Jazz and AT&T Support Community Art Project to Help Beautify Downtown Salt Lake City

Local Non-Profit Art Access to Receive $10,000 Donation, Courtesy of AT&T’s “Assisting the Community” Program

SALT LAKE CITY (March 20, 2014) – The Utah Jazz and AT&T are teaming up on a mural that will be installed on the exterior of the Artspace Bridge Projects in downtown Salt Lake City. The community art project will be created by local residents and youth from The Road Home shelter, with an assist from Jazz forward and artist Jeremy Evans. The project highlights community building through the power of art and is part of the Jazz and AT&T’s shared commitment to youth development and community enrichment.

Evans, a fourth-year player and champion of the 2012 NBA Sprite Slam Dunk contest, and youth from The Road Home, along with the top 10 finalists of the Jazz and AT&T’s “Design My Shirt” contest, will work together on the mural at Art Access on Tuesday, March 25 from 4 - 6 p.m. The completed mural, measuring 12-by-5 feet and comprised of more than 200 ceramic tiles, will be installed later this spring.

“I’ve loved art for as long as I can remember. This project is a great way to encourage creativity among local youth while helping to beautify our city,” said Evans. “I’m looking forward to working with the group to create something that they can be proud of and that will be on display for the entire community to enjoy for years to come.”

Art Access, a non-profit organization that offers inclusive arts programming for Utahns with disabilities and those with limited access to art, will help to facilitate the project. The organization will also receive a $10,000 donation through AT&T’s “Assisting the Community” program, which features a $5 donation from AT&T for every assist made by the Utah Jazz during the 2013-14 season.

“AT&T is committed to the Salt Lake community and we’re proud to partner with Art Access and the Utah Jazz,” said Marty Clark, director of sales, AT&T Utah. “We hope this tile mural collaboration will enhance the neighborhood for years to come.”

“Art Access is very grateful to AT&T and the Utah Jazz for their generosity,” said Sheryl Gillilan, executive director of Art Access. “We believe that everyone has the right to tell their story through art. This opportunity to beautify our somewhat edgy neighborhood demonstrates that it does indeed take a village to make a creative difference.”

The finished mural will be unveiled during a special public ceremony at the Artspace Bridge Projects later this spring. Artspace Bridge Projects features 62 modern two and three-bedroom apartments for lower-income households, along with retail and office space for small businesses and non-profit organizations. Artspace is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1980 with a focus on revitalizing low-income areas by providing affordable live and work spaces.