Teenagers who don't conform to cultural expressions of sexual, romantic, and gender identities and orientations have unique experiences and ideas that are too often dismissed by our society. These workshops provide opportunities for teens to challenge mainstream ideas and assumptions of who they are, reject attempts that reduce them to simple caricatures, and addresses oppression as they experience it in their own lives.
"Out Loud offers a safe space for these teens to be themselves, express their ideas, thoughts and feelings, and learn from peers and other artists. This series validates their identities and shows them that they are not alone, that there are other teens, artists and institutions, like UMOCA, who believe in them."
About the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art has been an award-winning aesthetic force and community leader since it was established in 1931. UMOCA encourages exploration into what it means to exist in today's world through art that inspires imagination, stimulates thought, and transforms society, and connects people around the contemporary art practice of Utah and beyond to shape an engaged and thoughtful global citizenry. UMOCA strives to be a place where all points of view, experiences, and ages feel welcome to explore the pressing issues of our time through socially relevant art exhibitions and programming.
UMOCA is a five-time recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and is a 2015 and 2016 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts' Art Works grant award, as well as a 501c3 institution that is supported by public, foundation, and corporate gifts. Your contribution in any amount is greatly appreciated, and admission is a suggested $5 donation.