Local Voices: Equality Utah’s Gorgeous Planet

Craft Lake City Announces
New Installation, Local Voices: Equality Utah’s Gorgeous Planet

May 7, 2023, Salt Lake City, UT – Craft Lake City and Equality Utah are excited to present a dynamic new street-side installation, Local Voices: Equality Utah’s Gorgeous Planet. This installation, emphasizing courage & curiosity over fear, is displayed to the public via 14 steel frames along Broadway (300 S), between 200 West and Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City through the end of June.

In its mission to showcase the strength of our community, Local Voices: Equality Utah’s Gorgeous Planet utilizes beautiful photographs from Equality Utah’s various events held year-round to call for equality and inclusivity. These events include their tremendous work with legislation endeavors; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training; and the annual Allies Gala.

“Queer Utahns are a gift to the planet. We are here to create beauty, art, laughter and joy. We are also voices that challenge the status quo, call for justice and seek equality for those who have historically been excluded,” says Troy Williams, executive director for Equality Utah. “Despite the many ideological divides in society, we are all forged from the same stardust. We are more connected to each other than we realize. Within the ferment of polarization there is one identity that still binds us together: our shared humanity. We are of cosmic origin. We are gorgeous, darling. We’re here on this planet to shine.”

Founded in 2001, Equality Utah is Utah’s premiere LGBTQ advocacy organization, leading efforts for LGBTQ civil rights at the state and local levels. They work tirelessly sponsoring LGBTQ legislation, lobbying elected officials, building coalitions and empowering individuals & organizations alike to engage in the legislative process. As part of their programs, Equality Utah educates Utahns about issues in the LGBTQ community and trains LGBTQ Utahns & allies to respond and work proactively for LGBTQ equality. The Equality Utah Foundation provides citizen lobby trainings on diversity and inclusion to Utah businesses through their Business Equality Leader program. The Foundation continues their training with a quarterly queer lecture series called QTalks.

“Craft Lake City is honored to partner with Equality Utah for this new seasonal installation,” says Craft Lake City Executive Director, Angela H. Brown, “as we spread awareness of their mission to secure equal rights and protections for LGBTQ Utahns and their families.”

Local Voices: Equality Utah’s Gorgeous Planet is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, free of charge. To learn more about Equality Utah’s mission and programs, visitors will have the opportunity to scan a QR code while viewing the artwork series on the streets of downtown Salt Lake City. Local Voices: Equality Utah’s Gorgeous Planet will be on display in all 14 frames from May 1 to June 30, 2023.

With support from The Center for the Living City and The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change, Craft Lake City’s Local Voices installation series spotlights the inspiring work of Utah-based organizations in an effort to connect the community with ideas that matter. Craft Lake City curates this seasonal, rotating outdoor art exhibition for the Salt Lake community. The exhibits feature visually inspiring and interactive artwork meant to engage visitors and patrons. All Local Voices installations are displayed in fourteen metal frames along the sidewalks on the north and south sides of Broadway (300 South) between 200 West and 200 East in downtown Salt Lake City. For more information, please visitus at: https://craftlakecity.com/local-voices.

Local Voices highlights the inspiring work of Utah-based organizations in an effort to connect the community with ideas that matter. Local Voices is an installation series supported by Craft Lake City, The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change and The Center for the Living City. For more information about the series, click here.

For more information about Equality Utah, please visit: https://www.equalityutah.org/.

Watch the Recording of our Lunch & Learn Virtual Discussion About the Exhibition: