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Partner Spotlight: Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Photo courtesy of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

Photo courtesy of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

In partnership with the Utah Museum of Fine Arts ACME Sessions, the Rape Recovery Center’s Prevention Coordinator, Jorge Barraza, will host, “Playing our Roles: How we can all contribute to creating a community free of sexual violence.” This workshop will discuss the dynamics of sexual violence, what sexual violence prevention means, and how each of us can contribute to creating a safe and empowering community for all of us. Sexual violence is often perceived as an incident that occurs between two or more individuals at a specific time and location. In reality, sexual violence occurs within the context of our community, our culture, our attitudes, and our beliefs. How do each of us play a part in maintaining or dismantling the factors that allow sexual violence to continue?

The UMFA is honored to be partnering with the Rape Recovery Center to provide a space for our community to learn about ways that we can all contribute towards creating a safe and empowering society free of sexual violence.
— Jorge Rojas, Director of Learning and Engagement
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The Utah Museum of Fine Arts launched the Art. Community. Museum. Education. or ACME Initiative in 2016, under the leadership of Education and Engagement Director, Jorge Rojas. This month, we are honored to feature UMFA’s ACME program in our Partner Spotlight. The ACME Initiative is transforming how the UMFA connects with, engages and learns from the community, through co-created programs, projects and exhibitions.

Check out this video to learn more about UMFA’s ACME Initiative:

Video courtesy of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts

The UMFA’s ACME Initiative is a dynamic three-part outreach project dedicated to rethinking the public role of museums through community engagement. The ACME Initiative’s three components are:

The ACME Lab—a multidisciplinary, interactive exhibition space in the Museum’s Emma Eccles Jones Education Center where community collaborators and socially engaged artists explore new and innovative models of exhibition making and audience engagement. The ACME Lab and its exhibitions are made possible, in part, by a generous gift from The JoAnne L. Shrontz Family Foundation.

ACME Scholars—a mentorship program that engages undergraduates in the University of Utah’s Honors College in art- and social justice-related activities on campus and in the community.

ACME Sessions—bimonthly public meet-ups held at Salt Lake City Public Library branches where participants imagine and articulate new models of education and community engagement through hands-on activities and dialogue. ACME Sessions are presented in partnership with the Salt Lake City Public Library and have received funding from Utah Humanities. An ACME Session in partnership with the Rape Recovery Center, “Playing our Roles: How we can all contribute to creating a community free of sexual violence” will be held on September 26, 2019 at the Glendale Library.

Photo courtesy of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

Photo courtesy of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.