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Utah Arts & Museums Grants

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!

Please note NEW grant deadlines. Awards will be announced for Museum Grants, Sustainability, and Local Arts Agency grants by the end of May, 2015.

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 at (801)236-7550 or or David at (801)236-7547 or


For additional information and guidelines, please click on the links below.



Educators & Schools


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 tutorial 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.


Contact Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager, at or 801.236.7550  or David Wicai, Support Services, at or 801-236-7547

Mountain West Arts Conference

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 W. 3100 S. West Valley City

The Mountain West Arts Conference is designed to help individuals and organizations in the arts community access essential resources and create community connections throughout Utah and the Mountain West. It is also part of a long-term effort to sustain the creative industry by providing opportunities, education, tools, information and resources that serve all contributors to the arts. Post-conference resources from the 2014 Mountain West Arts Conference.

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Governor’s Awards Luncheon Only – STILL AVAILABLE

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Morning Keynote – Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts

Chairman Jane ChuJane Chu has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June 2014 as the 11th chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Since 2006, Chu served as the president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, overseeing a $413-million campaign to build the center. As the performance home of the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Kauffman Center has hosted more than one million people from all 50 states and countries throughout the world since its grand opening in September 2011.
Art Works Blog – Catching Up with #NEAJaneChu

  • “The arts belong to us all, and there is a menu of options of ways to be involved in the arts. That’s what’s so great about the arts.” – Jane Chu
Afternoon Keynote – Thierry Fischer, Conductor; Utah Symphony Music Director

Thierry Fischer 2Thierry Fischer recently renewed his contract as Music Director of the Utah Symphony Orchestra to a 10-year term, thanks to his vibrancy, commitment and energy. He has attracted leading young musicians to join the orchestra and top soloists to come to Utah, has refreshed the programming, drawn consistently full houses, and galvanized community support.
Video – Importance of Chemistry with the Utah Symphony

  • “He conducts with both clarity and passion…Utah is lucky to have this conductor” – Chicago Sun Times, July 2013.

 Thank you to our Conference Sponsors

Support for student and educator scholarships
Support for individual artist scholarships

Scholarship Opportunities

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Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

The Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards are presented annually in conjunction with the Mountain West Arts Conference. The awards recognize those qualities that advance the arts for the people and communities in our state and are Utah’s highest honor in the arts.

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

  • Plan-B Theatre Company – Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
  • Carrie TrenholmEducation Leadership in the Arts Award
  • Epicenter – Local Arts Agency Leadership in the Arts Award
  • Kathy Cieslewicz – Individual Leadership in the Arts Award

Sponsorship – Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

Sponsor a table at the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards luncheon to help us keep this conference affordable for Utah’s arts community.

We gratefully acknowledge the table sponsors for the
2015 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

Arts Benefactor

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Kimball Art Center

Plan-B Theatre Company

Salt Lake Acting Company

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UVU School of the Arts

WSU Telitha E Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities

Arts Supporter

Cache Valley Center for the Arts

Equitable Life & Casualty Insurance Company

Nonprofit Academy for Excellence at the University of Utah

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Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre

Utah State Poetry Society

Zions Bank

Media Sponsors





Contact Laura Durham, or 801.236.7553 for information about media sponsorship.


Contact Jason Bowcutt, or call 801.236.7554


Our museum services’ mission is to advance the value of museums within Utah and to enable the broadest physical, intellectual and emotional access to collections and programs.

Legal Issues for Small Museums

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.

Registration fees are based on your yearly operational budget. Click here to register.

A limited number of scholarships that cover lodging, meals and travel are available. Please see the scholarship guidelines here.

Scholarship applications are due to on May 15th, 2015. 

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.

Find a Museum

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

Public Art

Public art is most commonly associated with a sculpture or painting in areas accessible or visible to the public, but it can and does go well beyond those media. Terrazzo floors, etched glass, ceiling panels, textiles, stair railings, risers, pavers, planters, landscape, fences and grates are just some of the possibilities for public art contributions to public spaces. The possibilities are as vast as the imaginations of artists and architects.

Utah’s Percent-for-Art Act

In 1985, the Legislature passed the Utah Percent-for-Art Act (Utah Code Title 9, Chapter 6, Sections 401-409), which designates 1% of construction costs of new and/or renovated state public buildings is added to the project for the purpose of commissioning, maintaining and conserving site specific art at, on, or in the facility. The collection includes a broad range of media from textiles and glass to stone and metal monumental works.

Utah Public Art Program Opportunities

  • Utah State University – Brigham City –  requesting qualifications from artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site specific artwork(s) for the inaugural project on the new campus of Utah State University in Brigham City, Utah.  This new building is designed to be unique, iconic, and timeless in order to serve as one of the community cornerstones, and the front entrance to new future campus. This community and site are at the confluence of a series of fascinating historical, cultural, agricultural, and geological features that served as great ingredients for the development of the project design.
    Budget: $62,500 – Deadline: May 22, 2015

The Utah State Legislature Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee reviews all capital projects for the State and approves or cuts public art funding for those projects. If you would like to contact the legislators on the committee to express your views on art in public places, the committee membership and committee schedule and contact information can be found online.

Projects in Process

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

  • Salt Lake County, requests a letter of interest and qualifications from artists both local and national, working in a variety of media who are interested in participating in an open competition for exterior works of public art at the Calvin R. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
    Deadline: May 5, 2015 – Budget: $150,000

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center seeks artwork for three (3) distinct sites—two exterior and one interior. They are looking for art that will humanize the cancer center’s environment, as well as celebrate and honor the mission and industry of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.
  • Budget: $362,000 -  Deadline: April 15, 2015
  • The City of Overland Park, KS is accepting proposals for a public art project. Seeking an artist or artists to install two installations on each of two roundabouts within a high profile mixed use development. The two locations are traffic island roundabouts. Both sites require proposals that can be appreciated in not only 360 degrees but in all light conditions and all seasons.
    Budget: $200,000 – Deadline: April 15, 2015
  • An arts inclusion for Rowan University’s new College of Engineering addition in collaboration with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Under the bridge, a new pedestrian plaza with outdoor seating is created between the two buildings. The plaza not only links Rowan Hall to the New Engineering Building across the roadway, but also provides a greatly enhanced entranced to the Engineering Complex.
    Budget: $80,000 – Deadline: April 23, 2105
  • Bringing Tap Back public art project in Chattanooga, TN has a request for proposals. Public Art Chattanooga and the Tennessee Clean Water Network are seeking proposals for original two-dimensional designs that will be printed and installed (wrapped) on eight new outdoor water bottle refill stations. Fabrication and installation of the art wraps will not be the responsibility of the artist.
    Budget: $2,500 – Deadline: April 30, 2015
  • CODAworks has a request for proposal for the Rotary Centennial Project in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The opportunity is for a signature installation along the Mississippi riverfront.  Experienced artists, architects, landscape artists, and designers in the US and Canada are invited to submit.
    Budget: $340,000 – Deadline: April 30, 2105

  • Fort Worth Public Art (FWPA) seeks exceptional Local and National artists working in a variety of visual media for the 2015 Pre-Qualified List of Public Artists. This list will be the primary source for artist selection for upcoming public art projects.
    Deadline: May 7, 2015 
  • The University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa is issuing this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from artists, artist teams or artist representatives to submit their qualifications for the creation of artwork for permanent installation at the Seamans Center South Annex.
    Budget: $165,000 – Deadline: May 11, 2015
  • NuLu Art 16 and the NuLu Business Association (NBA) is seeking artists for projects that will be part of the future East Market Streetscape in Louisville, Kentucky. A call to artists is open to artists from a broad range of media, and will be used to generate pools of artists who will be selected to compete for specific projects in the future.
    Budget: $25000 to $250000 – Deadline: May 11, 2105 
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport  –  Establishing a strong mood and narrative thread is the overall design intent for the North Satellite, requiring architecture and art to interweave.
    Budget: Two at $ 350,000 each  AND Two at $30,000 each 
    Deadline: May 14, 2015 

  • Elevate 2015  the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs in Atlanta, is seeking creative and innovative proposals for public art projects to exhibit in downtown Atlanta during the month of October 2015. We welcome local, regional, national and international submissions for projects that consider the city of Atlanta as a muse. Artists working in a variety of mediums are encouraged to apply. Projects may include, but are not limited to: murals, site-specific installations, film, performance art, music, etc.
    Budget: $1,000 to $10,000 – Deadline: May 15, 2105 
  • The City of Tampa is seeking bold, innovative and engaging public art projects for its largest event park in downtown Tampa, Julian B. Lane Park. All artists who work with sustainable materials are encouraged to apply.
    Budget: up to $900,000 combined – Deadline: Friday, May 15th 
  • The Texas Tech University System, Lubbock Texas, seeks to commission a professional artist(s) to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside of the Rawls College of Business building addition.Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
    Budget: $142,000 – Deadline: May 19, 2015, 3 p.m. (Central)
  • Edmonton, Alberta – The North East Transit Garage public art competition is open to all Local, National and International professional artists, and is held in accordance with the City of Edmonton policy “Percent for Art to Provide and Encourage Art in Public Areas”
    Budget: $1,000,000 CAD (all inclusive)  – Deadline: 4:30 pm, Tuesday, May 19, 2015
  • Artists are invited to apply for a commission in Jeffersonville, Indiana, to create a family of permanent, outdoor, sculptural lighting artworks adjacent to City Hall, the Clark Memorial Hospital and the Claysburg Neighborhood.
    Budget: $55,000 – Deadline: May 22, 2015

  • Mather School Green Space Improvement Project in Dorchester
    Eligibility: Preference will be given to local and regional applications. This exciting Green Space Improvement Project will result in the creation of a permanent public art installation with surrounding landscape improvements.
    Budget: $200,000 – Deadline: May 22, 2015 at 1:59pm EST
  • The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), working with the Chicago Public Library, invites professional artists to submit their interest in a public art commission for the new Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library.
    Budget: $44,335 – Deadline: June 14, 2015
  • Philadelphia’s Public Art Program invites artists to submit an application with the Public Art Artist Registry. The registry allows artists to participate in all selection processes by maintaining a record of their work that will be consulted by Public art staff, panelists, architects, and City agencies as public art opportunities become available. The registry is open to all professional artists.
    Deadline: Ongoing


Contact Jim Glenn at or 801.245.7271 or Felicia Baca at or 801.245.7272

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Literary Arts

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums has been supporting Utah’s literary community for more than 50 years. The Utah Original Writing Competition began in 1958 and has since expanded to other offerings. Through readings, conferences and workshops offered throughout Utah, as well as support for professional development for writers, the Literary Arts program has been able to reinforce growth and interest across all literary genres.

Bite-Size Poetry

We’ve invited notable Utah poets to recite short poems they’ve written. Our friends at TWIG Media Lab have created videos of the readings. We’re releasing one a month throughout 2015. Enjoy!

Bite-Size Poetry for April 2015: Brock Dethier

To see more videos of past Bite-Size Poets, please visit our YouTube channel.

Poet Laureate

Utah initiated its Poet Laureate program in 1997. The Poet Laureate is a Governor-appointed advocate for literature and the arts throughout the state. The Poet Laureate is available for readings at public events and in venues including libraries, universities and schools. To have the Poet Laureate visit you, please fill out the Poet Laureate appearance request form.

April is National Poetry Month
Each April, the Poet Laureate leads several discussions throughout Utah. Watch for announcements of events in early spring.

Literary Resources

Utah is home to a rich and diverse writing community. Throughout the state, there are several literary journals and magazines (both print and electronic), conferences, competitions, awards, festivals and presses. These range from independent to university- and college-sponsored periodicals, events and workshops, and include content in all literary genres, often paired with visual arts. Additionally, audiences for each range from local to national and from secular to religious, and are inclusive of experienced and emerging writers alike. For a list of resources, click HERE. You may also sign up for our monthly LitOps newsletter by contacting Alyssa Hickman Grove at


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Poetry Out Loud
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with Utah Arts & Museums’ Literature Program to support Poetry Out Loud, which encourages Utah’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. State arts agencies receiving arts education funding from NEA are required to participate.

Original Writing Competition
The annual Original Writing Competition has won national respect because of the reputation of its judges and the honors received by its winners. For more than 50 years, this competition has honored some of Utah’s finest writers with public recognition, career assistance and cash prizes.

Download an information sheet on the Literary Arts program.

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