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About the Utah Division of Arts & Museums

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We are a division of the Department of Heritage and Arts (DHA), within the state government of Utah, responsible for the promotion of the arts and Utah museums. Our mission is to advance arts and culture by engaging every Utahn. We include the Utah Office of Museum Services and the Utah Arts Council. Our goals are to:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of the public value of arts and culture
  • Cultivate and formalize strategic partnerships
  • Foster education and lifelong participation in arts and culture
  • Nurture creativity and technological innovation in arts and culture
  • Invest in communities by strengthening the arts and cultural infrastructure
  • Improve access to opportunities and resources through efficient delivery of services

We 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 so that all Utahns, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can access, understand, and receive the benefits of arts and culture. We are the primary agency in Utah through which state and national funds combine to stimulate and encourage the arts. We distribute funds appropriated directly for the arts by both the Utah State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. We act as a state coordinator and adviser, having an awareness of various programs that might be underway at any given time around the state. We assist with professional development where needed and provide direct matching grants to more than 200 nonprofit organizations statewide.

We conduct programs which provide more than 500 outreach services to schools, local arts councils and organizations, community centers, performing groups and individual artists. The areas of interest covered include folk arts, arts education, public art, literary arts, community development, design arts and visual arts. Financial assistance is available through several programs, including grants to individual artists, fun

ding to schools through arts education, creative communities initiative funds, visual arts fellowships and apprenticeships for folk and ethnic artists. Overall, 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.

Office of Museum Services

The Office of Museum Services (OMS) is a state agency whose mission is to advance the value of museums within Utah and to enable the broadest physical, intellectual and emotional access to collections and programs. The Office assists Utah museums in improving their ability to:

    • care for and manage collections
    • develop quality educational resources
    • provide access to collections for research
    • identify and successfully compete for financial resources

Utah Arts Council

Established in 1899 by the Utah Legislature three short years after Utah received statehood, the Utah Arts Council (UAC) is the primary agency through which Utah State Legislature appropriations and funds from the National Endowment for the Arts combine to stimulate and advance the arts in all their phases in the state. The Council supports individual artists, arts and cultural organizations and constituents by:

    • acting as a state coordinator and advisor
    • assisting with professional development where needed
    • providing direct matching grants to more than 200 nonprofit organizations across the state
    • conducting programs which provide more than 500 outreach services to schools, local arts councils and organizations, community centers, performing groups and individual artists
    • serving as a catalyst for arts programming throughout the state
    • assisting arts organizations, groups and individuals in bringing the arts to the people of Utah

Utah legislator Alice Merrill Horne was instrumental in helping to establish the Utah Arts Council. Click HERE for more information about Horne.

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Annual Reports

Click HERE to see our Annual Reports.