Salt Lake City– On Thursday, July 19, the Inclusion Center for Community and Justice (ICCJ) and its 2018 student art education and engagement sponsor, Goldman Sachs, came together to celebrate the artwork of 30 Salt Lake City students, which is now on display along downtown Main Street through the end of July. Guest speaker Mayor Jackie Biskupski attended the event and spoke on the importance of art in the community and building an inclusive environment within the city. David Lang, the head of Goldman Sachs’s Salt Lake City office spoke on the value of diverse thinking and fostering a community of inclusivity. Over 80 guests attended the event at 111 South Main Street to view 42 banners along the 100 and 200 South Main Street blocks.
Lang said “When we centralized our campus in downtown Salt Lake City, we saw an opportunity to give back to the community in a creative way. The Student Art Project offers a free arts and education program related to topical issues within our community. This year we explored diversity and inclusion, a topic that is important to both the city and the firm. It is exciting to walk outside of our offices and see the artwork of such talented students and know that Goldman Sachs is contributing to building a community that values arts, education and diversity.”
In partnership with Goldman Sachs, the Inclusion Center for Community and Justice (ICCJ) created a custom curriculum for students around the topic of diversity and inclusion. This year’s exhibit titled “Our World(s)”, focused on fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for differences in our shared community.
Creative Director Tanjerine Vei led this year’s student participants in four free workshop sessions. The first two sessions were targeted towards young student ambassadors (ages 16-22) who participate in Camp Anytown, a summer camp hosted by the ICCJ. The student ambassadors learned about expression through art and mentoring younger students.
“At Anytown, we learn how to navigate our differences through productive and respectful discussion as we work to create communities that are welcoming and equitable for all” said Yulia Goff, ICCJ Executive Director, “During ‘Our World(s)’ project, we saw young people from very different backgrounds come together to learn from each other and create art that reflected that experience.”
The second phase of the program paired the student ambassadors with 23 public school children at the Central City Community Center. Students represented schools across Salt Lake County including American Preparatory Academy, Bennion, Bonneville, Granger, Highland Park, Horizon, Jackson, Kearns St. Ann School, Midvale, Nibley Park, Oakdale, Salt Lake Center for Science Education, Wasatch and Whittier elementary schools. Student ambassadors engaged in conversations that celebrated diversity, dismantled stereotypes, and worked to cultivate young leaders. Students created a mural of Salt Lake City and individual puzzle pieces that represent who they are and how they enrich the fabric of our community.
To learn more about ICCJ, “Our World(s)” Student Art Project, Camp Anytown, and other human relations work conducted by ICCJ, visit their website at inclusioncenter.org.