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Utah Arts & Humanities Month

Utah Humanities and Utah Division of Arts and Museums Join Forces to Celebrate 50 Years of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.

In 2014, President Obama declared October National Arts & Humanities month and said, “America has flourished because of the creative spirit and vision of our people. Our Nation is built on the freedom of expression, and we rely on the arts and humanities to broaden our views and remind us of the truths that connect us. By capturing our greatest hopes and deepest fears, the arts and humanities play an important role in telling our country’s story and broadening our understanding of the world.”

In 2015, in celebration of the 50th anniversaries of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, Utah joins many states in recognizing the value both the humanities and the arts bring to our communities. As we acknowledge the impact they have on the lives we enjoy, we invite you to join us in showing your love for arts and humanities. Whether attending an event such as this, starting a discussion group, or writing your own piece of music or poetry, remember to stop and ponder the things that make life worth living.


Utah Humanities Quick Grant Opportunity

If you or your organization has an event scheduled during the month of October that incorporates both the arts and humanities, there is a unique opportunity to apply for a $500 Quick Grant to help cover the cost of the event.

Arts & Humanities Month grants have closed as of Friday, August 14, 2015.

For additional information, contact Jodi Graham at graham@utahhumanities.org or 801.359.9670 x105.

Rio Gallery

Located in the grand lobby of the old Rio Grande Depot, the Rio Gallery was established as a service to Utah artists, providing a free venue for emerging as well as established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue.

Currently at the Rio Gallery:

“Articles of Clothing”

July 31 – August 28, 2015

An artist reception will be held on Friday, August 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. for
Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

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.

Location & Hours

Rio Grande Depot, 300 South Rio Grande Street (455 West), Salt Lake City; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

Thr Rio Grande Depot will be open every other Saturday from 10-2pm for Winter Market beginning November 8-April, 2015

Click HERE for information about the Art-o-mat.

Proposals for Rio Gallery Exhibitions

Proposals for exhibitions in January-July of 2016 will be accepted August 1-September 1, 2015. Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.

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Questions?

Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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Alice Gallery

The Alice Gallery is located at the historic Glendinning Mansion in Salt Lake City, which also houses the main offices of Utah Arts & Museums. The gallery is named after Alice Merrill Horne, a legislator who supported the arts and founded the Utah Arts Council in 1899.

This gallery hosts exhibitions by Utah artists and works from the State Fine Art Collection and was established as a service to Utah artists, providing a free venue for emerging as well as established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue.

“Flora + Fauna”

July 17 – Sept. 11, 2015

“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.

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.

Location & Hours

Glendinning Home, 617 East South Temple, Salt Lake City
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday; Closed Saturday – Sunday

Proposals for Exhibitions

Proposals for exhibitions in January-July of 2016 will be accepted August 1-September 1, 2015. Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.

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Download Alice Gallery floorplans.

Questions?

Contact the Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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Arts Ed & Learning

Arts education and learning are vital to the development of creative, well-rounded, independent thinkers. An ideal arts education curriculum for children and youth consists of the literary arts, dance, folk arts, theater, music, storytelling, media and visual arts in ongoing, sequential instruction from kindergarten through grade 12. Outside the classroom, arts learning takes place in after-school and community settings. Through arts education and learning, we aid in the nurturing of intelligent, capable, compassionate individuals who will be tomorrow’s artists, arts patrons, innovators, and creatives.


Opportunities

Grants
Three grant categories are offered to educators, schools and school districts in the area of arts education. To download guidelines and online application instructions, please click on the name of each grant.

  • Arts-in-Residence, in which schools and school districts are awarded an amount to bring in an artist for a two-week, three-week, or four-week residency.
  • Arts Education Projects, in which an amount is awarded to a school or school district to bring in artists and/or artistic companies for a project that may address a comprehensive theme, integrate with additional core subjects, extend throughout the year, include community partners or support innovative professional development for educators.
  • Arts Ed TIP Grant Guidelines FY16, in which an artist works one-on-one with a teacher to instruct the teacher in a specific art form. The emphasis is on the teacher’s growth in knowledge and skills in an art form of his/her choice. This experience does not require the teacher to apply this in the classroom; it supports personal growth in the arts.
  • Utah PTA Arts Education Grants, for first-time applicants. UDAM will work with the Utah PTA to award grants up to $500 for art programs in Utah schools sponsored by individual PTA units. These funds will match those the local PTA provides for enhancing art programs for students. More information to follow.

Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program
Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program LogoThe Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Art Works for Kids!, the Utah State Office of Education, and the Utah Parent Teacher Association, the Utah Arts Education Partnership (UAEP) is an operating alliance for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP). This continuing  initiative, funded by the Utah Legislature, integrates quality arts education into the curriculum of Utah elementary schoolchildren by: funding the salaries of arts specialists to work side-by-side with classroom teachers and district arts coordinators to provide curriculum support and administrative coordination; promoting partnerships with universities to offer pre-service and professional development training; and providing one-time money to purchase equipment and art materials. The BTSALP is administered through the Utah State Office of Education.

Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud LogoThe National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Literature Program to support Poetry Out Loud, and 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.

Utah State Senate Visual Arts Scholarship Competition 
This project is sponsored by Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and the Utah State Senate in an effort to challenge Utah students in grades 9-12 to view the world artistically and express their creativity. In addition, the Utah Senate will reward outstanding students with scholarships to support their college and career goals. The competition is being administered by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. Deadline: November 13, 2015. Carefully review guidelines before submitting application at https://artseducationprogram-utahartsmuseums.submittable.com/submit


Resources

Arts education offers many connections to resources for professional development offered through universities, school districts, arts companies and organizations of arts professionals. We also highlight links to toolkits, lesson plans, curriculum development and funding to help you strengthen your school arts programs.

Click HERE to access a statewide professional development calendar.

Click HERE to access “Arts Education for America’s Students: A Shared Endeavor,” a joint statement that asserts the importance of high-quality arts education. The statement urges public policy leaders to provide a systemic and rigorous arts education for all students by leveraging the expertise and experience of multiple partners, including certified arts educators, certified non-arts educators and community arts providers.

Teaching Artist Profiles

The artists on the Teaching Artist Roster represent creative writing,  dance,  folk, ethnic and traditional arts,  media arts, music, theatre, storytelling, and visual arts. All artists on this roster have been officially approved by peer panels for artistic and educational excellence, and the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. Click HERE to find out more information about applying for the Teaching Artist Roster.

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Technical Assistance Outreach

Our staff is happy to provide technical assistance to schools and organizations interested in applying for grant funding, developing arts education plans for their sites, identifying potential artists, locating resources, and obtaining guidance on how to inform stakeholders about the importance of arts education. Please call 801.236.7557 to schedule an appointment.

Traveling Exhibitions Program

Traveling exhibitions are a collaborative partnership with Utah museums, colleges, university and community galleries, arts and cultural centers, libraries and schools. These exhibitions are taken on tour around the state with accompanying educational materials. The exhibitions provide public access to quality visual arts, nurture understanding of diverse art forms and cultures, and promote creativity and encourage cultural activities in local communities. Exhibitions are available to schools, colleges, museums, libraries, and community and cultural centers in Utah.

Download an information sheet on the Arts Education program.

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 August 2015: Jon Sebba

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.

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 e-newsletter by contacting Alyssa Hickman Grove at agrove@utah.gov .

Competitions

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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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