Utah State History’s annual awards recognize individuals and groups who have made a significant contribution to history, prehistory or historic preservation in the state of Utah. Whether these efforts on behalf of the past are quiet or prominent, they benefit the state’s citizens in tangible and intangible ways. Utah State History therefore invites nominations of persons or organizations who have given extraordinary service or completed outstanding projects.
All projects must be completed within the past two years prior to nomination. Organizational nominations should include description of organization, mission, and programs. Documentation should accompany the form and should include a minimum of two letters of support, photos of project, exhibits, or visual arts, or copies of articles, books, videos, or scripts.
Nominations are due by May 30, 2014. All award applications and documentation will be reviewed by State History staff. Management team will send summary and recommendations to the Board of State History for final selection of award winners. Awards will be presented at the 62nd Annual Utah State History Conference, to be held September 25-27, 2014.
Each year the Utah State Historical Society recognizes the best books published on Utah history during the previous year with two awards. We present the awards in September at our annual conference. A book awards committee, appointed by the Utah Board of State History, selects the winners.
The Francis Armstrong Madsen Best Utah History Award, funded by the Madsen family in honor of Francis Armstrong Madsen, is made to the author of the best Utah history book published during 2013.
Smith-Pettit Foundation Best Documentary Book in Utah History Award, funded by the Smith-Pettit Foundation, is made to the editor of the best Utah documentary history book published during 2013.
Submission Six copies of books nominated for either award must be submitted by March l, 2014. Publishers usually make the nominations and provide the books. Send books and contact information for the publisher and author/editor to:
Dr. Holly George
Utah State Historical Society
300 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101-1182
The MWAC is designed to help individuals and organizations in the creative industries access essential resources and create community connections. The design for this year’s conference features a detail of the painting Float, by Sunny Belliston Taylor, purchased by Utah Arts & Museums in 2013 for the State Fine Art Collection.
“Stop Rearranging Deck Chairs: Building Sustainable ‘Mission Models’ for the Arts”
For decades, portents of a dire future have haunted nonprofit cultural institutions struggling to weather increasing economic difficulties and survive in a rapidly changing society. But, like the public reaction to warnings of global climate change, on the whole, the arts industry’s response to growing challenges has been limited. Our mental models of the relationship between the arts and society and of the nature of arts organizations are so deep-seated, so internalized that they remain fundamentally unchanged. As a result, many, if not most, efforts to change are closer in nature to rearranging deck chairs than re-engineering the vessel to make it more seaworthy.
Much discussion has taken place recently about the need for revised business models in the arts. While business models are important, the real issue that needs to be addressed is a deeper one. Arguably, re-evaluating our “mission model” is even more critical than finding the right business model. For the arts industry to survive, a fundamental, mission-level change to a true focus on and relationship with the broad community is essential.
Scholarships for Individual Artists Thanks to the generous support of Diane Stewart, we are pleased to announce scholarship support for individual artists to attend the conference. Preference will be given to first-time attendees. Individual Artists Flyer
Scholarships for Students and Educators Thanks to the generous support of art works for kids!, we are pleased to announce a scholarship program encouraging educators and students to attend the conference. Preference will be given to first-time attendees. Student Flyer – Educator Flyer
Scholarships for Local Arts Agencies Scholarships are available to help send representatives from local arts agencies to the conference. Preference will be given to rural organizations and first-time attendees.
Contact Hilary Amnah, firstname.lastname@example.org, 801-236-7544 for more information.
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.
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