Beloved Community Project

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. popularized the phrase “beloved community” to represent his vision for societies that embrace cooperation, unity, and connection. To honor and apply this bold idea, Salt Lake Community College’s School of Arts, Communication and Media created the Beloved Community Project in 2015 to facilitate explorations of Dr. King’s concepts and how they can be applied to our own communities. The Beloved Community Project creates dialogue across communities and participants through a number of dedicated pathways.

The Beloved Community Film Project, produced by SLCC and Brolly Arts, provides connection to Dr. King’s support of social equity and justice by exploring local voices that share both historic and contemporary viewpoints. These productions are screened for community audiences in concert with focused panels and audience discussions.

The Project’s educational programs connect Salt Lake Community College faculty with local students through in-class discussions and presentations. After participating in activities that explore Dr. King’s legacy and how students can apply his ideas to their own lives, participants highlight their own beloved connections with their communities by creating art that celebrates their individual voices and viewpoints. Artwork is displayed each year in a public exhibit at the SLCC Eccles Art Gallery.

For more information on the Beloved Community Project, please contact Josh Elstein at josh.elstein@slcc.edu or 801-957-3127