Craft Lake City and Equality Utah invite the public to participate in a free virtual discussion inspired by Local Voices: Equality Utah, a new street-side installation now on view outdoors in downtown Salt Lake City. The virtual event will take place on Monday, September 21 from noon–1 p.m. Registration is requirebut participation is free of charge.

Through eleven visually dynamic designs, Local Voices: Equality Utah highlights victories achieved in Utah’s LGBTQIA+ community since 2019, including the passing of an inclusive hate crimes law and Utah’s recent banning of conversion therapy for minors. The social-distancing-friendly outdoor installation also celebrates artists, healthcare professionals, “rebels and radicals” in Utah and beyond, and identifies opportunities for our state to become more inclusive and resilient.

The Local Voices: Equality Utah virtual discussion will include a welcoming address by Mayor Erin Mendenhall, followed by a conversation about themes explored through the project with Equality Utah Executive Director Troy Williams and Craft Lake City Executive Director Angela H. Brown. Attendees will learn about current issues facing the LGBTQ+ community, discover ways they can take part in positive change, and join the conversation by asking questions at the conclusion of the event.

The Local Voices steel frames, also known as “plakats,” are arranged in steel frames between 200 West and 200 East along Broadway (300 South) in Salt Lake City. Members of the public are invited to view the outdoor installation and listen to the accompanying audio tour produced by 90.9 FM KRCL on their next solo-social distancing walk. Local Voices: Equality Utah will be on view in all 14 frames through October 3, and then a portion of the exhibition will remain on view in 6 frames from October 4-December 31. 

The Local Voices installation series highlights the inspiring work of Utah-based organizations in an effort to connect the community with ideas that matter. The plakat displays rotate throughout the year, and are available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, free of charge. Local Voices is supported in part by The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change and The Center for the Living City