For immediate release
29 June 2012
Geoffrey Fattah, 801.245.7205
Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Heritage and Arts
Community and Culture is now Heritage and Arts
More than just a name change
SALT LAKE CITY — On July 1 the Utah Department of Community and Culture will become the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts. But it’s more than just a name change.
Heritage and Arts will have a new focus on developing Utah’s creative industries, bringing Utah’s heritage into the digital age and using Utah’s growing diversity as a valuable resource.
“Creativity is growing in importance as a valuable element to the new economy,” said Executive Director Julie Fisher. “This change will allow us to better focus on developing Utah’s talents and cultural assets, as well as preserving our heritage and making it more available through digitization.”
Through its programs, DHA supports:
- Performing, visual and literary arts throughout Utah.
- Historic preservation, history research and digitizing documents, photographs and recordings.
- Support for Utah libraries, online library access, resources for the blind and ensuring library access to rural areas through Bookmobiles.
- Partnering with Utah’s minority communities through the Multicultural Commission on issues like education, health and public safety.
- Working with Utah’s Native American tribes on cultural preservation and issues important to Utah’s Native Americans.
- Supporting a network of statewide volunteer groups that serve Utah communities.
The change in department name and focus is the result of H.B. 139, which was passed by the Utah Legislature during the 2012 session. The purpose of the bill was to optimize government services by moving the Division of Housing and Community Development into the Department of Workforce Services, and relocating the Department of Heritage and Arts out of lease space and into a state-owned facility as a cost savings to the taxpayer.
About the Department of Heritage and Arts
DHA’s mission is to enrich the quality of life for the people of Utah and nourish Utah’s economy. DHA creates, preserves, and promotes arts, heritage preservation and culture by offering a wide variety of programs through its six divisions: Utah State Library, Utah State History, Arts & Museums, Commission on Volunteers, Indian Affairs and Multicultural Affairs. By investing in Utah’s heritage, creative industries and diversity, DHA elevates Utah’s quality of life and contributes to Utah’s growing economy.