An outdoor multidisciplinary art series in SLC takes on the pain and possibility of this historical moment.
Pain and Possibility: A Community Art Series
From August 22 to September 6, 2020, a group of local artists will create a
series of public art projects across Salt Lake City. Through mural painting, sculpture, dance, video and other media, this diverse group of artists that include BIPOC, LGBTQ and Allies, will help our community engage with today’s reality while re-imagining tomorrow.
We are living in an historic moment and we do not yet know where it will lead us. Like all moments, it is complex. Fear, pain, and isolation exist side-by-side with hope, healing, and solidarity. Deep-rooted injustices have been ripped into the light of day by a global pandemic that is disproportionately ravaging communities of color, Indigenous communities, and communities of immigrant and refugee background like those on Salt Lake’s west side. At the same time, a massive uprising is forcing society to reckon with its 400-year history of murdering Black people in the name of law and justice. Calls to defund the police and abolish prisons are gaining new ground, along with intersectional struggles like the fight for Black Trans lives.
Artists and cultural workers have important roles to play this moment of pain and possibility.
Sugar Space Foundation, Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts, and a collective of community partners are joining together to provide a platform for artists to engage with this painful present in all its complexity and contribute to collective healing and action. The following artists
projects were selected through a competitive application process.
We take very seriously the challenges of engaging in the arts during COVID-19.
All projects ensure physical distancing and other health precautions. All projects are structured with plans in order to keep our community safe. For in-person outdoor events, gathering size will be limited, masks required, physical distancing enforced for artists and audience, and other safety
precautions will be in place.
Projects Below are the six selected projects. Some dates and times are still being secured and will be updated here as they are confirmed.
“WORKED” by Andrew Alba is a multi-site sculpture display commenting on the idea of nonessential vs. essential workers in the COVID-19 era. One installation will be at UMOCA on August 28th from 2-6pm. Other dates and locations will be announced here as they are confirmed.
“Capoeiristas for Black Lives Matter,” supervised by Mestre Jamaika of the Salt Lake School of Capoeira, is a concept dance video about racial oppression and capoeira as a tool of resistance. Film screenings will take place at Sugar Space, 132 South 800 West SLC, on August 28th and
30th at 8pm with multiple showings each night.
“Tomorrow’s Monument” by Kathy Tran and Alejandro Moya is a participatory piece in which people are invited to commit to and reflect on our roles in antiracism. Monument will be displayed September 3rd and 6th from 8-10pm at Sugar Space, 132 South 800 West SLC. For
updated information, check back here.
“A Shedding,” presented by Dominica Greene and Courtney Mazeika, is an outdoor evening of live performances created by and for Black, LGBTQIA+, Artists of Color, and allies in the Salt Lake community to mourn, address, discuss, and celebrate our experiences. Shows are on August 22nd and 23rd at 7pm, donations requested at sliding scale, RSVP required at
https://www.ashedding.com/. Location announced after making your reservation.
“A World of Hope” by the Roots Art Kollective is a public mural to celebrate humanity in a time where compassion is essential for society to accept a new and equitable world. The mural will be located at Sugar Space on the west side of the property at 123 South Jeremy Street SLC, and
unveiled on August 22nd
Uprising” by Dulce Horn, Ashlee Jackson, and Mikel Lawlor is a series of short dance performances exploring the emotional and experiential arc of a social movement. The works will be presented on August 29 at Sugar Space, 132 South 800 West SLC, and August 30 at First Unitarian Church, 569 South 1300 East SLC, in SLC. The show will be performed 3 times each day
starting at 8:15pm. For reservations and more information, please check back here.
Pain and Possibility: A Community Art Series is supported by
Zoo Arts & Parks and the Salt Lake City Arts Council.
For questions, contact:
Sugar Space Foundation c/o Sugar Space
132 South 800 West SLC, UT 84104