The community Arts team works with artists, professionals, community leaders, local arts councils, museums and municipalities to promote and expand arts and culture in Utah through training, technical assistance, networking events and conferences.
Professional Development Funding Opportunity
The Community Arts Program provides funding support for arts organization’s staff, board members, or volunteers to attend relevant conferences or trainings. These conferences/trainings provide opportunities for organizations to expand their skill sets and network with other arts and non-arts organizations.
Change Leaders make up an active network of graduates from a three-day intensive professional development course. Participants receive instruction on assessing environments as well as the communication and facilitation skills necessary to implement change. Change Leaders share a commitment to creative community-building and lead quick turnaround projects called Random Acts of Art.
Local Arts Councils work to foster and support the arts in their communities. Whether they take the form of councils, boards, committees, government entities or nonprofit organizations, they are at the heart of community arts participation and play an important role in advocating, encouraging and developing arts and cultural awareness. They frequently interface with local government, acting as a critical resource for community-building and raising the quality of life. Some have formalized this status with a Designated Local Arts Agency Agreement with their municipality.
See a list of Local Arts Councils in Utah.
Utah Arts & Museums offers several grants for nonprofits, artists, schools, local arts agencies, and educators with funding from the Utah State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. Grant funding is competitive and panel reviewed.
Arts & Humanities Month – October
National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. Since 1985, the month of October has been designated to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts.
Creative Communities Initiative
Creative Communities is not currently funded by the Utah Legislature.
The Creative Communities Initiative supports innovative connections between culture, art, community building, civic engagement, community planning and use of public space for enhancement of economic opportunities and quality of life in Utah’s communities.
These grants serve as catalysts for innovative community partnerships and civic dialogue on creative economic development and provide matching funds to implement projects to that end. A unique aspect of the program is the leadership-driven component. Project leaders are trained with facilitation skills to create civic dialogue and leverage critical support from the community. After the project is completed, these leaders continue to be a valuable professional resource for the community. Contact Jason Bowcutt at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Creative Communities Initiative.