed.
- ENGAGE YOUTH IN THE COMMUNITY
Our work was shaped from the start by a desire to work with youth from multiple age groups and settings and allow them to claim spaces and places from their own perspectives.
- PROMOTE THE POWER AND PRESERVATION OF PLACE
These artworks, and all of the work leading up to them call attention to the cultural richness of the Glendale and Poplar Grove neighborhoods.
- BROADEN PARTICIPATION IN THE CIVIC AGENDA
As community-based arts practitioners we hope to bring people together in conversation and cultural engagement with the West Salt Lake Master Plan and fulfill the specific goals expressed by the community.