Speaking on Business: Art Access

The goal for Art Access is to build an inclusive and diverse arts community in Utah.

Chris Redgrave Dec 14, 2018

This is Chris Redgrave for Zions Bank Speaking on Business.

While the arts have always been a critical focus for Utah, studies are confirming the healing power art can have, including the benefit for people with dementia and those with depression, anxiety or illness. It’s also been linked to improved memory, reasoning and resilience in healthy older people, according to Harvard Health. As the executive director of Art Access, Shandra Benito has personally seen the powerful benefits of art.

The goal for Art Access is to build an inclusive and diverse arts community in Utah through providing opportunities for people with challenges, disabilities, veterans or trauma victims to create and display original artwork. This non-profit organization includes several mission-driven programs, like literary arts activities, a mentorship program, community outreach, artist residencies, gallery exhibitions and workshops. Shandra shares how welcoming the community has been for Art Access and the hundreds of individuals they’re serving every year.

Art Access is teaching and creating art in a new way, and the artists the program discovers are incredible. One artist whose work is showing in the Art Access Gallery starting in January had medical issues several years ago inhibiting the use of his right hand and has created incredible artwork that you can check out at 230 South 500 West in Salt Lake City.

Check them out online at

For Zions Bank, I’m Chris Redgrave, speaking on business.

Art Access
230 S 500 W #125
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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