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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 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.

Fall Change Leader Conference

Announcing our workshop leader – Dan Chase MPA/Ph.D.

Dan ChaseDan Chase is originally from Laie, Hawaii and has been involved with leadership development in the public, private, and education sectors and is a partner/consultant at Actualized Performance Solutions (APS). He also currently serves as a Leadership Development Consultant for the State of Utah. He has presented as a keynote speaker for various public agencies and non-profit organizations across the country and has consulted with many public and private organizations, including management and executive coaching. He has been an adjunct faculty member for the Organizational and Leadership Strategy Department at BYU and the Communications Department and Woodbury School of Business at UVU and at the State of Utah’s Certified Public Manager Program. Dan earned an M.P.A. from BYU emphasizing in organizational behavior and HR and is currently a doctoral candidate (abd) at the University of Utah with a research emphasis on the organizational and public leadership of Abraham Lincoln. He and his wife, Annie, reside in Riverton, Utah and have two sons, Dallas and Eric, with a baby girl on the way.

Conference Details

DATE – October 6 – 7, 2016

We will begin on Thursday, October 6th in the afternoon and end on Friday, October 7th in the afternoon.

LOCATION – Snowbird (Little Cottonwood Canyon)

Please Note – To guarantee a room at the $100 discounted group rate, please make your reservation by Friday, September 9th. 

To make a reservation call 1-800-453-3000 or email you are a Change Leader with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. Snowbird will honor the $100 room rate through the night of Saturday, October 8th if you choose to stay and enjoy Oktoberfest.


To register and pay with a credit card follow this link.

To pay by check, make it out to Utah Division of Arts & Museums and mail to:
Change Leader 617 E South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84102 – please note on check payment for CL Conference.

Registration covers dinner on Thursday as well as breakfast and lunch on Friday.


The 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.

You can access the Institute application here.

For more information on the Change Leader program contact Hilary Amnah at or call 801-236-7544.

Upcoming Change Leader Institutes

  • November 14-16, 2016
    Red Cliffs Lodge, Moab

**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.

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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.

This past year we used the Leadership Circle as a book group and reviewed Simon Sinek’s Start With Why.

If you have a book suggestion for this year please contact Laurel Alder at

Locations and dates – In process, more information coming soon. All Leadership Circles will be held at 12:00 pm unless otherwise noted.

  • July 28 – Ogden, Nurture the Creative Mind (2501 Wall Avenue)
  • August 17 – Roosevelt, Crossroads Community Center (50 E 200 S)
  • August 23 – Orem, Woodbury Art Museum (575 University Mall #250)
  • August 30 – Logan, (location TBA, 9:00 am)

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.

Final Reports are now online! Access them 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.