Utah's March For Our Lives raises money, remembers victims and rallies for the cause at Gun Reform Gala

Through a silent auction and ticket sales, Utah's March for Our Lives exceeded its goal and raised more than $4,500. Art Access, a Salt Lake City nonprofit group that wants to build an inclusive arts community through “creative opportunities” for people who are disabled or otherwise marginalized in society, will get 10% of the proceeds. The rest will go toward funding the March For Our Lives Utah chapter, covering trainings, transportation and clerical costs, like maintaining its P.O. Box and website.

March For Our Lives decided to partner with Art Access after booking an inaccessible space for their event. They issued this statement in response:

"We recognize that nothing can truly make up for the lack of accessibility we have allowed at our event. However, we are planning to take a couple steps to make amends, and we are grateful that local organization Art Access has agreed to work with us and help us educate each other and our community moving forward.

March For Our Lives Utah will be donating 10% of all proceeds from the night of the gala Art Access, a one of a kind nonprofit gallery and arts organization. Their mission is to "build an inclusive and diverse arts community in Utah through creative opportunities for people with disabilities and other marginalized communities, and through public engagement in the arts."

Beyond that, they work to make our broader community more accessible through their "Breaking Barriers" program, where they provide education and outreach to help organizations take action to understand and improve access for disabled people.

We are planning not just to donate, but also to schedule a training with Art Access on understanding and improving accessibility. This training will be hosted by March For Our Lives Utah and Art Access, and will be open to the public. "

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300 Plates Event: May 17, 2018

Location: Grand Hall at the Gateway, 400 W South Temple

Registration is required for this event and closes on May 16, 2018 at midnight. If you are attending, please consider using rideshare services for this event. There is parking available in the North Garage and some validations will be provided. 

 

Artist's Reception & Gallery Stroll

Friday, May 18, 6 - 9 pm

Music in the Gallery

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Exhibit Dates:   May 18 - June 8, 2018

All Plates are on sale from June 4, 2018 - June 8, 2018. Available for purchase in the gallery and online HERE.

Discounts by day: 

Monday, June 4 - 10% off

Tuesday, June 5 - 20% off

Wednesday, June 6 - 30% off

Thursday, June 7 & Friday, June 8 - 40% off

All plates available for pick up June 14 & 15 from 9 AM to 5 PM. 

ART ACCESS GALLERY: 300 Plates 2018

300 Plates is the annual Art Access fundraiser and exhibition. This signature event, first hosted in May 2003, presents unique artwork that is both affordable and highly collectible, created by approximately 160 established and emerging artists from the local community. Using 11 x 10-inch plates (tempered panel or plexiglass), each artist prepares small works in their recognizable style. Finished plates include everything from landscape to assemblage to pop art to photography and more. During the fundraiser and month-long exhibition the plates are hung in the Art Access Gallery, creating a kaleidoscope of one-of-a-kind artwork.

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 ACCESS II GALLERY: 50 Squared: Teen art exhibit

 50 Squared is a group show created by young emerging artists from local High Schools.  Like 300 plates, each young artist is given a square of the same material.  The artists then create unique works that share varied points of view.  Join us as we celebrate the next generation of artists in our community! 

 

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Our adult residency programs and workshops for adults with disabilities provide individuals with opportunities to express themselves and discover their artistic identity. We are so proud to be part of an arts community that has made is a priority to provide programs specifically for disabled adults. 

Shandra Benito, Art Access Executive Director, had the chance to be interviewed for the below article. Here are some excerpts: 

"And while art programs can help anyone who takes them, their impact can be even more profound for those with disabilities, said Benito.

“This might be because they haven't been given access to art before and because of the stress, hardship and barriers that come with living as an adult with a disability in a world that was not necessarily built for you and does not always accommodate your needs,"

 

Check out the full article about Art Access' & other community organizations programs in the Desert News:

Desert News: Ability Through the Arts

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Ability Through the Arts: Disabled adults find creative expression in local programs

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