The only traveling educational art exhibit of its kind in Utah, the UMOCA Art Truck takes exciting and accessible contemporary art, created by leading local and national artists, directly to schools and community venues across the state.
Each on-site visit by the Art Truck includes the expertise of a trained museum educator who leads students through a meaningful exploration of the current exhibition. Teachers are provided with structured lesson plans to supplement their tour and incorporate the Art Truck more deeply into their curriculum.
Art Truck 2016-17: Jaime Salvador Castillo and Michael Anthony García
Jaime Salvador Castillo and Michael Anthony García’s whereABOUTS is an immersive and interactive installation that investigates location, identity and community. In addition to a collaborative collage displayed on the outside of the truck, artist-altered maps fill the interior, reflecting different areas throughout Utah to which the Art Truck will travel this year. Students learn about mapping as a way to understand and express relationships between identity and place. Then, they explore their own communities through creative map-making of their neighborhoods.
The whereABOUTS installation aims to connect students from different communities around the state by providing opportunities for visitors to learn about experiences other than their own. Student-generated art maps will remain in the Art Truck as part of the installation from school to school. At the end of the year, the artists will bring together the collected maps for a special community whereABOUTS exhibition at UMOCA in Fall 2017.
UMOCA invites all community members to contribute digital artwork to the whereABOUTS project all year long. Share photographs of your community as you move about your world on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and tag #whereabouts #arttruck #utahmoca. These images will be digitally displayed throughout the year at storify.com/utahmoca/whereabouts, as well as included in the culminating whereABOUTS exhibition at UMOCA.
Upcoming Public Appearances
Weber State University’s Arts in the Parks
Arts in the Parks is a free program that offers opportunities for children to explore visual and performing arts through hands-on activities. The program travels to six different Ogden city parks for one week at a time during the summer months.
JUN 9, 2017 | 12 – 1 PM
Arts in the Parks @ Lorin Farr Park
769 Canyon Road, Ogden
JUN 16, 2017 | 12 – 1 PM
Arts in the Parks @ 4th Street Park
275 4th Street, Ogden
JUN 23, 2017 | 12 – 1 PM
Arts in the Parks @ West Ogden Park
751 W 24th Street, Ogden
JUN 30, 2017 | 12 – 1 PM
Arts in the Parks @ Monroe Park
850 30th Street, Ogden
JUL 7, 2017 | 12 – 1 PM
Arts in the Parks @ Mt. Ogden Park
3144 Taylor Avenue, Ogden
JUL 14, 2017 | 12 – 1 PM
Arts in the Parks @ Lester Park
663 24th Street, Ogden
Neighborhood House Summer Celebration
JUN 15, 2017 | 4:30 – 6:30 PM | 1050 W 500 S, SLC
Join the Neighborhood House for games and activities, like the Art Truck, at their Children’s Day Center to kick off the summer. Get to know other organizations around the community. All activities and a hot dog dinner are free, but other treats may be available for a small fee. This is a free event.
Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum
JUL 8, 2017 | 2 – 4 PM | 444 W 100 S, SLC
The Discovery Gateway offers interactive, hands-on fun through engaging workshops, programs, and exhibits. Visit whereABOUTS in the Art Truck, and then create, learn, and play at the children’s museum.
Art Truck Extravaganza
JUL 12, 2017 | 11 AM – 3 PM | Main Library at Library Square
Explore the concept of community through art, music, and map-making on Library Square. See whereABOUTS in the Art Truck, and join the SLCC Community Writing Center, Framework Arts, and the Library for creative activities that include map-making and a photo scavenger hunt. Music performance by Doc Young from 2-3 PM.
Community Mapping at the Library
JUL 15, 2017 | 1 – 4 PM | Day-Riverside Library
Visit whereABOUTS in the Art Truck at this community mapping event. Framework Arts will be on hand to help participants map visions of our current and future creative communities on jumbo paper maps. We’ll utilize chalk, charcoal, and our collective imagination.
Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month Kick-Off Event
JUL 29, 2017 | 5 – 10 PM | 855 W California Ave, SLC
Kick off the 5th Annual Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month with nine Pacific Island cultural activity booths, a children’s corner, and nonstop entertainment, including the Art Truck.
Groove in the Grove
AUG 1, 2017 | 6 – 9 PM | 1040 W 700 S, SLC
Join the Poplar Grove Community Council at their 6th annual community event celebrating the diversity of Poplar Grove while striving to inform and connect its residents with information, resources, and programs. There will be free food, live entertainment, and an assortment of activities for all ages.
Magna Main Street Arts Festival
AUG 19, 2017 | 10 AM – 8 PM | Historic Main Street, Magna
This free arts festival includes food, music, vendors, and children’s activities, including the Art Truck.
Booking The Art Truck is available free-of-charge for a wide variety of educational and charitable purposes.
For more information or to request a visit by the Art Truck, contact Madeline Savarese at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 801-328-4201 x 110.
Past Art Truck Teacher Guides
The UMOCA Art Truck is free of charge thanks to the generous support of Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks; The Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation; Salt Lake City Arts Council, and The State of Utah.