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The Change Leader Program is a professional development course with an active network of course graduates. Participants attend a three-day immersive institute with instruction on assessing environments and the communication and facilitation skills necessary to implement change. Following the institute, Change Leaders practice these skills by completing a certification project. These certified Change Leaders form a network of leaders that share a common language, mentor each other, and convene through leadership circles and conferences.

Change Leader Program brochure    |   Institute Application

For more information on the Change Leader program contact Tracy Hansford at or 801.236.7544.

Change Leader


Spring Conference  

Date – Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Location – 
Utah Cultural Celebration Center
Conference Agenda

We are very happy to announce Barbara Schaffer Bacon as the keynote speaker for the Spring Change Leader Conference!

Barbara Schaffer Bacon co-directs Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts that inspires, informs, promotes, and connects arts and culture as potent contributors to community, civic, and social change. Additionally, she contributes to Local Arts Advancement work at Americans for the Arts. She has written, edited, and contributed to many publications including Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture: Findings from Animating Democracy; Case Studies from Animating Democracy; Animating Democracy: The Artistic Imagination as a Force for Civic Dialogue; Arts & Civic Engagement: A Toolkit; Fundamentals of Local Arts Management; and The Cultural Planning Work Kit. A consultant in program design and evaluation, Barbara has served as an adviser for state and national arts agencies and private foundations. Barbara previously served as executive director of the Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts. She is president of the Arts Extension Institute, Inc. and a board member for WomenArts. Barbara served for 14 years on the Belchertown, MA School Committee.  She currently serves as a member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

  • To register for the Change Leader and Mountain West Arts Conference follow this link
  • To register for the Change Leader Conference only follow this link
  • If you are certifying please contact Tracy Hansford, or 801-236-7544


The Change Leader Institute is a professional development course that addresses leadership issues in relation to leading change. Our goals are to better equip arts and cultural leaders to deal with environmental and organizational change, and also to create a statewide mentoring network in the arts and cultural community.

You can access the Institute Application here.

Institute Reading Materials

Participants are encouraged to read the following articles beforehand to be discussed during the Institute.

  1. The 12 Cognitive Biases That Prevent You from Being Rational
  2. Leading Transition
  3. Albright on Communication
  4. Albright on Negotiating

Upcoming Change Leader Institutes

  • June 4-6, 2018 – Midway, UT

**Please note that there is currently a wait-list for the Change Leader Institute. Submit an application to be placed on the wait-list.

Certification Projects

To complete their training, Change Leaders design a project, applying the concepts they learned in the Institute. After examining their environment to identify a need, they plan a response, engage others, identify resources, negotiate, honor resistance, adjust plans as necessary and implement change.  Each certification project is unique.

Leadership Circles

Change Leader Leadership Circles are networking meetings that take place throughout the state. Change Leaders gather to exchange ideas and information, and to receive state and national arts updates.

Check back for upcoming Leadership Circles.

Change Leader Random Acts of Art

Memory Care Project for webChange Leader Random Acts of Art encourage creative engagement in communities, spearheaded by Change Leaders. RAAs can range from art projects to targeted community-based activities. This program provides funding for the following purposes:

  • Support local civic engagement using arts as a medium and/or artists as active participants.
  • Illustrate the impact of arts and artists in meeting social or community needs/opportunities through small projects that are not part of regular programming.
  • Assist Change Leaders in building value and increasing connections within their respective communities.
  • Strengthen and raise awareness of the arts and the Change Leader network through media and public relations.

Click HERE to view the guidelines.

Final Reports are now online! Access them HERE.

To log in to the online application for this funding, Change Leaders can visit
Please note: The online grants system works best if viewed in Chrome or Firefox web browsers.

For Change Leaders

Click HERE to see a list of the Change Leaders across Utah.

Download an information sheet on the Community Arts program.