The only traveling educational art exhibit of its kind in Utah, the UMOCA Art Truck brings exciting and accessible contemporary art, created by leading local and national artists, directly to schools and community venues across the state free of charge.

Each on-site visit by the Art Truck includes the expertise of a trained museum art 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.

The Art Truck is available free-of-charge for a wide variety of educational and charitable purposes. For more information contact Golda Dopp Ovalles at or call 801-328-4201 x122.

Art Truck 2020-21

Angie Smith: Stronger Shines the Light
Presented by: ZAP, POPS, Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, and Driftwood

UMOCA partnered with photographer and founder of Stronger Shines the Light Inside Angie Smith for this year’s Art Truck. Stronger Shines the Light Inside is an ongoing photography project that tells the personal stories of refugees in the United States. In 2015, Angie Smith began documenting refugees rebuilding their lives in Boise, Idaho. The project helps Americans understand the complexities, struggles, and personal triumphs that refugees experience within their new communities. Smith spent time in Salt Lake City documenting refugees in Utah for this collaboration. Included in this Educator’s Guide is an introduction to the project as well as three lesson plans that will help you reinforce important ideas in the physical and virtual classroom. Two of the lesson plans can be easily adapted for students in grades K-12, while the final lesson is most appropriate for students in grades 7-12. We hope this year’s Art Truck aids educators and students in cultivating empathy and cultural awareness through art.

Learn more about refugee resettlement in Utah here.


Past Art Truck Educator’s Guides

“The Art Truck is a great way to expose my students to different ideas, concepts, people and experiences.”
“Great content and diverse information to intrigue all ages and abilities.”
“Erin was lovely, knowledgeable and kind. Students were thrilled for the personal lesson, and loved the dynamic activity. Thank you very much for making this a priority in our community. Students benefit from your program, and I am a wholehearted supporter!”
“The Art Truck was an awesome experience for the students. My classes loved the hands-on learning outside the classroom.”
“My students came back excited and talking about it!”