What is ACME Scholars? ACME Scholars is a partnership between the University of Utah Honors College and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts created to engage students in rethinking the public role of the museum through art, community engagement, and education. This pilot program offers students a unique opportunity to contribute their voice and ideas to the UMFA’s investigations and community outreach efforts.
Who we are? A diverse group of Honors students from all majors who are interested in art, community engagement, museum studies, and education. We help develop new ways that museums can better serve community by being more inclusive, accessible, and relevant to diverse audiences. We are not about “doing for” the community, but rather learning with, learning from, and collaborating with community.
What we do? We research, imagine, and implement new models of education and community engagement through art by emphasizing collaboration, experimentation, and cross-disciplinary dialogue. We explore innovative ways of teaching and learning about art while working across disciplines to enhance museum visitors’ experiences. We develop ideas for talks, roundtables, workshops, and exhibitions meant to bring together our community to share expertise, ask questions, and learn through an open exchange of diverse voices and ideas. We investigate ways that art and activism can effect social change in our community.
Requirements: Students must attend monthly seminars and engage in creative, hands-on ways to apply their growing knowledge of art, community building, museum studies, and education for the benefit of both our campus and state’s diverse community.
2016-2017 Meeting Information: TBD
Faculty: Jorge Rojas, UMFA Director of Education and Engagement
Jorge Rojas is the ACME Initiative coordinator and supervises all aspects of the program. At the UMFA, he oversees education, community outreach, and adult programming. Respected as a dynamic and innovative artist and community leader, Rojas joined the UMFA in January 2015, having previously served as site director for the Venture Humanities Course at Westminster College, where he promoted continuing education among immigrant, refugee, and under-represented populations. Additionally, he teaches art history to low-income minority high school students through the Clemente Humanities Course, and was Teaching Artist-in-Residence at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. firstname.lastname@example.org