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Local and Hopeful: “Art for Hope” Public Art Project Adorns City Properties

SALT LAKE CITY – As part of its Art for Hope SLC public art project, the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City (RDA) announced today the addition of 43 outdoor, large-scale artworks from 33 local artists on three properties in the Downtown, North Temple, and Sugar House neighborhoods.

Inspired by the need to bolster community strength amidst current local, national, and global challenges, Art for Hope SLC was launched by the RDA this summer when it called on Utah artists to submit original, digital artwork depicting messages of hope, resilience, and unity.

“Infusing public art throughout the city is just one of the ways the RDA works to activate neighborhoods and foster community,” said Erin Mendenhall, Salt Lake City Mayor and RDA Executive Director. “We hope Salt Lake City residents will have the opportunity to experience and enjoy the Art for Hope SLC project – either online or in person – and that it will bring some joy to our city as we near the end of a truly challenging year.”

Local artists received $1,000 commissions for each work, which have been grouped into collections displayed at three vacant properties owned by the RDA currently being readied for redevelopment:

  • 1500 W North Temple (north side of street, fence wrap)
  • 255 S State Street (east side of street, fence wrap)
  • 2234 S Highland Drive (blue building, wall installation)

The collections are also available for viewing at www.slcrda.com/artforhope, and will be shared on social media using the hashtag #ArtForHopeSLC.

“At a time when traditional art galleries and events are closed, Art for Hope SLC is providing both an outdoor and virtual venue where local artists can showcase their work,” said Amy Fowler, Salt Lake City Council Member and RDA Board Chair. “This project has also infused local artists with $43,000 during a time when the arts and culture sector is experiencing great financial losses due to COVID-19.” 

Artists featured in the installations include: Alison Denyer, Anastasia Bolinder, Ash Lune, Aubri Tuero, August Martial, Bill Louis, Cara Jean Hall, Chris Peterson, Colleen Marshall, Corinne Humphrey, Elisabeth Bunker, Elizabeth Walsh, Gordon Schuit, Isabelle Ghabash, Jann Haworth, Jessica Wiarda, Jiyoun Lee-Lodge, Kelsey Anne Crnich, Kevin Bowen, Lenka Konopasek, Lindsay Frei, Maria Carla Genovesi, Maria Harman, Michaëlle Martial, Nathan Florence, Peter Apicella, Robyn Briggs, Sanila Math, Sawyer Stroud, Shu An Chen, Taryn Sommers, Trent Call, and Wilford Aljay Fuimaono.

The Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City works to revitalize the City’s neighborhoods and business districts to improve livability, spark economic growth, and foster authentic communities. For more information on RDA projects and programs, go to www.slcrda.com.

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