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Lisa Bickmore, Cami Munk, Brooke Moffatt, Alexis Rausch

8/1 SOUTHWEST CONTEMPORARY: Alexis Rausch Unpacks America’s Desensitization to Violence

Violence and violent media are so common that desensitization to violence is just as normal. Some people are figuring out how to cope with this status quo—but when confronting stories of real-life violence such as police brutality, domestic violence, and terrorism, we often become stuck along the spectrum of fear, criticism, or even apathy.

As a survivor of domestic violence, multidisciplinary artist Alexis Rausch explores the complexities of healing from her own violent experiences while also acknowledging what it means to speak from the intersection of white privilege and victimhood as a survivor.

“A lot of the things that I do [are] intended to critique how white people interpret highly publicized events of violence and political events,” Rausch says. “The cultural desensitization of violence, specifically for white people, is not talked about enough. It is fascinating to me and terrifying at the same time.”




7/29 Deseret News: Trying to find that creative spark? Here’s what local artists have to say

Sisters Cami Munk and Brooke Moffat grew up in a creative household. Their father loved the arts, and their mom, a seamstress, frequently used her imagination to make all kinds of clothing, including costumes and wedding dresses.

That environment fostered creativity, and all these years later, both sisters are still actively using their imaginations. Advertised as “The Stitching Sisters,” Munk and Moffat teamed up in March to design and create home accessories like baskets and bags for all the world to see.

They will even have their own booth at the 15th annual Craft Lake City Do It Yourself (DIY) Festival at Utah State Fairpark, which is being held Aug. 11-13. It is billed as Utah’s largest local-centric art, music, science and technology festival.



7/27 SLTRIB: Letter: Truth is, arts coverage helps empower a community. The Tribune should step it up.

I am writing to ask Utah’s flagship daily to consider deepening your coverage of arts and culture in Salt Lake City and the state in general. Current coverage is anemic, at best, with almost no attention given to the visual arts and performing arts (specifically theater and dance.) All of these art forms have a deep and rich history that continues to contribute to Utah’s quality of life. I would further encourage you to employ qualified arts writers / reviewers to inform your readers (residents and visitors) of the depth and quality of the arts in Utah.



7/25 SLTRIB: Utah’s poet laureate gets $50,000 award, in part to support poems about the Great Salt Lake

A year into her tenure as the state’s poet laureate, Lisa Bickmore has been awarded a $50,000 fellowship from The Academy of American Poets.

Bickmore said she is excited to receive the award, one of 23 fellowship recipients announced Tuesday, especially because of the vision she thinks the academy has for them. “They were interested in projects that would benefit young people, or underserved people,” Bickmore said in a phone interview Tuesday.

The Academy of American Poets is a national, member-supported nonprofit organization based in New York City. According to the group’s website, its “mission is to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry.”




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