Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts

MICA is a grassroots cultural organization dedicated to art, justice, belonging, and community power. Through gallery shows, performances, education, dialogue, public art, and activism we seek to build and strengthen our west side Salt Lake communities.

MICA works in diverse spaces across the city, in partnership with groups like Sugar Space Arts Warehouse, University Neighborhood Partners, and the Salt Lake City School District. For 15 years we were located at Salt Lake's iconic Mestizo Coffee House, but have since moved.

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Wall with the words "you are on indian land" written in large letters
Photo from artist Denae Shanidiin's 2017 show I Honor You

It is our honor and responsibility to acknowledge the indigenous peoples that originated here in Utah — that have lived on and protected this land, survived on this land, and formed a relationship with this land for millennia. We acknowledge the legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that shape our communities. We pay our respects to the indigenous elders of this land, past and present, and offer our deep gratitude.

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Piece from the exhibition Eros and Thatanos by artist Brad Overton.
Piece from Hands Up Don't Shoot: A Group Exhibition
Part of the exhibition Zacuanpapalotls, by artist Nadia Rea Morales
Piece from the exhibition I Honor You by artist Denae Shanidiin

Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts has received support from the Salt Lake City Arts Council, Salt Lake County Zoo Arts and Parks (ZAP), Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Salt Lake City Mayor's Office, and many generous members of our community.


1131 S 1300 W
Salt Lake City, UT

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