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Creative Aging

As the percentage of aging adults climbs in the United States, state arts agencies (SAAs) face an unprecedented need to serve this growing demographic. A primary source of funding and expertise with the ability to operate on state and local levels, SAAs have the capacity to forge lasting change. They are poised to drive the creation of sustainable infrastructure for arts in aging and health in partnership with the aging services industry, healthcare, and academia.

 ENGAGE Initiative – National Center for Creative Aging

The ENGAGE initiative in Arts, Health, and Aging, was designed by the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) in partnership with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) to prepare SAAs to play a leading role in advancing creative aging in our country and to support them in addressing critical issues they face in building a robust environment for lifelong learning in their states and regions.

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is partnering with the National Center for Creative Aging and EngAGE Utah to carry out these initiatives. Our goal is to participate in ongoing professional development and to pursue a state-specific plan of action.


Free Online Artist Training in Arts and Aging
– National Center for Creative Again NCCA_DSC1001

The NCCA Online Artist Training in Arts and Aging, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Michelson Foundation, and MetLife Foundation, is a free online course for teaching artists interested in learning how to lead lifelong learning programs in the arts that engage older people as creators. This self-guided training offers an introduction to philosophy, key concepts, methods, and current research from the field of arts in aging. It introduces readers to the life story-based methods developed by Susan Perlstein and Elders Share the Arts, as well as several other approaches and techniques, offering an array of exercises and case studies that exemplify the work that is happening in the field today.

NEA Awards for Creativity and Aging Projects

The document below features information on some of the recent NEA awards for creativity and aging projects. These awards span across the entire country and showcase a wide range of disciplines. To view guidelines for the NEA grants, visit

Recent NEA Awards for Creativity and Aging


We would like to thank our partners in this initiative. Together, we will be able to create awareness and foster dialogue among states so we can better serve the aging populations though creativity.



Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Art Commemorates Living Traditions Festival in Exhibition

SALT LAKE CITY — The Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts is pleased to present a new exhibit honoring 30 years of Salt Lake City’s Living Traditions Festival. The exhibit includes photographs of the festival’s artists and history featuring dance, music, and craft. Several of the artists featured in the exhibition also have examples of their work in the Utah Folk Art Collection on display at the Chase Home or have performed at Mondays in the Park, an annual summer concert series held in front of the museum.

Living Traditions has been a local favorite featuring the art, craft, food, music, and dance of the diverse cultures that shape our community. Held annually on the grounds of the Salt Lake City & County Building, the Living Traditions Festival is a three-day multicultural event celebrating the traditions of Salt Lake City’s contemporary ethnic communities. Living Traditions brings together over 50 distinct cultures that have made Salt Lake City their home.

“Folk arts in Utah have a long history of excellence in performance and craft,” said Folk Arts Specialist Adrienne Decker. “Our division also has a long history of partnering with the Salt Lake City Arts Council’s Living Traditions Festival and we are delighted to showcase the diverse cultures of the state through this commemorative exhibit.”

Museum admission is free. This exhibit was made possible by the Salt Lake City Arts Council, and will be on display at the Chase Home through mid-September. The Chase Home is open 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Utah Public Art Program Seeks Public Art for Fitness Center at Salt Lake Community College

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Public Art Program of the Division of Arts & Museums, in association with the Division of Facilities and Construction Management and Salt Lake Community College, has published a call for letters of interest and qualifications from resident Utah artists interested in creating art for the Bruin Fitness Center at the South City Campus of Salt Lake Community College. The Art Selection Committee is hopeful the artist for this commission will consider and reflect the users of the SLCC campus, the facility and the surrounding South Salt Lake City community. 

The deadline for receipt of material from interested artists is 5 p.m. MST, Aug. 14, 2015. The full description and guidelines for application can be found at Artists may submit qualifications online at

The Public Art Program was created by the Utah State Legislature in 1985 with the passage of the Percent-for-Art-Act. This statute allows for 1 percent of construction costs for new or remodeled State facilities to be added to the project for the commissioning or acquisition of art that is site specific to the facility and community. To date, over 220 works have been placed in State facilities statewide. For more information visit or contact Jim Glenn at or 801.245.7271, or Felicia Baca at or 801.245.7272.

Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Art & Tracy Aviary Team Up for Pioneer Day at Liberty Park

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Art, in partnership with the Tracy Aviary, will present a fun-filled day of arts in Liberty Park to help you celebrate Pioneer Day on July 24. Tracy Aviary will grant a special Pioneer Day admission rate of $1.00.

Utah Arts & Museums is providing performances at Tracy Aviary beginning at 11:15 a.m. with Indian Classical Dance troupe Kargi Kala Kendra. Acoustic musical performances will continue throughout the day. For a full schedule please visit

The Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts, also housed in Liberty Park, will host on-site artist demonstrations and provide make-and-take arts and crafts. The demonstrations of pioneer rag rug weaving beginning at 11 a.m. with activities for kids in the afternoon. The Utah Folk Arts Collection will also be on display in the museum.

“Pioneer Day is a great tradition we have in Utah” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey, “but the state’s heritage also includes many other cultures that settled this state. At the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Art we feature many cultures and their folk traditions and we are happy to showcase their artwork as we all celebrate those who came to Utah and made it their home.

The Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts is the only museum in the country dedicated to displaying a state-owned collection of contemporary folk art. To learn more about the Chase Home, please visit or

Local Musicians and Dancers to Perform for the Public Outside the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Art in Liberty Park

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Arts & Museums invites you to join us at the Chase Home Museum in Liberty Park for this year’s Mondays in the Park concert series. These FREE concerts feature local music and dance groups from the diverse cultural communities of the Wasatch Front. Performances begin at 6:45 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, family and friends of all ages to these outdoor concerts!

“These concerts have been a tradition at Liberty Park for many years, and we are proud to present them to the public in partnership with the local nonprofit Excellence in the Community,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey.

For more information on these concerts, please visit

July 20

Divya School of Dance & Desibels

Indian Classical Dance & Desi Music

July 27

Island Time II

Polynesian Music and Dance

August 3

Blue Sage Band

Old Time Banjo and Bluegrass Music

August 10

Best of Africa & Jambo Africa Drummers

Rwandan, Burundian, and Congolese Music and Dance

August 17

Ballet Folklorico de las Americas & Mariachi Sol de Jalisco

Latino Traditional Dance & Mariachi Music

Artists explore the mystery, symbolism, and status of clothing in new exhibit at Rio Gallery

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums announces the opening of the exhibition Articles of Clothing at the Rio Gallery, located in the historic Rio Grande Depot in Salt Lake City.

Clothing is a phenomenon that permeates culture. It is often known as a second skin; it wraps the body in protection, mystery, symbolism, and status. It is utilitarian and decorative. Clothing can be both liberating and oppressive. This exhibition explores the notion of clothing as an extension contiguous to individual bodies and to collective bodies. Artists include, Von Allen, Daniel Barney, Jennifer Barton, Gary Barton, Fidalis Buehler, Brian Christensen, Jen Harmon Allen, Joseph Ostraff, and Sunny Taylor.

Executive Director Lynnette Hiskey says, “We’re excited to have this group of artists explore a theme that has rich potential for the connection between clothing, identity, and culture. The diversity in media, from ceramic, to paint, steel, and other mixed media make this a visually rich exhibition to explore.”

The Rio Gallery is located inside the Rio Grande Depot at 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City. The show runs from July 31-August 28th, 2015. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. An artist reception will be held on August 21st, 2015, from 6-9 p.m. for Gallery Stroll.

New exhibit at Alice Gallery investigates Utah’s flora and fauna

SALT LAKE CITY —The Utah Division of Arts & Museums announces “Flora+Fauna,” an exhibition on display at the Alice Gallery from July 17 – Sept. 11, 2015. The Alice Gallery is free and open to the public M – F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“Flora+Fauna” includes works from the State of Utah Fine Art Collection dating from the early 1900s to the present. The artworks include paintings, prints, sculptures, photography, mixed media, as well as works from the State of Utah’s Folk Art Collection. The exhibition also features several recent acquisitions that have never been on exhibition before.

While many of the works depict Utah landscapes, others explore collaged landscapes or unidentifiable places, some on the verge of abstraction. Fauna depicted in the exhibition takes on a variety of subjects, from Mormon crickets and brine flies at the Great Salt Lake to wild, domesticated, and agricultural species throughout varying regions. People are present in many of the images, indicating various human intersections within the environment, land and animals within a region – often telling a richer story about a particular locale or culture.

“We’re delighted to be able to continuously exhibit works from the collection belonging to the people of Utah. This exhibition spans over a century of work depicting a variety of landscapes with a broad interpretation of the natural world,” said Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey.

Artists include Donald Beauregard, Catherine Kuzminski, John Telford, Josh Winegar, Rose Howard Salisbury, Sam Wilson, V Douglas Snow, Tom Till, Patricia Kimball, and Henry Rasmusen, among others. For more information, please visit

Utah Division of Arts & Museums Seeks Designers for Competition & Exhibition

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Arts & Museums announces the call for entries for DesignArts Utah ’15, a juried exhibition highlighting the work of professional and student designers in any design field currently living in Utah. Randy J. Hunt, Creative Director with Etsy is this year’s juror. All entries for must be submitted by July 10, 2015.

This exhibition of selected designs runs Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 through Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 at the Rio Gallery located at 300 South Rio Grande (455 West) in Salt Lake City. A celebratory reception, in conjunction with Salt Lake Design Week and Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, will be between 6-9 pm on Oct.16, 2015. The designer selected as the Juror’s Award Winner will receive a $3,000 recognition and thank you award for the achievement and contribution to Utah.

The juror, Rand J. Hunt, is Creative Director at Etsy, where he leads a team of designers creating the end-to-end experience, both online and off. Etsy is a global commerce platform empowering independent creative business in nearly every country in the world. In 2013, Etsy enabled over $1.3 billion dollars in sales by the Etsy community. Etsy was honored with the National Design Award in 2014. Hunt feels strongly that designers must be able to build what they design, a perspective that fits naturally with Etsy’s culture of making and the love of craftsmanship. Hunt co-founded Supermarket, a curated design marketplace. Previously, he founded Citizen Scholar Inc. and worked at Milton Glaser Inc. and Number 17. He writes and lectures about design and has been a visiting designer and critic at many colleges and universities. Hunt received his MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

DesignArts annual exhibitions feature selections of designs, prototypes, and produced samples by designers in Utah’s various design fields. Designers may submit produced work or conceptual, pre-production documentation. All Utah designers, including those in the fields of architecture (landscape or structural and community planning and design (urban and rural); as well as those in brand/packaging, display, fashion, furniture, graphic, industrial, interior, lighting, theatre or film set, transportation, web design or other design fields; are invited to participate. Entries may be submitted online or via CD/DVD to the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Design Arts Program, 300 S. Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101 by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 10, 2015.

Further information, including entry forms and instructions, is available online at If you

have questions about the DesignArts Utah ’15 entries, or the exhibition, contact Jim Glenn at or at 801.245.7271.

Grant Forms

Utah Arts & Museums awards over $1 Million dollars in grants every year to support and assist arts organizations, cultural organizations, and museums across the state of Utah. Grant opportunities are available for schools and educators, nonprofit organizations, local arts agencies/municipalities, and artists. Grant funding is provided by the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts. Grants are competitive and panel-reviewed. Bring us your great ideas!

Grant opportunities are available for schools and educators, nonprofit organizations, local arts agencies/municipalities and artists. All grant applications must be submitted online. Registration is required to access grant applications and can be completed online at any time.

New to our online grants system? Call or email to request a new user profile, Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager, at (801)236-7550 or or Racquel Cornali, Community Arts Coordinator, at (801)236-7541 or

Final Reports are due August 1st

To fill out your final report, please return to the website where you applied for the grant,  Your username is your email address and if you have forgotten your password, you can have a temporary password sent to you from the site. Once on the site, select “UPDATE”, then click on the application for the grant you applied for. There you can select “NEW FINAL REPORT” where you will fill it out and submit it online.

Funding History

Office of Museum Services and Utah Arts Council Board-Approved Grants – FY14

Office of Museum Services and Utah Arts Council Board-Approved Grants – FY15

Applying for Grants?

Visit to access your online application. Please make sure to view the grant guidelines prior to starting your online application to ensure eligibility.

DUNS Number

All applicants are required to have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, a unique nine-digit identification number provided by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and required for all applicants for federal grants and cooperative agreements. DUNS numbers are required for our regional and federal reports and help us track Utah’s creative vitality. Obtaining a DUNS number is absolutely free for all entities securing the number to apply for grants. In any correspondence with D&B, be sure to identify yourself as a grant applicant. For a downloadable .pdf on applying for a DUNS number, click HERE.

Grant Budget Forms

Please download the appropriate budget form when applying for Utah Arts & Museums grants.

General Operating Grant Budget Form

Project Grant Budget Form

For the Arts Education Artist-in-Residence and Arts Education Project budget forms, click HERE.

Utah Museums State 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 have trouble opening the worksheet, please make certain that you have the latest version of Adobe Reader

State Performance Goals

State Performance Goals Worksheet

Evaluation Forms

Successful applicants must submit a final report to Utah Arts & Museums no later than August 1. To access the final report, log in to the online grants portal at, select “update,” and click on the document icon to the far right of the grant name.

The submitted final report will be considered by the panel as part of your next application.

For the Arts Education FY15 grant report forms, click HERE.

Fiscal Sponsorship

A fiscal sponsor can make it possible for an organization to apply for grants without having its own 501(c)(3) designation. Fiscal Sponsor Rules.

Charitable Solicitation Permit

Nearly all nonprofit organizations must register with the Division of Consumer Protection. Visit to learn more about this registration requirement. Some educational and religious organizations may be exempt from this requirement. The state cannot authorize payments to an organization without a Charitable Solicitations Permit unless the organization is exempt from the registration requirement. Applicant organizations unsure of their permit status should consult the Division of Consumer Protection or legal counsel.


Contact Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager, at or 801.236.7550 or
Racquel Cornali, Community Arts Coordinator, at or 801-236-7541.

Office Partnership Grants

The mission of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums is to connect people and communities of Utah through arts and museums. By creating strategic partnerships with Utah-based nonprofit organizations that have complementary missions and resources, Utah Arts & Museums can more efficiently and effectively provide services for Utah art and museum organizations. The purpose of Office Partnership Grants is to leverage funding to provide training, networking, centralized marketing, professional development, technical assistance, model programs, or unique educational resources. Office Partnership Grants will be given to organizations that offer areas of expertise or services that can be mutually beneficial to UA&M constituents, enhance program offerings, serve as hosts for programs, increase community outreach, or advance the UA&M mission. The nature of these partnerships must be unique and outside of the scope of all other UA&M grant opportunities.

Because these are partnership grants, the grant application must be crafted with a Utah Arts & Museums staff member and must contain mutually agreed upon goals and measurements. If you have questions about the Office Partnership Grant, you may contact the Utah Arts & Museums Grants Manager, 801-236-7550.

FY16 Office Partnership Grants Guidelines

Funding Range: up to $20,000