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Change Leader

“The future of civilization as we know it depends upon our ability to respond effectively to change.”
-Scott G. Isakson, Author

The Change Leader Program is a professional development course with an active network of course graduates. Participants attend a three-day institute with instruction on assessing environments and the communication and facilitation skills necessary to implement change. Following the institute, Change Leaders practice these skills by completing a certification project. These certified Change Leaders form a network of leaders that share a common language, mentor each other, and convene through leadership circles and conferences.


Change Leader Conferences are held every six months to provide networking and high-level educational opportunities for the nearly 200 Change Leaders who have been through the Institute. The conference includes a ceremony in which new Change Leaders present their projects and receive certificates of completion signed by the Governor. Contact Hilary Amnah at or 801.236.7544 for more information.

Spring Change Leader Conference

  • May 4, 2016, West Valley City (in conjunction with the Mountain West Arts Conference)

Fall Change Leader Conference

  • October 6-7, 2016 – Location TBA


IMG_4703The Change Leader Institute is a professional development course that addresses leadership issues in relation to leading change. Our goals are to better equip arts and cultural leaders to deal with environmental and organizational change, and also to create a statewide mentoring network in the arts and cultural community. Contact Jason Bowcutt at or 801.236.7554 for more information.

Upcoming Change Leader Institutes

**Please note that there is currently a wait-list for the Change Leader Institute. Submit an application to be placed on the wait-list.

Certification Projects

To complete their training, Change Leaders design a project, applying the concepts they learned in the Institute. After examining their environment to identify a need, they plan a response, engage others, identify resources, negotiate, honor resistance, adjust plans as necessary and implement change.  Each certification project is unique.

Leadership Circles

Change Leader Leadership Circles are networking meetings that take place throughout the state. Change Leaders gather to exchange ideas and information, and to receive state and national arts updates.

Summer 2015 (dates are subject to change)

  • July 21: Logan
  • July 30: Provo
  • August 18: Ogden
  • August 26: Cedar City
  • August 27: St. George
  • August 28: Kanab
  • September 17: Gunnison
  • September 30: Salt Lake City
  • November 19: Moab
  • December 15: Roosevelt

Change Leader Random Acts of Art

Memory Care Project for webChange Leader Random Acts of Art encourage creative engagement in communities, spearheaded by Change Leaders. RAAs can range from art projects to targeted community-based activities. This program provides funding for the following purposes:

  • Support local civic engagement using arts as a medium and/or artists as active participants.
  • Illustrate the impact of arts and artists in meeting social or community needs/opportunities through small projects that are not part of regular programming.
  • Assist Change Leaders in building value and increasing connections within their respective communities.
  • Strengthen and raise awareness of the arts and the Change Leader network through media and public relations.

Click HERE to view the guidelines.

Download the final report form HERE.

To log in to the online application for this funding, Change Leaders can visit
Please note: The online grants system works best if viewed in Chrome or Firefox web browsers.

Certified Change Leaders

Click HERE to see a list of the Certified Change Leaders across Utah.

Download an information sheet on the Community Arts program.