The Utah Arts Council Board of Directors, the Utah Cultural Alliance, and Friends of Art Works for Kids! presentthe third annual Arts Day on the Hill in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with your legislators and let them know why the arts matter to you.
We encourage you to reach out to your legislators now and introduce yourself before the session begins. Let them know you’ll be coming to the Capitol on February 4th and you hope to meet with them. Click here to find your legislator.
Thirty-five museums joined the Utah Museums Association and the Office of Museum Services Board of Directors for Museums Advocacy Day on Thursday, February 28, 2013 in the Utah State Capitol Rotunda.
Mark your calendars for Museums Advocacy Day: February 25, 2014
Thanks to everyone who participated and took the opportunity to meet with their state representatives. Plan to join us in 2014. You do not need to have any special training or prior experience to participate. Utah Arts & Museums grant recipients may use this activity in lieu of the required legislative thank-you letter.
Here’s what some participants from Museums Advocacy Day 2013 had to say…
In 1899, State Representative Alice Merrill Horne sponsored a bill to create a state arts organization and establish a state collection of artwork. In honor of that sponsorship, the collection was named the “Alice Art Collection.” The continued acquisition of artwork by Utah artists comes from purchases selected by the Collection Acquisition Committee and generous donations from patrons and artists.Image: Helen, Lee Greene Richards, oil on canvas, 1911
Folk Arts Collection
The only state museum of its kind in the country, the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts has become the place where traditional art and artists from Utah’s ethnic, native, occupational and rural communities share their craft, music and dance with their own communities, their Utah neighbors and with tourists from around the world.Image: Home of the Butterflies Basket, Mary Holiday Black, 1995
Public Art Collection
In 1985, the Legislature passed the Utah Percent-for-Art Act, 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. There are over 200 pieces in the Utah Public Art Collection, including a broad range of media from textiles and glass to stone and metal monumental works.Image: Rainbow Cloud, Frank Nockos, aluminum and pigment, 1994; Located at the Utah State Hospital Adult Psychiatric Facility in Provo
Traveling Exhibit Collection
The Traveling Exhibits Program (TEP), sponsored by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, is a collaborative partnership with museums, colleges, university and community galleries, arts and cultural centers, libraries and schools in the State of Utah. This program brings the collections and resources of the Division and special exhibits provided by various organizations to you and your community.Image: From the Hills, Sandy Brunvand, Saltgrass Printmakers
We store two art collections: one is made up of artwork that we’ve purchased or that has been gifted to us. The other is made up of artwork we’ve traveled or displayed over the years. Some of these pieces we’ve had for one year, some for ten. Even after numerous attempts to track down the artists, they have yet to be picked up by their owner. Some of the pieces have lost their labels. Regardless, we don’t know to whom they belong. Can you help us identify the owners of this unclaimed art?
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