RELEASE: Out Loud 2017

CONTACT: Elly Baldwin
 20 S West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
TUES - THUR & SAT 11 AM - 6 PM | FRI 11 AM - 9 PM | 
 April 21, 2017
UMOCA Presents Out Loud: Identities, Symbolism, and the Self
Salt Lake City, UT -  The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) is thrilled to present our 2017 queer youth program's exhibition, Out Loud: Identities, Symbolism, and the Self.
Over a period of ten weeks, eleven teens attended after-school workshops to explore identity and power through contemporary art.  
As a group that reflects racial, neurological, gender and sexual diversity, these young people engaged in creative projects that addressed the multiple intersections of their identities. The participants worked with three professional artists and four peer mentors, queering concepts and mediums such as the body, environments, and time. 
This cumulative exhibition showcases individual works as envisioned and constructed by each youth. By providing an artistic platform by which the greater community can access the young artists' commentaries, the exhibition amplifies voices that are systemically silenced by our society. These artists claim their selves and their futures as their own by disrupting a museum history that has marginalized and excluded their communities. 
About Out Loud
Out Loud is an artistic platform for youth voices in the LGBTQIA+ community. Through explorations in contemporary art and the creation of a museum exhibition featuring their own artwork, students build their capacity for self-expression and cultivate a sense of agency as important contributors to our society. The program promotes a safer space for interactions with peers, mentors, and the greater community, helping students build positive social connections and share their experience with other.
Out Loud is a free program. For more information, contact Elly Baldwin at [email protected] or call 801-328-4201 x124. You can view past exhibitions here. Applications for Out Loud 2018 will be available in the late fall of this year.   
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About the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) has advanced and elevated the community of contemporary arts and culture since it was established in 1931. UMOCA is a fearless voice for innovation, experimentation and dialogue surrounding the topics of our time. Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, UMOCA invites curiosity and promotes understanding of the challenging concepts that art and its reflective social commentary can present. UMOCA is a force for social transformation that unites all points of view, backgrounds, experience, and ages through pertinent art exhibitions and educational programming. UMOCA evokes change, challenges ideologies, celebrates triumph, and introduces an array of contemporary voices with in the Museum and throughout the community.
UMOCA is a five-time recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation and a 2015 and 2016 recipient of the Art Works Grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
UMOCA is a 501c3 institution that is supported by public foundation, and corporate gifts. Your donation in any amount is greatly appreciated, and admission is a $5 suggested donation.

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