Utah Department of Heritage & Arts

Utah Department of Heritage & Arts Our Mission:
To enrich the quality of life for the people of Utah, DHA creates, preserves, and promotes Heritage and Arts. Our divisions include Utah State Library, State History, Arts & Museums, Indian Affairs, Multicultural Affairs, Commission on Volunteers, and the STEM Action Center.
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Operating as usual

05/17/2021

Our Facebook name is changing tomorrow!

We have been officially renamed the Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement, and tomorrow our name on Facebook will change, too! Our page will also feature our new logo, which reflects the overlaps in our divisions' disciplines and our focus on community.

> Learn more about our new name and logo: https://community.utah.gov/new-name-fresh-perspective/

"Not in the vast mirror of clear sky in the Great Salt Lake..."Patrick Madden has taught at Brigham Young University and...
05/16/2021

"Not in the vast mirror of clear sky in the Great Salt Lake..."

Patrick Madden has taught at Brigham Young University and lived in Utah since 2004. His piece "Whence and Wherefore" is part of Utah @ 125, a collection of 125-word reflections commissioned for Thrive125.

> Read "Whence and Wherefore" and learn more about Patrick Madden: https://thrive125.utah.gov/madden/

Baseball was one of the most popular pastimes in Utah’s mining communities. This handmade baseball diamond line chalker ...
05/15/2021

Baseball was one of the most popular pastimes in Utah’s mining communities. This handmade baseball diamond line chalker was collected during a reclamation project in the 1980s on the Kenilworth mine site in Carbon County.

> Learn more: https://bit.ly/3xMiqtm

Baseball was one of the most popular pastimes in Utah’s mining communities. This handmade baseball diamond line chalker was collected during a reclamation project in the 1980s on the Kenilworth mine site in Carbon County.

> Learn more: https://bit.ly/3xMiqtm

After a pandemic pause, the arts are returning to Utah this summer. Here’s what’s being planned across the state -- plus...
05/14/2021
Utah’s Artists Say: 'The Arts Will Help Us Heal'

After a pandemic pause, the arts are returning to Utah this summer. Here’s what’s being planned across the state -- plus a look at this weekend’s spotlight of Utah talent in MagicSpace Entertainment's “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.” As the producer says: Five singers. Four backup singers. Two dancers. Twenty musicians. Thirty backstage crew and technicians. Twelve stagehands. And forty-eight One Voice Children’s Choir kids.

> Read more: https://www.visitutah.com/articles/utahs-artists-say-the-arts-will-help-us-heal

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05/14/2021

Our Facebook name will change next week!

On May 5th, we were officially renamed the Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement, and on Tuesday, May 18th, the name of our page will change as well. Our new name better reflects who we are as a department, and it brings our common goals to the forefront as it aligns us as a family of divisions.

> Read about the name change: https://community.utah.gov/new-name-fresh-perspective/

It's been 45 years since Utah historian Helen Z. Papanikolas published her book "The Peoples of Utah." In anticipation o...
05/13/2021
"The Peoples of Utah"- revisited, to be ready for USA's 250th (1776-2026) anniversary celebration - Cultural and Community Engagement

It's been 45 years since Utah historian Helen Z. Papanikolas published her book "The Peoples of Utah." In anticipation of the 250th anniversary of American independence, Dr. Holly George and Dr. Jedediah Rogers, the co-managing editors of the Utah Historical Quarterly, want to create a new reworking of Papanikolas’ vision. On Season 2, Episode 10 of "Speak Your Piece" they discuss the project.

> Listen to the episode: https://bit.ly/33yegHn
> Learn about contributing to the project: https://bit.ly/3o8tRa7

Dr. Holly George and Dr. Jedediah Rogers, want to publish a new reworking of Helen Papanikolas’ vision, which they have aptly christened “The People of Utah" —revisited. They want the new version to be published by 2026; just in time for the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution.

Timeline Photos
05/10/2021

Timeline Photos

Missing a stroll through an art gallery? Try a field trip to the Grand Ambitions Virtual Exhibit @ the Springville Museum of Art.

This and more on the UEN Teaching w/ Utah History page: https://bit.ly/3xFAVQ0

#NHDUtah #LearnHistoryMakeHistory #40YearswithNHDUtah #UTed

"Standing at the tip of 'Spiral Jetty,' surrounded by pink briny Great Salt Lake, I was tempted to draw conclusions..."L...
05/09/2021

"Standing at the tip of 'Spiral Jetty,' surrounded by pink briny Great Salt Lake, I was tempted to draw conclusions..."

Lance Larsen is the author of five poetry collections, most recently "What the Body Knows" (Tampa 2018). His piece "Looking for 'Spiral Jetty'" is part of Utah @ 125, a collection of 125-word reflections commissioned for Thrive125.

> Read "Looking for 'Spiral Jetty'" and learn more about Lance Larsen: https://thrive125.utah.gov/larsen/

When about 1,000 members of the Hmong community moved to Utah in the 1970s, they brought their traditional textile-makin...
05/08/2021

When about 1,000 members of the Hmong community moved to Utah in the 1970s, they brought their traditional textile-making techniques with them. This piece features the plot of a Hmong legend.

> Learn more about the textile and legend: https://sforce.co/2PMoWyU

When about 1,000 members of the Hmong community moved to Utah in the 1970s, they brought their traditional textile-making techniques with them. This piece features the plot of a Hmong legend.

> Learn more about the textile and legend: https://sforce.co/2PMoWyU

Late in the summer of 1889, most of the members of the Polynesian community in Salt Lake City moved to Skull Valley. Rea...
05/07/2021
Iosepa | THRIVE125

Late in the summer of 1889, most of the members of the Polynesian community in Salt Lake City moved to Skull Valley. Read about how they formed a new community, Iosepa, in the Thrive125 digital exhibit, "Voices: Discord and Harmony in 1896."

> Learn more: https://thrive125.utah.gov/iosepa/

Residents of Iosepa celebrate Pioneer Day (July 14) in 1913.Credit: Courtesy of the Utah State Historical Society Iosepa The Experiences of Religious Immigrants Many immigrants to Utah in the late 19th century were drawn to the area by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their experienc...

From the 1800s onward, the Great Basin was a point of intersection. Learn about how the California Gold Rush and the tra...
05/06/2021
Overland Travelers, Early Visitors, and the Coming of the Railroad - Utah Department of Heritage & Arts

From the 1800s onward, the Great Basin was a point of intersection. Learn about how the California Gold Rush and the transcontinental railroad brought newcomers through Utah in "Overland Travelers, Early Visitors, and the Coming of the Railroad," post 8 of the Salt Lake West Side Stories series by Senior Public Historian Brad Westwood.

> Read post 8: https://heritageandarts.utah.gov/overland-travelers-early-visitors-and-the-coming-of-the-railroad/

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Thank you The Pioneer Park Coalition and Utah Cultural Alliance for your support.

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Eightby Brad Westwood Utah was never entirely isolated from the United States, Latin America, and the Pacific World. From the 1800s onward, the Great Basin was a point of intersection where people from many cultures interacted with one another in several ways. One o...

The first Brown Bag Lecture of Utah Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month is tomorrow!
05/04/2021
Brown Bag Lecture: Graffiti Bustin’! | Utah Division of State History

The first Brown Bag Lecture of Utah Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month is tomorrow!

« All Events Brown Bag Lecture: Graffiti Bustin’! May 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Free « Chapters of Utah’s Architectural History: The Ancestral Puebloan Chapters of Utah’s Architectural History: Utah’s Nomadic Tribes » The Wasatch Graffiti Busters are a volunteer organization that is working ...

05/03/2021

Utah Department of Heritage & Arts, Salt Lake County Arts & Culture, and the Utah Cultural Alliance commissioned Y2 Analytics to conduct a survey measuring consumer confidence and willingness to return to live arts, culture, entertainment, and events following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The findings of the study can be found by visiting: https://bit.ly/2QD18y6

"If you grow up in Beaver, Utah,you know everything about everyone,all two thousand people living there..."Julie Jensen ...
05/02/2021

"If you grow up in Beaver, Utah,
you know everything about everyone,
all two thousand people living there..."

Julie Jensen has taught playwriting at six universities and believes writing makes you strong and writing plays makes you understanding. Her piece "If You Grew Up in Beaver" is part of Utah @ 125, a collection of 125-word reflections commissioned for Thrive125.

> Read "If You Grew Up in Beaver" and learn more about Julie Jensen: https://thrive125.utah.gov/jensen/

Happy Utah Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month!This object in Utah State History's collections was found during ...
05/01/2021

Happy Utah Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month!

This object in Utah State History's collections was found during an excavation near the north end of the Rio Grande. Can you guess what it is?

> The answer: https://bit.ly/2Pngjuq

Happy Utah Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month!

This object in Utah State History's collections was found during an excavation near the north end of the Rio Grande. Can you guess what it is?

> The answer: https://bit.ly/2Pngjuq

Only you can ensure that Utah’s historical treasures are preserved for the next celebration of statehood!> Learn how you...
04/30/2021
125 Years Later: What You Can Do to Help Preserve the Past | THRIVE125

Only you can ensure that Utah’s historical treasures are preserved for the next celebration of statehood!

> Learn how you can participate in historic preservation: https://thrive125.utah.gov/2021/04/26/help-preserve-the-past/

125 Years Later: What You Can Do to Help Preserve the Past By: Christopher W. Merritt, Ph.D., Utah State Historic Preservation Officer As Utahns continue to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Statehood, we thought it would be good to highlight how the historic preservation community continues to wor...

Today is an exciting day for our department! Governor Cox signed our new name into law. The Utah Department of Heritage ...
04/29/2021

Today is an exciting day for our department!

Governor Cox signed our new name into law.

The Utah Department of Heritage & Arts will officially become the Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement on May 5, 2021. This name change will better reflect who we are as a department as a whole and bring our common goals to the forefront by aligning us as a family of agencies.

> Learn more about the name change: https://bit.ly/2R54Tfr

Throughout the month of May, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums will be hosting free virtual professional gatherings ce...
04/28/2021
Professional Gatherings | Utah Division of Arts & Museums

Throughout the month of May, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums will be hosting free virtual professional gatherings centered on different roles within cultural institutions.

> Learn more about the series: https://artsandmuseums.utah.gov/professional-gatherings/

> RSVP to the gatherings: https://www.facebook.com/utahartsandmuseums/events/

Professional Gatherings We at UA&M are convening a series of free virtual professional gatherings for all you who do the heavy lifting at Utah's vital cultural institutions. These role-based, facilitated discussions will offer an opportunity to connect, ask, share, teach, learn, and even kvetch abou...

When COVID-19 caused Excellence in the Community to cancel its in-person concert series, the organization transitioned t...
04/27/2021
The Creative Pivot: Excellence in the Community - Utah Department of Heritage & Arts

When COVID-19 caused Excellence in the Community to cancel its in-person concert series, the organization transitioned to virtual programming. For the past year, it has continued to present live-streamed concerts for free.

> Read more in MUSE magazine: https://dha.utah.gov/the-creative-pivot-excellence-in-the-community/

> Explore upcoming events: https://www.facebook.com/excellenceinthecommunity/events/

Jeff Whiteley says he started to grieve when the Excellence in the Community concert series was forced to pause in late March — until the nonprofit’s founder hit upon a new plan.  On April 16, even as Salt Lake County health restrictions tightened, the music series relaunched with weekly Wednes...

Mark your calendars and register your 10th-12th grade students for Multicultural Youth Leadership Day: Navigating Your C...
04/26/2021

Mark your calendars and register your 10th-12th grade students for Multicultural Youth Leadership Day: Navigating Your Civic Power!

Registration deadline: May 10th
Event dates: May 18th, May 20th

Don't forget to register for Multicultural Youth Leadership Day: Navigating Your Civic Power! 📣 Join us in this interactive virtual event for 10th-12th grade students & educators as we navigate the different levels of civic engagement through art, entrepreneurism, community engagement, and civic leadership!

> Educators and parents/guardians are invited to register their students at forms.gle/11a3cheNS1ZHwvA56 by Monday, May 10th.

"We drove down Parley’s in the dark, eating the last of the cookies my mother had baked us 2,000 miles to the east..."El...
04/25/2021

"We drove down Parley’s in the dark, eating the last of the cookies my mother had baked us 2,000 miles to the east..."

Elaine Jarvik is a veteran Salt Lake City journalist and playwright. Her piece "Convert" is part of Utah @ 125, a collection of 125-word reflections commissioned for Thrive125.

> Read "Convert" and learn more about Elaine Jarvik: https://thrive125.utah.gov/jarvik/

Expressionist painter Howell Rosenbaum was known for his whimsical and unconventional personality as well as his colorfu...
04/24/2021

Expressionist painter Howell Rosenbaum was known for his whimsical and unconventional personality as well as his colorful pieces. He painted many of them outside "en plein aire." This one is titled "April."

> Learn more about the painting: https://sforce.co/3ejrDAc

Expressionist painter Howell Rosenbaum was known for his whimsical and unconventional personality as well as his colorful pieces. He painted many of them outside "en plein aire." This one is titled "April."

> Learn more about the painting: https://sforce.co/3ejrDAc

Missed a Thrive125 event? 😕Don't worry! Recordings of past events are available on the Thrive125 website.> Check them ou...
04/23/2021
Events | THRIVE125

Missed a Thrive125 event? 😕

Don't worry! Recordings of past events are available on the Thrive125 website.

> Check them out: https://thrive125.utah.gov/events/

Find an event Join us for a series of virtual events focused on Utah history, arts, and culture. Produced by: RECORDED PANEL DISCUSSIONS Reflections on Statehood Join this capstone event to the Thrive125 series. Six Utah scholars participate in an open-ended discussion on the meanings of statehood,....

By the time Pioneer Park was created, Salt Lake City's west side had transformed into an industrial home of non-Latter-d...
04/22/2021
The Legacy of Salt Lake City's Pioneer Fort - Utah Department of Heritage & Arts

By the time Pioneer Park was created, Salt Lake City's west side had transformed into an industrial home of non-Latter-day Saint immigrants.

Learn about how its role continued to change throughout the 20th century in "The Legacy of Salt Lake City's Pioneer Fort," post 7 of the Salt Lake West Side Stories series by Senior Public Historian Brad Westwood.

> Read Post 7: https://heritageandarts.utah.gov/the-legacy-of-salt-lake-citys-pioneer-fort/

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Thank you The Pioneer Park Coalition and Utah Cultural Alliance for your support.

Salt Lake West Side Stores: Post Sevenby Brad Westwood Above photo caption: Utah’s Hall of Relics, built as a small Parthenon replica. Note above the pediment is a smaller relica of Ralph Ramsey’s flying eagle sculpture (the original atop Brigham Young’s Eagle Gate). The hall, constructed of p...

Next month, celebrate archaeology and historic preservation with the Utah State Historic Preservation Office!
04/21/2021

Next month, celebrate archaeology and historic preservation with the Utah State Historic Preservation Office!

We are a little more than a week away from the start of Utah Archeology and Historic Preservation Month!

Our Archeology of Fort Douglas Walking Tour is all sold out, but you can sign-up for a similar experience by submitting an RSVP for one or many of our other events coming up!

Our events are filling up fast! Reserve your spot today!

https://bit.ly/3wQpnJf

#archeology #walkingtour #greatsaltlake #culturalresources #history

Most exhibitions at the Sears Art Museum involve months of planning, but the pandemic spurred a new, more immediate show...
04/20/2021
The Creative Pivot: Sears Art Museum - Utah Department of Heritage & Arts

Most exhibitions at the Sears Art Museum involve months of planning, but the pandemic spurred a new, more immediate show. "COVID-19 Pops-Up in Art" was anchored in loss and reflection.

> Learn more in MUSE magazine:
https://dha.utah.gov/the-creative-pivot-sears-art-museum/

Most exhibitions at St. George’s Sears Art Museum are months in the planning, with artworks that are meticulously hung and arranged. But instead immediacy was the inspiration for “COVID-19 Pops-Up in Art,” an exhibition in the Dixie State University museum’s foyer, says Kathy Cieslewicz, mus...

04/19/2021

An awesome mural for an awesome place!

"Teetering on the shoulders of native lands, gazing into murky remnants of Bonneville blue to the red cliffs and sloping...
04/18/2021

"Teetering on the shoulders of native lands, gazing into murky
remnants of Bonneville blue to the red cliffs and sloping pine
skirts of the horizon, progress seems distant, yet imminent..."

Trish Hopkinson is a poet, blogger, and advocate for the literary arts. Her piece "Gathering of the Salt" is part of Utah @ 125, a collection of 125-word reflections commissioned for Thrive125.

> Read "Gathering of the Salt" and learn more about Trish Hopkinson: https://thrive125.utah.gov/hopkinson/

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300 S Rio Grande St
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Our Story

At the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts, We Believe Culture Makes Life Better, Helps to Build Communities, Celebrates Diversity, and Improves Our Quality of Life.

Our department has 150 passionate professionals across our six divisions: Utah State Library, Arts & Museums, State History, Indian Affairs, Multicultural Affairs, UServe, and the Utah STEM Action Center.

We encourage participation from both our staff and the residents of Utah to shape the future of the state through the the power of arts and culture. As such, one of our primary functions is to align programmatic efforts to activate the social and civic engagement needed to cultivate creativity, reinforce a sense of belonging, and encourage collaboration. Each division’s work positively impacts individuals, communities, and ultimately the intangible heart of the state.

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