Our Team: WHO WE CLAIM TO BE

Chris – The Painter (aka Civic Arts Studio Project chrisbwManager) is a native Utahn who grew up in the foothills of Mount Timpanogos.  He started painting landscapes in his twenties, with frequent excursions to the UTah backcountry to fuel inspiration. He continues to paint today, although a career in the nonprofit and education sectors provided Chris with opportunities to expand his practice into  community art, art education, and mural projects. He holds a BFA in Painting from Brigham Young University and from the University of Utah, he’s earned an MPA and an MS in Environmental Humanities.  Some of his project include the Sugarspace Mural Project, Hawkwatch Mural Project, Sorenson ArtPark, and multiple projects at the Tracy Aviary. Chris  is currently working as the Director of the Sorenson Unity Center in Salt Lake City’s Department of Community and Economic Development.

photo meMegan – The Educator (aka Civic Arts Curator) was raised in San Diego and spent her first 17 years there. She went to college in St. Mary’s City, Maryland and graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts. She later obtained a masters degree in education from the University of Utah. She has been working as an art teacher for the last 15 years, in a variety of settings. These have included a botanical garden, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and now, the Salt Lake City School District. She is interested in helping people of all ages and abilities find confidence in creating art and sharing their stories in all possible forms. She has curated and co-produced a number of art exhibits involving youth including Community: Eat, Work, Play, Thrive at Art Access and participated in Drive By Art, located in downtown Salt Lake City. She is currently the director of the non-profit Framework Arts,which is a project-based, curriculum-building organization that engages youth and educators throughout the community in creating and representing personal narratives.

moanablog7Moana – The Storyteller (aka Teaching Artist/Community Arts Coordinator) was born on the Westside of Salt Lake City to ‘Alama and Losaline ‘Ulu’ave, both of Niuafo’ou, Tongatapu. She is an Oprah Winfrey High School Essay Contest winner and a Gates Millennium Scholar. In April of 2012, she graduated with University Honors from BYU in English and a minor in Sociology. Her honors thesis was entitled, Tauhi Va: Nourishing the Space Between–A Collection of Essays which dealt with her love of growing up in Glendale and her identities as a Mormon, Tongan, and American. In May 2014, she graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Arts in Education program. Today, you can find Moana at the Sorenson Unity Center serving her own community through arts and activism. In her spare time, she likes to laugh with her family, watch sitcoms, and write brief, but fierce essays.

Local Community Members – YOU! (aka The Artists) This is your chance to participate in creative community art making and imagine a more vibrant community.. We’ll be sharing more details in the coming weeks, so please, subscribe or contact us