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Legal Issues for Small Museums–SOLD OUT !

Monday, June 8 – Tuesday, June 9, 2015    
9 am – 5 pm (both days)
Rio Grande Depot
(Zephyr Room, 2nd floor)

Presenter: Pamela J. White, JD, PhDPam white_instructor 

Pamela is a faculty member for the Graduate Program of Museum Studies at Western Illinois University.  Her courses include Legal Issues for Museums, Administration, Exhibitions, Grant Writing and Public Art.  She also teaches Grant Writing and Art, Law and Ethics for the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History and College of Law.   She is the Principal for White Cow Art Consulting, LLC focusing on public art, curatorial organization and artists’ rights.  Her clients include the University of Iowa Art in State Buildings Program. She was formerly the Interim Director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art and the Director of the Pentacrest Museums at the UI.  She has more than twenty years of experience in the museum field and has curated more than 100 exhibitions. 


Are you overwhelmed by the legal framework that impacts museums?
Would you like to know more about the ethics involved in running a museum?

This 2-day workshop, in collaboration with the Campbell Center for Historic Studies, will cover many issues to help you and your museum such as:

  • Establishing your tax exempt status
  • Copyright, censorship
  • Federal laws covering items such as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), endangered species, and others
  • Relationships with dealers and collectors
  • Acquisitions, de-accessioning, and other collections documentation

This workshop is designed for museum professionals who are responsible for managing their museum collections and for those who manage their organizational status. Breakfast and lunch are included with your registration fee.


Crash Course in Collections Care Workshop–Registration FULL! rcwr80.

When: Tuesday, June 16th from 9 AM-5 PM

Where: Museum of Peoples and Cultures on BYU’s campus

Cost: FREE!

Come join us for this hands-on, collections care 101 workshop that will cover best practices for exhibitions, object handling, and storage. In this workshop, you will learn how to make storage mounts for 3D objects, how to hinge, mat, and frame a 2D object, best practices for handling all types of objects, condition reporting, labeling and other skills.

Registration is free, first come first serve. Please register by emailing Jennifer Ortiz, Museum Specialist, at or calling at 801-245-7288. Registration deadline is June 10th.

This is a joint workshop being presented by the Registrar’s Committee, Western Region and the Division of Arts and Museums. Not a member of RCWR? Check them out here today!

Collections Care Assistance

Need help with your museum’s collection? Not sure where to start? Contact Museum Specialist Jennifer Ortiz at 801-245-7288 or at for any of your museum collections related questions.

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You can search for museums on the Utah Museums Association website, a directory fueled by data from Utah Arts & Museums. For current exhibits and events, visit Whether you are planning a day trip to a museum or a longer road trip, these sites are sources of information about the museums that you want to visit. Always confirm with the museum before traveling and please inform us of any corrections or additions.

Museum Events

Museums Advocacy Day

The Utah Museums Association and the Advisory Board of the Office of Museum Services host Museums Advocacy Day at the Legislature in the Capitol Rotunda. Click HERE for more information or to see images from past events. Mark your calendars for the next Museums Advocacy Day, which will be held February 23, 2016.


Museum Certification

The 2008 State Legislature enacted a bill creating a Certified Utah Museum designation.  Museums must be certified to be eligible for Arts & Museum grants. Certified Utah Museums pay a reduced $65 fee for their annual Charitable Solicitations Permit.

Performance Goals

The museum performance goals program encourages museums to reach new standards of excellence through a self-study that covers eight vital museum programs: purpose and structure, staff, finance, facilities, collections and conservation, exhibitions, education and public relations. If you are having trouble completing the worksheet, please check to make certain that you have the latest (free) version of Adobe Reader.



Museum Grants help museums develop and execute projects to increase knowledge of professional skills in accepted museum practices; to better preserve, exhibit, and interpret their collections; and to better serve their communities.

Capital Facilities Requests

Planning to seek financial assistance from the state for a capital project? Submit your request to Utah Arts & Museums by June 1 for prioritization by the appropriate board (Office of Museum Services or Utah Arts Council). The prioritized list of projects is provided to the Governor’s Office and State Legislature for consideration when constructing state budgets. This is not a grant and there is no funding set aside in advance for these requests.

Other Opportunities

Information about regional and national opportunities can be found on our MuseOps page.

Utah Museums Services Survey

Utah Arts & Museums conducts annual surveys to collect information on museums’ growth, development and value. Results are posted online, made available to the museum community, shared with legislators, and used for planning.

Survey Results

 Download an information sheet on the Museums program.


Contact Jennifer Ortiz at or 801.245.7288