A group of people smile for the camera at an outdoor festival.

Breaking Barriers Honored with Mayor’s Artist Award

We’re delighted to announce that our Breaking Barriers project was honored by Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall with a 2022 Mayor’s Artists Award. The award was presented in conjunction with the Utah Arts Festival on Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. on the Festival Stage at Library and Washington Square.

This award was created in 1992 to honor artists and arts organizations who have deeply enriched the cultural landscape of the city and the lives of its citizens.

Our “Breaking Barriers: A Cultural Accessibility Project” is a partnership between our agency and Art Access to provide disability accessibility training and mentorship to our state’s cultural institutions. This free training is for staff of arts, museum, and community organizations to enhance their knowledge on subjects such as: disability definitions and models, intersectionality and microaggressions, making appropriate accommodations, and much more. Participants develop accessibility plans that address deficiencies in their organizations to become more accessible to the disability community. Since its inception, the program has trained 58 organizations and more than 200 individuals. 

We are so proud of our staff lead on this project, Jason Bowcutt, and the staff of Art Access!

From left in photo: Vicki Bourns, Gabriella Huggins, Jason Bowcutt, and Stan Clawson