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Utah Division of Arts & Museums Hosts Arts Advocacy Seminar with Jonathan Katz – 4 Nov 2015

SALT LAKE CITY— The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is hosting a free arts advocacy seminar by Jonathan Katz, former CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the Utah Opera Production Studios, 336 N 400 W, Salt Lake City, Utah.

This public presentation will introduce tools for working with elected officials and policy-makers for effective arts advocacy. Anyone with an interest in the arts is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Jonathan Katz, Ph.D., served from 1985 through 2014 as CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the association through which the nation’s 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies share knowledge and strategic thinking, develop leadership and professionalism, and advocate the value of the arts and culture. In that capacity, he co-founded the Arts Education Partnership (, the nation’s coalition of more than 100 organizations for the advancement of learning in the arts, and the Cultural Advocacy Group, which is the forum through which the national cultural service organizations of the United States develop their united federal agenda. Before then, he was awarded tenure as a full professor of public policy and administration at the University of Illinois at Springfield, where he directed the graduate arts administration program. He has directed the Kansas Arts Commission, The Children’s Museum of Denver, and he is proud that his support helped establish Poetry Out Loud, a partnership between the NEA, The Poetry Foundation and the state arts agencies that now engages 365,000 high school students in competitive recitation each year.

Katz will be in Utah to guide an arts education collective impact day for arts educators from Utah, and to serve as the keynote speaker for “The Learning Edge Conference” offered by The Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education & Schooling at the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University for Utah principals. The conference will focus on arts education.

Those interested in attending the advocacy event should register at: Please direct any questions about the event to Hilary Amnah, Community Arts Coordinator, 801.236.7544 or