Local Voices: Protect The Wasatch For All: Intersection of Community & Environment

Craft Lake City Announces new streetside installation Local Voices: Protect the Wasatch For All: Intersection of Community & Environment

July 2, 2024, Salt Lake City, UT – Craft Lake City and the Healthy Environmental Alliance of Utah (HEAL Utah) proudly present a new street-side Local Voices installation, “Protect the Wasatch for All: Intersection of Community & Environment.” This collaborative effort with HEAL Utah, Bike Utah, Wasatch Community Gardens and Save Our Canyons aims to highlight community advocacy and environmental sustainability. Displayed for the public on 4 steel frames along Broadway (300 S), between 200 West and Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City, this installation will run through the end of August. 

In its mission to promote a healthy future for the community and environment of the Wasatch Front, “Local Voices: Protect the Wasatch For All: Intersection of Community & Environment” uses stunning images to portray the inspiring work of four organizations actively doing this work: HEAL Utah, Bike Utah, Wasatch Community Gardens and Save Our Canyons, highlighting how environmental stewardship intersects with the health, mobility and access to nature for Utahn communities. 

“At HEAL Utah, we recognize that addressing environmental challenges is a collective effort,” says Meisei Gonzalez, Communications Director for HEAL Utah. “By partnering with like-minded organizations, we can share expertise and resources to amplify our collective impact in emphasizing and enhancing accessibility and sustainability for all.” 

Founded in 1999, HEAL Utah drives policy change for a healthier environment with the support of volunteers. Over the last two and a half decades, HEAL Utah remains at the forefront of environmental advocacy in Utah, developing community-driven solutions and policies to address urgent challenges. HEAL Utah’s mission is to safeguard the people and environment of Utah. 

“Craft Lake City is delighted to partner with HEAL Utah, Bike Utah, Wasatch Community Gardens and Save Our Canyons for this new seasonal installation,” says Craft Lake City Artisan & Programs Manager Tiana Young, “to highlight the important work of these organizations in promoting environmental advocacy, sustainability and conservation while raising awareness and inspiring action to maintain our natural resources for future generations.”

Bike Utah is a nonprofit organization that works to promote safety and connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists. Founded in 2005 to address the growing need for improved cycling infrastructure, safety measures and advocacy, they envision a Utah where transportation networks and our vibrant cycling culture enhance livability and connectivity. Collaborating with government, organizations, businesses, and the public, Bike Utah educates thousands and advocates for active transportation plans, legislation for safer cycling, and the expansion of bike lanes, paths, and trails to improve quality of life statewide.  Thus, promoting health and inclusivity for all riders.

Since 1989, Wasatch Community Gardens has been empowering Salt Lake County residents by providing access to land and education for growing and consuming fresh, organic food. Through programs like Community Garden, Community Education, Youth & School Garden and Job Training, Wasatch Community Gardens promotes healthy living while fostering community. Their vision is a community where all individuals value and have equitable access to nutritious food, guided by core values of inclusion, collaboration, joy and stewardship of natural resources.

Save Our Canyons, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is committed to preserving the scenic beauty and wildness of the Wasatch Mountains. Since its founding in 1972, Save Our Canyons has been a leading advocate for protecting these natural environments, playing a vital role in preventing urbanization threats and advocating for wilderness. The organization engages with professionals, environmentalists, outdoor enthusiasts and local communities to protect the watershed, biodiversity and recreational opportunities of the Wasatch Range.

“Local Voices: Protect the Wasatch For All” in partnership with HEAL Utah is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, free of charge. To learn more about HEAL Utah, Bike Utah, Wasatch Community Gardens and Save Our Canyons’s missions 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: Protect the Wasatch For All” will be on display in 4 frames from July 1 to August 31, 2024. 

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 Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City. For more information, please visit us at: 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 HEAL Utah & the installation partners, please visit: linktr.ee/ProtectTheWasatchforAll

Watch our Lunch & Learn Virtual Discussion to learn more about the exhibition below:

Local Voices: Protect The Wasatch For All: Intersection of Community & Environment

Wed., July 10 at 12 p.m.

About Craft Lake City:

Founded in 2009 by Angela H. Brown, Executive Editor of SLUG (Salt Lake UnderGround) Magazine, Craft Lake City® is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the mission to educate, promote and inspire local artisans while elevating the creative culture of the Utah arts community through science, technology and art. Craft Lake City strives to further define the term “Craft,” by modernizing the definition for handmade creativity.

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Craft Lake City’s year-round programming is supported in part by the residents of Salt Lake County through the Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program, Utah Division of Arts & Museums the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the Salt Lake Arts Council, the Sorenson Legacy Foundation and SLUG Magazine.

About the Temporary Museum of Permanent Change:

The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change is a community based, participatory project that uses the major construction processes in downtownSalt Lake City as catalysts to animate the city. The Museum engages a variety of audiences using a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach that includes performance art and video production, visual art, urban archaeology, anthropology, local history, existing businesses and ongoing deconstruction and construction processes as spectacles for people of all ages. Together these elements provide teachable moments in our efforts to manage and celebrate change. This museum has no specific address. Rather it is a construction of ideas, installations and illuminations that comprise a new way of seeing our city.



About the Center for Living City: 

The Center for the Living City advocates for vibrant, adaptive, equitable communities created by and for everyone. We work to inspire civic engagement and leadership, invite creative urban solutions and expand our understanding of the ecology of cities. Our purpose is to advance social, environmental and economic justice as global urbanization accelerates.

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