Local Voices: Utah Community Action

Craft Lake City and Utah Community Action are pleased to announce a new street-side installation, Local Voices: Utah Community Action, on view outdoors in downtown Salt Lake City in April 2021. The social distancing-friendly project is displayed in 6 steel frames along Broadway (300 S), between West Temple and 200 East.

Founded in 1965, Utah Community Action (UCA) is a nationally recognized provider of comprehensive services for income-eligible families. UCA created six designs for the plakat frames, each highlighting one of their six core programs—Head Start, Adult Education, Case Management & Housing, Nutrition, HEAT, and Weatherization—which address barriers to self-reliance to empower individuals, strengthen families and build communities through education programs.

In 2020, Utah Community Action served 60,887 individuals impacted by COVID-19 and other financial hardships. From April 26-30, under the theme re-IMAGINE, UCA will host a Virtual Giving Event to raise financial support and continue providing on-going services to the community.

Members of the public joined Craft Lake City and Utah Community Action for a free virtual Lunch & Learn event on Wednesday, April 21 at noon. Attendees had the opportunity to learn more about UCA, ask questions about their community-based programs, and share ideas inspired by the plakat installation. To view the recorded Lunch & Learn Event click HERE. 

The Local Voices steel frames, also known as “plakats,” are arranged in a fashion that allows for appropriate outdoor, social distancing. All members of the public are invited to view the project on their next solo-social distancing walk, and examine how they can take part in reimagining a community in which everyone has the essential services they need to focus on self-reliance. Local Voices: Utah Community Action is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, free of charge.

The Local Voices installation series highlights the inspiring work of Utah-based organizations in an effort to connect the community with ideas that matter. The plakat displays rotate throughout the year. 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 curated and organized by Craft Lake City, with support from The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change and The Center for the Living City.

For more information about Utah Community Action, please visit https://www.utahca.org/.