Happy holidays from all of us at Utah Division of Arts & Museums!
We serve as a catalyst for arts and museums programming throughout Utah. We encourage open and civil discussion. Comments which are disrespectful, offensive, denigrating, or defamatory will be rejected and removed. All comments are subject to GRAMA.
Connecting people and communities of Utah through arts and museums. Our goal is to promote innovation in and the growth of Utah's arts and culture community. We provide funding, education and technical services to individuals and organizations throughout the state. Please visit our other pages for specialized programming: Utah Visual Arts Program -- Arts & Museums | Literary Arts - Utah Arts & Museums | Utah Public Art Program - Utah Arts & Museums | DesignArts Program - Utah Arts & Museums Utah Arts & Museums is a division of the Utah Dept. of Heritage & Arts.
Mission: Connecting people and communities of Utah through arts and museums.
Happy holidays from all of us at Utah Division of Arts & Museums!
We should all be getting more exposure to the arts, claims a medical study published recently in the British Medical Journal. Researchers from the University College London surveyed 6,710 adults in England, aged 50 or older, to test whether a correlation exists between arts engagement and mortality. They found that even those who had what was classified as infrequent arts activity (going to maybe one or two cultural events a year) had a 14 percent lower risk of early mortality.
New research examines the lifespan effects of visiting museums and having other cultural experiences, and the results are very encouraging.
Have you seen our Statewide Annual Exhibition yet? Here's a blog post about it. Image: Cody Chamberlain’s "Source."
The 2020-21 guidelines for National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grants are available. This initiative, in partnership with Arts Midwest, supports community reading programs across the country, each designed around a single NEA Big Read book. In honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, the 2020-21 list of NEA Big Read books will include classic literature by four female authors: "My Ántonia," by Willa Cather; "The Essential Emily Dickinson;" "Their Eyes Were Watching God," by Zora Neale Hurston; and "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter," by Carson McCullers. In total, 32 books will be available for NEA Big Read projects taking place between September 2020 and June 2021. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 29.
Here's a great piece about Helper, Utah's arts renaissance.
Soiled doves are visible from hotel room windows in Helper, Utah, but now they are just mannequins. This gritty coal mining and railroad boomtown...
We're delighted to open our first round of Artist Career Advancement Scholarships! We're offering these to support the professional development and career advancement of artists. These scholarships are designed to support artists by helping them take advantage of timely external professional opportunities and by providing access to resources to advance their artistic careers. Due date for applications is February 21.
Join our museum services staff at the Hyrum City Museum on Monday, January 6, for a hands-on session on how to label and mark your museum's objects. Attendees will walk away from this session knowing how to mark works on paper (including photographs), textiles, and select 3D objects. Attendees will also leave with a supplies list on how to build an object marking kit. The event is free, but space is limited, so register here:
We're delighted to see that Kasandra VerBrugghen and Spy Hop Productions are nominated for this prestigious prize!
The Lewis Prize for Music believes that music in the lives of young people is a catalytic force to drive positive change in our society.
That's why we're so excited to announce ten innovative music changemakers as the finalists for our three $500,000 inaugural awards. Each of our finalists is creating access to music education for all, regardless of where they live. Learn more about our finalists.
Our sister agency, Utah State History, is seeking a director. Please spread the word!
Our Change Leader Program has been busy! In November, we held our semiannual Change Leader Institute (small group photo), a 3-day professional development training. This cohort of attendees represented organizations in Salt Lake, Weber, Davis, Utah, Uintah, Iron, Washington, Emery, Summit, and Grand counties. Right after the institute, we held our Change Leader Conference (large group photo), with the theme of creative problem-solving. At the conference, we certified 12 new Change Leaders (photo of folks with certificates). Each Change Leader has one year to complete a certification project after attending our Change Leader Institute. These community leaders tackled challenges in their organizations and communities. Kudos!
The Gallery Stroll reception for our show "A Living Legacy" is December 6 from 6 – 9 p.m. Please join us!
Save the date: Our colleagues at Utah State History are already planning for History Day on April 16 and 17. If you're good with kids and believe historical literacy is vital, this is the event for you. Serving as a History Day judge is inspiring, fun, and helps serve 7,000 students statewide who learn history by participating in History Day each year.
Judge signup: bit.ly/2NLTNaV
Learn more about History Day: history.utah.gov/utah-history-day/
Our parent agency, Utah Department of Heritage & Arts, recently published the latest issue of MUSE, a semiannual magazine about Utah culture. The cover story is about Spy Hop, the wonderful youth media organization. Check it out!
Kudos to our former Utah Museums Board member, Utah Museum of Fine Arts executive director Gretchen Dietrich, who has been invited to join the board of directors for Art Bridges, a new foundation dedicated to expanding access to American art across the country.
Join our museums team to learn more about the nuts and bolts of researching historic buildings and structures across Utah. Familiarize yourself with the resources available at the Utah SHPO, State History Library and Collections, and the Rio Grande Reading Room. Registration is free, but space is limited.
Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art Initiative encourages cities to embrace art as an effective and relatively low-cost strategy to activate their streets. The focus of the initiative is "asphalt art": visual interventions on roadways, pedestrian spaces, and vertical infrastructure. They've launched a competitive opportunity for 10 small and mid-sized American cities to receive up to $25,000 each to implement their own arts-driven transportation projects. The application is open to U.S. cities with populations of 30,000-500,000. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 12.
Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Asphalt Art Initiative responds to the growing number of cities around the world embracing art as an effective and relatively low-cost strategy to activate their streets.
Through project grants and artist services, the MAP Fund supports contemporary artists, of all abilities and backgrounds, whose work challenges canon and convention. MAP invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining, and ultimately co-creating, a more equitable and vibrant society. Due date to apply for funding is November 25 by 7 p.m. EST.
Utah Division of Arts & Museums's cover photo
Our sister agency, Utah State History, is hosting the World War II Memorial Commission, and they invite you to share your opinion on a proposed WWII memorial. The public is invited to suggest potential locations and design elements for a memorial and to suggest website resources that could be developed to honor those Utahns who contributed to the war effort. The memorial will recognize those who fought overseas and those who sacrificed here at home. The event is Thursday, November 21, at 6 p.m. at the Fort Douglas Military Museum, 32 Potter Street, in Salt Lake City. You may also provide input at the following website:
Our "Statewide Annual '19: Mixed Media & Works on Paper" exhibition will be on display in our Rio Gallery from November 15 through January 10. Gallery Stroll reception is November 15, 6 to 9 p.m. This annual exhibition surveys the best emerging and professional artists in Utah. Works are chosen for display by two out-of-state arts professionals. Awards are given for Best in Show, Juror's Award, Honorable Mention, and -- new this year -- People's Choice, in which visitors to the gallery can vote on their favorite artwork. The People's Choice winner will be announced on December 16.
Our friends at Dixie State University are holding the Business of Art seminar this week, November 15-16. There's a wonderful lineup of speakers, including many DSU professors, who will share what they've learned from years of being professional artists. This is a valuable event for those who want to invest in their futures as artists or businesspeople. Registration is just $50, which includes all classes, networking opportunities, and catered meals.
We were experiencing technical issues with our Submittable site for the Senate Visual Art Competition that are now resolved. We will accept submissions until midnight on Friday, November 8, 2019. We apologize for the inconvenience!
"A Living Legacy: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month" opens in our Alice Gallery on November 12 and runs through January 20. The Gallery Stroll reception is December 6 from 6 - 9 p.m. This show highlights traditional and contemporary work from some of the state’s finest indigenous artists. All artworks in the exhibition are acquisitions of the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Collection. Artists include Elsie Stone Holiday, Harold Begaye, Rena Juan, and Robert Maryboy. Image: "Carved Man and Woman with Sunglasses," by Rena Tahy Juan.
Utah Arts Alliance announces the third annual ILLUMINATE: Utah’s Light Art and Creative Tech Festival, a free two-day community art event happening November 8 and 9, 5 to 10 p.m. at The Gateway. Artists working with technology and light will use the city as their canvas and create projection-mapped artwork and light art displays.The festival features installations by more than 30 artists, live music and performances, kids' activities, virtual reality demonstrations, interactive light art projects, and food trucks.
This opportunity closes on Friday! Utah’s Complete Count Committee will make up to $500,000 in grants available to entities seeking to help achieve an accurate census count in hard-to-reach areas and populations. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, schools, cultural organizations, museums, libraries, local governments, and tribes. Grant applications are due November 8. Grantees will have between November 24, 2019 - June 30, 2020 to complete their projects.
The University of Utah will be presenting their next Tanner Lecture on Human Values, featuring artist and designer Maya Lin, who interprets the natural world through history, politics, and culture, creating work that balances art and architecture. Her key works include the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., the Civil Rights Memorial in Alabama, the Women’s Table in Connecticut, and her digital memorial, “What is Missing?” Evening lecture is November 20, Kingsbury Hall, 7 to 8:30 p.m., free but a ticket is required. Panel discussion including Paisley Rekdal, David Roh, and Elpitha Tsoutsounakis is November 21, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 9 a.m., also free, no ticket required.
Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal will moderate a media roundtable discussion with FOX 13 News's Ben Winslow, KUER 90.1's Andrew Becker, and The Salt Lake Tribune's Bethany Rodgers in a discussion on facts in the news. The roundtable is free to attend and will take place Saturday, November 2, directly after the matinee performance (approximately 3:30 p.m.) of "The Lifespan of a Fact" at Pioneer Theatre Company.
Marilyn Artus’s project Her Flag 2020: Utah Performance and Celebration will be at the Salt Lake City Public Library to commemorate the passing of the 19th amendment. Artus has invited 36 female artists, one from each of the states that helped ratify the 19th Amendment, to collaborate in creating a huge art flag with a stripe from each state. Artus will sew Utah artist Jann Haworth’s stripe onto her huge flag, amid the 173rd birthday party for Seraph Young Ford, the first woman to vote in Utah.
Our sister agency, Utah Division of Indian Affairs, is hosting a Utah's Indigenous Day celebration on Friday, November 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Clayton Middle School in Salt Lake. This event is free and open to the public, and will include performances by Sunwater Singers drum group, local Native youth, Carl Moore, Honey, and Pete Sands.
Our friends at Utah Nonprofits Association are offering advocacy essentials training on November 14 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at their offices in Salt Lake.
Kudos to Utah band Molly in the Mineshaft, who won the showcase award at the recent Arts Northwest booking conference!
We were so honored to be selected as the 2019 Arts Showcase winners. Thank you all so much. Hopefully coming to a city near you soon!
We're hiring a museum services assistant. This is a part-time temporary position that we're looking to fill soon. Please pass it on!
Speaking of the arts -- we're getting ready to open our first round of Artist Career Advancement Scholarships! These will provide funds to advance artists' careers. Stay tuned! #showyourart #artshumanitiesUT
Calling all filmmakers! Register your team for the Moab Showdown 49 Hour Short Film Competition. Then, on November 7, learn your mystery prop, line of dialogue, cool Moab location, and start your film. Presented by our friends at the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission.
Here's an interesting op-ed from The Salt Lake Tribune by our friend Max Chang, on the subject of how to deal with ethnic stereotypes in the arts.
October brings the opening of both Broadway at the Eccles and Ballet West’s 2019-2020 seasons, with the musical “Miss Saigon” and Balanchine’s “Ballet Russes,” respectively.
"Utah’s Proving Ground: Aesthetics, Environment and Politics of Dugway Proving Ground" is an artist talk/panel discussion, book-signing, and reception slated for Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 5:15 p.m. at the USU Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall. Visit the website to reserve your seat. $15 admission fee; free for USU faculty, students, staff and members of Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University.
For October, we'll be reading Sula by Toni Morrison. PBS documentary: POV: IrisBook discussion will be led by Steve Cracroft and Christine Maughan, and documentary discussion led by Donna Brown, PhD, NEHMA Scholar in Residence/Head of Academic Initiatives. To RSVP or learn more, call 435-797-7239 or...
Utah’s Complete Count Committee will make up to $500,000 in grants available to entities seeking to help achieve an accurate census count in hard-to-reach areas and populations. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, schools, cultural organizations, museums, libraries, local governments, and tribes. Grant applications are due November 8, 2019. Grantees will have between November 24, 2019 - June 30, 2020 to complete their projects.
Please vote to help preserve the Ladies Literary Club!
Calling all Utah history lovers, and too, those highly competitive Utanns who support a Utah cause!
Better Days 2020, State History and a team of other community organizations are calling on all Utahns to vote online every day at VoteYourMainStreet.org/SLC to help preserve the historic Ladies' Literary Club building (now the Clubhouse) in Salt Lake City.
The Clubhouse is competing against 20 cities nationwide to win $150,000 in preservation funding. The top 10 locations receive the $150,000 grant, and right now the Clubhouse is positioned at #10. It's too close for comfort! And there’s just two weeks to the end of the competition!
This funding will restore the Clubhouse’s sinking front porch and to make this grand Arts and Crafts era building ADA compliant.
The 106-year-old Clubhouse on South Temple St. served as the home of the Ladies' Literary Club — the first women’s club west of the Mississippi River — for a century. from 1913-2013. The LLC saved the Salt Lake City Public Library, sponsored arts education programs, and so much more.
617 E South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT
We conduct programs which provide more than 500 outreach services to schools, local arts councils and organizations, community centers, performing groups, and individual artists. Funding opportunities and grants are also available. We serve as a catalyst for arts programming throughout the state, assisting arts organizations, groups, and individuals in bringing the arts to the people of Utah. The Department of Heritage and Arts encourages open and civil discussion. Any comments which are disrespectful, offensive, denigrating of others, or defamatory will be rejected and removed. All comments are subject to the Utah Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA).
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