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Thirteen Individuals Set Out to Lead Change in their Utah Communities – 18 May 2016

SALT LAKE CITY — On Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums recognized 13 certified graduates of the Change Leader Institute, an innovative leadership development program for people interested in advancing their communities through culture and the arts. The certified Change Leaders are:

Jenna Aldrich, Millard County 4-H (Fillmore)
Kim Angeli (Salt Lake City)
Julie Fisher, Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (Salt Lake City)
Nadra Haffar, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (Logan)
Amir Jackson, Nurture the Creative Mind (Ogden)
Nikki Koontz, Southern Utah University (Cedar City)
Jen Lopez, Clever Octopus (Salt Lake City)
Serah Mead, KZMU Moab Public Radio (Moab)
Una Pett, Utah Museum of Fine Arts (Salt Lake City)
Brian Powell, Utah Shakespeare Festival/SUU Arts Administration Program (Cedar City)
Margo Richards, Holladay Arts Council (Holladay)
Suzanne Walker, Midvale Arts Council (Midvale)
Mary Wells, Utah Calligraphic Artists (Ogden)

“The Change Leader network is enhancing Utah’s communities with exciting arts and cultural projects,” said Gay Cookson, Director of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. “We are delighted to welcome these newly-certified graduates to the growing network, and look forward to following their progress as they engage with their communities and fellow Change Leaders.”

Change Leaders acquire communication and community-building skills in a three-day intensive training course and then design and complete a certification project applying what they have learned. Once certified, participants join a network of more over 200 Change Leaders across Utah who regularly convene, partner on projects, mentor each other, and generate positive change.

Certification projects allow Change Leaders to utilize their training in a practical, individually meaningful way. Projects for this class of Change Leaders included:

  • Holding focus groups on how to best utilize Buskers in Salt Lake City
  • Implementing a community visioning program called the “Ogden Art Tank”
  • Trademarking Southern Utah University as the “University of Parks”
  • Creating a mobile creative re-use arts education organization
  • Facilitating conversations and programs around the feminist experience in Moab
  • Raising awareness of the calligraphic arts and a national calligraphy conference

For more information about the Change Leader Program or a list of certified Change Leaders, visitchangeleader.utah.gov or contact Hilary Amnah, Community Arts Coordinator, hamnah@utah.gov. Direct media inquiries to Josh Loftin, jloftin@utah.gov.