Justice-Memory-Activism Workshop

Main Library

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Justice-Memory-Activism is a summer workshop for Salt Lake City area high school students interested in turning their experiences and passions into paintings, stories, or paintings with stories. Participating students will meet June 9–13, 10am–3pm in Room B.

The Justice-Memory-Activism workshop is open to thirty high school students currently attending schools in the Salt Lake City area. Participants will receive personalized instruction in both watercolor painting and writing. Students also will receive art supplies, courtesy of the SLC school district, and may receive language and/or fine arts credits.

Taught by local painter and writer Lily Yuriko Nakai Havey, the workshop will guide participants in the use of watercolor techniques, Haiku, Tanka, and journal writing to explore and express their social justice concerns. Havey will begin the workshop with an exhibit of her watercolors at the Library and a reading from her forthcoming memoir. At the end of the workshop, student artwork will be exhibited in the Library and selected student writing will be shared at a community reading.

Interested teens should contact Brooke Young, The City Library's Teen Services Manager, at byoung@slcpl.org.

Lily Havey was born in Los Angeles. In 1942, along with 120,000 persons of Japanese descent, she was incarcerated in a Japanese American internment camp. After World War II, her family moved to Salt Lake City. She graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music, pursued an MFA at the University of Utah, and taught high school for thirteen years before establishing a stained-glass business. Havey's memoir, Gasa Gasa Girl Goes to Camp: A Nisei Youth behind a World War II Fence, was released in May 2014 by the University of Utah Press. The book uses Havey’s vivid and poignant watercolors and writing to depict memories and dreams and reflect moments of daily camp life illuminated by the author’s adult perspective. Her paintings and writing draw readers into a turbulent era when America incarcerated thousands of American citizens because of their race and without due process. Lily's exhibit of watercolors, Social Justice: Personal Views Through Images and Words, will be on display in the Lower Urban Room from June 1–30.

This workshop for high school students and the corresponding exhibit are sponsored by the Center for Documentary Expression and Art, The City Library, the Salt Lake City School District, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, and the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) program.

Location: Main Library, Room B

Contact Information: 801-524-8200