Sorting Out Race

Sorting Out Race Exhibit Overview

The Leonardo is partnering with the Utah Black Chamber to engage our community in ongoing dialogue and programs to promote social justice and economic equity in Utah. Our first collaboration will be co-hosting an exhibit on the topic of race in downtown Salt Lake City.

Sorting Out Race is open to the public during The Leonardo’s currently open hours – Wednesday – Sunday 12pm-5pm.

Every day thrift stores across America receive donations of objects that display racial imagery— antique advertising cards, collectible salt-and-pepper shakers, vintage children’s books, and mugs with sports team mascots. Are these objects harmless reminders of historical attitudes or do they continue to perpetuate negative stereotypes about race? Should thrift stores sell these objects? Or should they be “sorted out” of the resale environment and discarded?

Sorting Out Race arose out of a desire to divert artifacts with racial content from thrift stores to an exhibit that would generate a healthy community conversation about racial stereotypes past and present in order to heighten awareness of our continuing struggles with race.

Sorting Out Race was developed and is toured by Kauffman Museum at Bethel College in North Newton, KS.

Exhibit programs

6pm – 7pm, doors open at 5pm.
The Auditorium at The Leonardo – 209 East 500 South – Salt Lake City

March 2 – A Culture, Not a Costume – Register Here

March 16 – Stereotypes and Pop Culture – Register Here

March 30 – White Privilege Explained – Register Here

April 13 – Systemic Racism: Healthcare, Housing, Education, the Corporate World – Register Here

Tickets are limited to allow for distancing and all attendees are required to wear masks.
All panels will be moderated by the Utah Black Chamber and are free to the public

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