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Plastique Press Release

THE BEAUTYAND THE DESTRUCTIVE NATURE OF PLASTIC BRINGS A COMMUNITY TOGETHER Plastique, a multi-disciplinary project with community outreach components that utilizes art to engage our community and increase awareness around this vital environmental issue of plastic, its use, misuse and lasting impact.

Brolly Arts’project Plastique brings to light the wonderful horrible nature of plastic. It is resilient and it lasts. That’s the beauty and the destructive nature of plastic particularly single use plastic such as plastic bags. Plastique is a multi-disciplinary show full of visual art, dance, poetry, film, and research.

Artists, community members, and community organizations will work to fully realize the performance and visual aspects of Plastique.The installation art will be made out of plastic during outreach projects and by individual efforts. Many are amazed to learn that this colorful stuff is the thermoplastic junk of our throw away culture.Plastique engages artists and audiences alike to examine, like archaeologists, how each piece of plastic opens a window to the whole of human culture, piece by piece. With our interactive event, we increase awareness of an important environmental issue and engage our community which is the first step in social change.AlthoughPlastique addresses a real environmental problem, art is the central theme.

Plastique by design will be a replicable model. Once this project premieres, it can be repeated in other areas so that many communities can benefit from a project such as this. By involving a number of artists and organizations in the creation of Plastique we are able to reach a larger audience, have a greater impact and increase the potential of our cultural and civic communities. To date, participating organizations include BrollyArts, Bad Dog Arts, Utah Arts Alliance and Rowland Hall. Brolly Arts has extensive experience and positive outcomes for work such as this. Our 2009 and 2010 H2O projects were awarded a 2010 NEAAccess toArtistic Excellence award for our work in art, environmental issues and community outreach and engagement.

Participating Artists:

Joel Long – Poet
Colby Bryson – Filmmaker
Amy MacDonald – Director, Brolly Arts
Victoria Lyons – Co-Director, Bad Dog Arts
Michael Moonbird – Co-Director, Bad Dog Arts
Bad DogArts Students

Cat Palmer – Photographer
Kandyce Galanis – 3D Installation
Ashley Burnett: – Graphic Design
Margaret Willis – Visual Art
CarolAnn Sogard – Visual Art
NathanAdair – Costume Design
A Call For Artists Selection

BrollyArts is dedicated to creating meaningful art and vibrant communities through artistic and civic collaboration and experimentation.As a non-profit umbrella arts organization, Brolly is committed to increasing the opportunities and impacts of artists and arts organizations in Salt Lake City and Utah.

“BrollyArts has, from its inception, been an agent of change and community development through the arts for Salt Lake City. Every project undertaken has moved the arts community to work together and has creatively addressed a number of issues, both local and global.”

Nancy Boskoff, former Executive Director of the Salt Lake CityArts Council

Plastique

UrbanArts Gallery

Friday, April 18, 2014, From 6 – 9 pm in conjunction with Gallery Stroll

Plastique exhibit runs from April 7 – May 3

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