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 and Commission on Volunteers.
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The Utah State Historical Society's 68th annual conference is now in full swing. The program features a slate of prereco...
09/11/2020

The Utah State Historical Society's 68th annual conference is now in full swing. The program features a slate of prerecorded and live-stream sessions on various aspects of the conference theme, rights and responsibilities. Keep reading for a few highlights.

08/06/2020
Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs

Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs

This pandemic has shown a rise in discrimination towards certain groups and communities of color continue to be among the most affected. Anyone can get and spread COVID-19, and we can all do our part to stop the spread of the virus and hurtful messages.

Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by wearing a face mask in public, wash your hands often, and physically distance yourself from others by at least 6 feet when possible.

For official information and updates, visit: https://coronavirus.utah.gov or https://coronavirus.utah.gov/espanol.

Video Credit: This video was produced in collaboration with Comcast, the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs, and the Multicultural Advisory Committee of the State of Utah Covid-19 Response.

#GreaterGood #MaskUpUtah

Utah Division of Multicultural AffairsRACIAL EQUITY & INCLUSION GRANT **Applications Now Open Through August 21st> More ...
07/31/2020
Racial Equity & Inclusion Fund of Utah | Utah Division Of Multicultural Affairs

Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs
RACIAL EQUITY & INCLUSION GRANT
**Applications Now Open Through August 21st

> More Info: multicultural.utah.gov/racial-equity-fund

Any non-profit organization with demonstrated experience serving multicultural communities within Utah can apply.

Grants of up to $50,000 will be provided to provide emergency basic needs assistance to multicultural communities, including but not limited to utilities, rent, transportation, food assistance, and case management.

RACIAL EQUITY AND INCLUSION FUND Recent wide-spread reports and countless data reveals COVID-19 disproportionately impacts racially and ethnically diverse communities. This current crisis confirms and magnifies pre-existing social determinants of health, bringing into focus the cumulative impacts of...

Mascots have become a hot topic — again — because of the Washington NFL team losing its Redskins moniker. > Read the Sto...
07/29/2020
Indian Affairs Director Discusses Mascots - Utah Department of Heritage & Arts

Mascots have become a hot topic — again — because of the Washington NFL team losing its Redskins moniker.

> Read the Story and Watch the Video: https://bit.ly/3gegtfO

Locally, a push to stop high schools from using the Braves mascot is gaining momentum, especially in Bountiful (North Summit is also the Braves). Last year, the Cedar High School mascot changed from Redman to Reds. Utah Division of Indian Affairs Director Dustin Jansen discusses.

The Salt Lake Tribune's weekly "Trib Talk" took a closer look at the issues surrounding American Indian mascots. The panel included Dustin Jansen, the director of the Division of Indian Affairs.

In episode 14 of the “Speak Your Piece” podcast, Senior Historian Brad Westwood interviews Dr. Holly George about her wo...
07/21/2020

In episode 14 of the “Speak Your Piece” podcast, Senior Historian Brad Westwood interviews Dr. Holly George about her work on topics such as theater in Washington state and the history of the Spanish Flu.

> Listen to the Podcast:
heritageandarts.utah.gov/life-and-death-in-the-cache-county-during-the-spanish-flu/

Perhaps the most poignant part of the interview — as well as the most timely — is when Dr. George talks about the death of her great, great grandmother in 1919.

Salt Lake County Mayor's Office of Diversity & Inclusion
07/17/2020

Salt Lake County Mayor's Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Welcoming Salt Lake is an annual celebration bringing together people and local events that celebrate the contributions of immigrants and refugees and highlights the role communities play in ensuring everyone feel welcome. This event, known nationally as Welcoming Week, will take place September 11–20, 2020.

Utah Humanities and the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, in partnership with the Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office for New Americans, are accepting submissions from refugee and immigrant poets, storytellers, visual artists, photographers, dancers, and musicians for Welcoming Week 2020. Please submit your images or your one-to-five minute video for consideration to [email protected] by July 31, 2020. Accepted submissions will receive monetary compensation.



We appreciate your help spreading the word through your respective channels.

The COVID-19 Cultural Assistance Grants called “Create In Utah” will assist cultural, artistic, botanical, or zoological...
07/10/2020

The COVID-19 Cultural Assistance Grants called “Create In Utah” will assist cultural, artistic, botanical, or zoological organizations in the state who have annual budgets of more than $5 million.

*Applications Open Monday
Find Out More: artsandmuseums.utah.gov/uam-covid-19-emergency-funding/

Cultural organizations whose budgets are under $5 million annually may receive funding through Utah Arts & Museums' FY21 General Operating Support Grants. The Create In Utah program will free up nearly $1 million from Utah Arts & Museums General Operating Support Grants that would have gone to larger organizations, allowing those funds to be distributed to cultural organizations with budgets under $5M.

Additionally, small and mid-sized non-profit organizations may qualify for other grants offered through GOED, including “Shop In Utah” grants.
Find Out More: https://business.utah.gov/coronavirus/

Designers In All Mediums*SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES BY FRIDAY THE 10th!
07/09/2020

Designers In All Mediums
*SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES BY FRIDAY THE 10th!

DESIGN ARTS UTAH > CALL FOR ENTRIES

*SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES BY FRIDAY THE 10th!
This juried design exhibition is open to professional and post-secondary student designers residing in Utah working in any design medium. The Designer selected as the Juror’s Award Winner receives a $3,000 award. Two $500 student awards will also be awarded.

APPLY NOW: https://artsandmuseums.utah.gov/design-arts-2/

Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs
07/03/2020

Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs

Saying you don't see color stops us from having discussions that really matter.
In the words of Roni Faida, racial justice advocate, "It stops us from being able to talk to one another about how difficult it can be to live in this country. When you tell me you don't see my color, you are basically telling me that you don't see a huge part of who I am and that doesn't help me. "
>>Check out this Ted Talk by Mellody Hobson on the value of being “color brave” versus color blind: https://www.ted.com/talks/mellody_hobson_color_blind_or_color_brave?language=en

With the fifty-first anniversary of the NYC Stonewall Riots (June 28th to July 3rd) ending just before the 4th of July w...
07/03/2020

With the fifty-first anniversary of the NYC Stonewall Riots (June 28th to July 3rd) ending just before the 4th of July weekend, this Speak Your Piece podcast by Senior Public Historian Brad Westwood with historian J. Seth Anderson offers some contemporary Utah history.

Episode 15, Part 1: heritageandarts.utah.gov/speaking-about-utahs-lgbtq-history

Wearing a face covering in public is more important now than ever before. Cases have gone up by 84% in Utah because peop...
06/30/2020

Wearing a face covering in public is more important now than ever before. Cases have gone up by 84% in Utah because people aren't taking it seriously.

PLEASE WEARK A MASK IN PUBLIC.

Utah Division of Arts & Museums
06/27/2020

Utah Division of Arts & Museums

DESIGN ARTS UTAH > CALL FOR ENTRIES

*SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES BY FRIDAY THE 10th!
This juried design exhibition is open to professional and post-secondary student designers residing in Utah working in any design medium. The Designer selected as the Juror’s Award Winner receives a $3,000 award. Two $500 student awards will also be awarded.

APPLY NOW: https://artsandmuseums.utah.gov/design-arts-2/

This Week's MUSE Story: heritageandarts.utah.gov/the-art-of-women-voting/After working as a photojournalist in her nativ...
06/25/2020

This Week's MUSE Story:
heritageandarts.utah.gov/the-art-of-women-voting/

After working as a photojournalist in her native country, artist Fazilat Soukhakian earned a master’s and PhD at the University of Cincinnati, where her dissertation project, “Here I Become,” explored the politics of gender and sexuality.

Back home in a Muslim culture, discussing topics such as homosexuality was stigmatized. She thought of America as a place where “everybody is free to practice whatever, and nobody cares.”

She quickly learned otherwise. Students and their friends confided in her their pain in speaking about their sexuality to their Latter-day Saint families. She learned about church teachings that command gay members to be celibate. She learned about Utah’s high suicide rate. “Really heartbreaking stories,” she says.

During this pandemic, Utah’s homeless community needs our help now more than ever. You can help by making a donation to ...
06/25/2020

During this pandemic, Utah’s homeless community needs our help now more than ever. You can help by making a donation to the United Ways of Utah COVID-19 Community Response Fund to support rapid rehousing, shelter diversion, and homeless shelters. Visit coronavirus.utah.gov/help/#vulnerable to make a donation.
Keep Utah Resilient.
#OneUtah #UtahLeadsTogether

Utah’s first gay bar, the Sun Tavern, opened its doors in 1973. Located on the northwest corner of South Temple and 400 ...
06/24/2020

Utah’s first gay bar, the Sun Tavern, opened its doors in 1973. Located on the northwest corner of South Temple and 400 West, the “Sun” became a de facto gay community center for the then publicly emerging community. Sun Tavern’s founder and proprietor Joe Redburn, an openly gay man, organized Utah’s first gay festival and public gathering, which took place in 1974 on the fifth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

> Read The Story: heritageandarts.utah.gov/salt-lake-citys-lgbtq-communities-and-the-west-side
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The post is just one segment of a much longer series titled, “Salt Lake’s West Side Stories” coming out this summer. Thank you to our contributors: Utah Pride Center, Equality Utah, The Pioneer Park Coalition, Utah Lgbtq+ Chamber of Commerce

The Utah COVID-19 Community Response Fund is designed to help those who are economically vulnerable and disproportionate...
06/22/2020

The Utah COVID-19 Community Response Fund is designed to help those who are economically vulnerable and disproportionately impacted by the virus. The fund will support programs and services such as crisis nurseries and childcare and healthcare services for under/uninsured. Contribute to the fund today at coronavirus.utah.gov/help/#vulnerable
Keep Utah Resilient.
#OneUtah #UtahLeadsTogether

06/17/2020
A Cultural Pivot

As we begin the journey to get our lives back on track, don't forget the individuals and organizations that are still in hardship. Protect your family, get back on your feet, and take a moment to donate or volunteer to those who need our kindness to raise them up.

06/17/2020
A Message from Utah’s Faith Leaders - :30

Coronavirus is hitting our communities hard. Utah’s interfaith leaders encourage Utahns to continue to practice social distancing, wear face coverings and wash hands frequently. We’re stronger when we work together.

Coronavirus is hitting our communities hard. Utah’s interfaith leaders encourage Utahns to continue to practice social distancing, wear face coverings and wa...

One hundred fifty years ago, Seraph Young, a 23-year-old Salt Lake City schoolteacher, amplified the voices of Utah wome...
06/16/2020

One hundred fifty years ago, Seraph Young, a 23-year-old Salt Lake City schoolteacher, amplified the voices of Utah women by casting her first vote in a municipal election.

One hundred years ago, the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution extended voting rights to white women across the country.

This year’s dual anniversaries inspired “Women to the Front: Perspectives on Equality, Gender, and Activism,” an exhibition by women artists at the Rio Gallery. The title draws upon invitations issued by punk musicians to create a safe space directly in front of concert stages for female fans during the early 1990s Riot Grrrl movement.

Curators Nancy Rivera and Scotti Hill asked Utah artists what themes from the suffrage movement are still relevant, 100 years later, in their work. After extensive research, curators selected work from 15 artists in an all-women show that spotlights diversity in its variety of artistic media, as well as the artists’ backgrounds.

> Read the Story and see the artists:
https://heritageandarts.utah.gov/the-art-of-women-voting/

🎼BECAUSE YOU LOVE MUSICUtahns support our musicians, whether it’s the pianos we play at home or the concerts we attend p...
06/16/2020

🎼BECAUSE YOU LOVE MUSIC
Utahns support our musicians, whether it’s the pianos we play at home or the concerts we attend performed by our world-class symphony, opera, and music professionals. You can support our community’s musical community by donating at coronavirus.utah.gov/help/#nonprofit.
Keep Utah Vibrant.
#OneUtah #UTculturefromhome #UtahLeadsTogether

In the mid-1800s, Salt Lake City had a small but vibrant African American community that included a number of small busi...
06/15/2020

In the mid-1800s, Salt Lake City had a small but vibrant African American community that included a number of small businesses, hotels, restaurants, and clubs that served black citizens.

The majority of these businesses were located around and between the city’s railroad depots (Salt Lake City’s old west side). By 1910 there were almost twelve hundred black-owned businesses counted in that year’s census.

> Read the Full Story:
heritageandarts.utah.gov/african-americans-and-salt-lakes-west-side/

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This blog post is part of a summer series we will soon unveil titled, "Salt Lake’s West Side Stories." The series is a historical journey into the diverse and engaging history of Salt Lake's West Side including several posts discussing the Pioneer Park neighborhood.

Written by Senior Public Historian Brad Westwood in partnership with the The Pioneer Park Coalition Special Thanks To: Utah Black Chamber, Calvary Baptist Church, Trinity A.M.E. Church

Recognizing microaggressions is one of the first steps to overcoming biases.
06/15/2020

Recognizing microaggressions is one of the first steps to overcoming biases.

Microagressions are more than just insults. They perpetuate stereotypes and cause further division. We must be constantly aware of our own biases, be open to discussing them, and stand personally against all forms of bias and discrimination.
>>To better understand what a microaggression is and how to avoid them, visit https://www.vox.com/2015/2/16/8031073/what-are-microaggressions.

#LeadWithInclusion #StandAgainstRacism

BECAUSE YOU LOVE STORIESStories matter. Stories — on pages and on stages — will connect audiences again when this crisis...
06/12/2020

BECAUSE YOU LOVE STORIES
Stories matter. Stories — on pages and on stages — will connect audiences again when this crisis is over. Donate to help storytellers and theater artists keep telling Utah's story at coronavirus.utah.gov/help/#nonprofit
Keep Utah Vibrant.
#OneUtah #UTculturefromhome #UtahLeadsTogether

Today, #ShutDownSTEM and #ShutDownAcademia is taking place. Scientists and institutions all over the country are canceli...
06/10/2020

Today, #ShutDownSTEM and #ShutDownAcademia is taking place. Scientists and institutions all over the country are canceling meetings/activities and instead, discussing ways they can take action against racism.

For self-guided online resources related to establishing best practices needed to foster inclusive and collaborative communities please visit: https://multicultural.utah.gov/self-guided-learning/

In the wake of the most recent murders of Black people in the US, it is clear that white and other non-Black people have to step up and do the work to eradicate anti-Black racism. As members of the global academic and STEM communities, we have an enormous ethical obligation to stop doing “business as usual.” No matter where we physically live, we impact and are impacted by this moment in history.

Our responsibility starts with our role in society. In academia, our thoughts and words turn into new ways of knowing. Our research papers turn into media releases, books and legislation that reinforce anti-Black narratives. In STEM, we create technologies that affect every part of our society and are routinely weaponized against Black people.

Black academic and Black STEM professionals are hurting because they exist in and are attacked by institutional and systemic racism. Black people have been tirelessly working for change, alongside their Indigenous and People of Color allies. For Black academics and STEM professionals, #ShutDownAcademia and #ShutDownSTEM is a time to prioritize their needs— whether that is to rest, reflect, or to act— without incurring additional cumulative disadvantage.

A Conversation with Reverend Francis Davis.> heritageandarts.utah.gov/reverendfrancedavisDavis is an influencer for his ...
06/05/2020

A Conversation with Reverend Francis Davis.
> heritageandarts.utah.gov/reverendfrancedavis

Davis is an influencer for his faith, and for Utah’s Civil Rights efforts, and for the state’s growing African-American community.

06/04/2020

There Is Strength In Numbers.

bit.ly/racecommunityconvos

06/03/2020

Knowledge is Power.

bit.ly/racialjusticeguides

06/03/2020

Shout With Your Vote.

vote.utah.gov

06/03/2020

Speak Up Against Intolerance.

bit.ly/blkmsvoices

06/02/2020

Racial Injustice Is Wrong.

Raciallyjustutah.org

Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs
06/02/2020
Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs

Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs

"Over the coming days, we will bring our law enforcement and multicultural leaders together to dialogue and act to ensure we are doing everything possible to educate and remove racism, whether individual or systemic, from our agencies. We must become better from this experience." - Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox

https://medium.com/@coxsp/one-utah-401b476

The Final Countdown Census Challenge starts TODAY at HIGH NOON. If you haven’t filled out your census, now is the time! ...
06/01/2020

The Final Countdown Census Challenge starts TODAY at HIGH NOON. If you haven’t filled out your census, now is the time! It’s quick and easy and helps to determine and support arts-related funding and policy.

Visit 2020census.gov and fill out your Census form today (you can also fill it out over the phone, 844-330-2020, in Spanish 844-468-2020).

::Utah Artifacts: "Public Statement" By Denae Shanidiin::Using the sign as an accessible means of expanding a collective...
05/30/2020

::Utah Artifacts: "Public Statement" By Denae Shanidiin::

Using the sign as an accessible means of expanding a collective and silenced voice, Shanidiin’s projects reveal the importance of Indigenous spirituality and sovereignty.

Her work brings awareness to many contemporary First Nation issues including the fight to protect Bears Ears, Climate Justice, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous People.

Shaniddin's artwork is part of the Women To The Front Exhibit in commemoration of women's suffrage. The full exhibit will be on view at the Kimball Art Center this Fall. A digital preview is available online.

>> View artwork: https://utahvisualarts.omeka.net/exhibits/show/women-to-the-front/item/35

>>Preview the digital exhibit:
bit.ly/UTwomen2thefront

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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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