SALT LAKE CITY ARTS COUNCIL PRESENTS MURALS BY THE ROOTS ART KOLLECTIVE AND MATT MONSOON AT SALT LAKE CITY HOMELESS RESOURCE CENTERS
The Salt Lake City Arts Council is pleased to present three new murals at Salt Lake City area homeless resource centers. The murals were created by the Roots Art Kollective at the Gail Miller Resource Center (The Road Home) and the Geraldine E. King Women’s Resource Center, and a mural by Matt Monsoon at the VOA Homeless Youth Resource Center.
“Art in public places continues to be a priority in Salt Lake City, including places that individuals experiencing homelessness call home. During the pandemic these residents were disproportionately impacted, and our goal is to contribute to a sense of place and pride within the places that many call home. “Public art can provide comfort, stimulate social interaction, inspire people, and can enhance the places where we share our identities, values, and hopes as diverse and vibrant communities,” says Salt Lake City Arts Council Director, Felicia Baca.
The Roots Art Kollective and Matt Monsoon were selected from the Salt Lake City Arts Council Public Artist Pool to create these murals. The Arts Council worked with the Salt Lake City Homeless Engagement and Response Team to coordinate and select sites. Artist selections were made by representatives of the homeless resource centers. To create imagery that was meaningful to the residents and staff of these resource centers, the artists went through a process of surveys and feedback with residents at each location. “The team has done excellent work incorporating the ideas from staff and residents, and it’s greatly appreciated,” writes Lindsey Hector, Operations Coordinator for Shelter the Homeless.