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Spike 150 Grant Opportunities

On May 10th, 1869, the Transcontinental Railroad was completed at Promontory Point in Northern Utah.  In recognition of the sesquicentennial of the 1869 Transcontinental Railroad’s completion in Utah, funding for railroad-related projects is now available through the Department of Heritage & Arts.

Three categories of grants are available:

  1. Spike 150 Cultural Celebration Grants – Funding for Utah arts, cultural, history, and humanities-based organizations, and local communities, to plan celebratory events, exhibits, festivals, performances, or programs around the sesquicentennial commemorating event.
    Guidelines  |  Online Application
  2. Railroad Depot Upgrade Grants – Funding for Utah historic railroad depots that serve as museums or visitor information centers in order to enhance the historic appearance and functionality of the railroad depot to support the Anniversary. Preference will be given to projects that contribute to the long-term maintenance and preservation of the historic railroad depot.
    Guidelines Online Application
  3. Local History Grants – Funding for Utah communities and organizations to include Transcontinental Railroad or general railroad history in their 2019 programming. These can include public education activities, exhibits, research, events, and presentations related to the topic of railroads in Utah.
    Guidelines  |  Online Application

Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, schools, local historical societies, arts and cultural organizations, museums, libraries, local governments, and others. Topics and subjects related to this event may include, but are not limited to: transportation, travel, industry, technology, infrastructure, innovation, immigrant & labor issues, impact on Indigenous peoples,  environmental issues, globalization, historical figures & stories, related geographic locales,Transcontinental Railroad routes, westward expansion, social & economic impacts, etc.

Grant funding is provided by the State of Utah. Grants are competitive and panel-reviewed. Grant applications are due August 3rd, 2018. Grantees will have between September 1, 2018-December 31, 2019 to complete their project.

For more information, please contact:
Racquel Cornali, 801-236-7541 or
rcornali@utah.gov
Rachel Cook, 801-715-6722 or rcook@utah.gov
Alena Franco, 801-245-7233 or afranco@utah.gov.


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Folk Arts Funding

Folk Arts Preservation Grant Guidelines
Folk Arts Cultural Preservation Grants assist individual artists, organizations, and cultural communities in the documentation, preservation, and presentation of traditional art forms. Funds up to: $1,500. Deadline for BOTH grants: September 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. MST

Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grant  Guidelines
Folk Arts Apprenticeship scholarships support master folk artists to work with an apprentice. Funds up to $3,000.
Apply Now  Guidelines-Preservation  Guidelines-Apprenticeship

OnStage In Utah

Competitive funding available to presenters to support a public performance as well as a separate community engagement activity.  Funding can be awarded for performances of in-state or out-of-state artists. Funding Range: 50% of artists fees up to $2,000.

Deadline: Friday, Jun 22, 2018 at 5:00 PM MST

 Guidelines       Budget       Apply Now

Spike 150 Exhibition

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*Please note that July 2nd is the deadline for artist ideas/proposals OR existing artworks.
Artist ideas/proposals are due July 2nd, with completed artworks due March 2019. 

On May 10th, 2019, the State of Utah and the Department of Heritage & Arts will commemorate the 150th anniversary marking the completion of the nation’s First Transcontinental Railroad. The joining of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads occurred at Promontory Summit, UT in 1869. As part of a host of Spike 150 activities aimed to inspire, educate, and reflect on this legacy, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums (UA&M), Rio Gallery (located in Salt Lake City), will be facilitating an exhibition March 22–June 14, 2019 on this topic. Funding is provided by the State of Utah, the Department of Heritage & Arts, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, and the Spike 150 Commission.

This exhibition will include both invited artists & artists accepted via an open call process, and will include a side-by-side curatorial mentorship with one invited mentee from the community. Artists both curated and selected from the open call, will be paid for participation. Proposals for new work, as well as existing works that relate to the topic, will be accepted. Additionally, funding has been set aside for the acquisition of a limited number of works of art from this exhibition into the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection. 

The history of the First Transcontinental Railroad and its legacy in Utah provides ample topics for exploration and representation. Topics and subjects related to this event may include, but are not limited to: transportation, travel, industry, technology, infrastructure, innovation, immigrant and labor issues, impact on Indigenous peoples,  environmental issues, globalization, historical figures & stories, related geographic locales, Transcontinental Railroad routes, westward expansion, social and economic impacts, etc. We welcome any and all aesthetic explorations that relate to the topic.

A World Transformed: the Transcontinental Railroad and Utah

This is exhibit will not start traveling until Feb 11th, 2019

May 10, 2019 will mark the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah. Utahans played a major role in the completion of the railroad through investment, surveying, and labor. Depending on your viewpoint, the railroad changed Utah for both good and ill, but everyone would agree that the railroad brought significant cultural, economic, and environmental changes. Utah became more connected both economically and culturally with the rest of the nation. Eastern goods could be shipped quickly and cheaply to Utah and Utah products had a market with the rest of the nation. The railroad also brought changes at a personal level. A difficult journey of three months from Omaha, Nebraska to Salt Lake City, now took three days. Loved ones separated by the great distances of the continent could be reunited and Mormon converts and missionaries had a much easier and quicker journey to and from Utah.

Utah State University and the Utah State Division of History have partnered to create an exhibit, A World Transformed: the Transcontinental Railroad and Utah, which shares the personal stories of the people who built it and those whose lives were forever changed in both big ways and small. A World Transformed is a smaller version of an exhibit that will be displayed from February to June 2019 in the Utah State Capitol. It draws upon the many rich historical resources held by different institutions across Utah including photographs, maps, art, and lithographs.  It consists of six stand-alone banners.

Resources

2018-2019 Traveling Schedule

Schedule coming soon

Utah Arts & Museums Recognizes 2018 Legislative Champions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Utah Division of Arts and Museums is pleased to inaugurate the Alice Merrill Horne Legislative Champion Award. This award acknowledges elected officials who initiate legislation to ensure Utah’s arts, culture, and heritage can thrive and grow. Alice Merrill Horne was our first legislative champion. In 1899, she sponsored the bill creating the first state arts agency in the nation.

This year, we’re honoring two individuals who have gone above and beyond to support arts and museums.

During the 2018 legislative session, Rep. Brad Wilson took the initiative to assist school districts across the state in caring for and providing a path to keep works of art purchased by the public in the public domain.

Also during the 2018 legislative session, Rep. Patrice Arent sponsored HB180 – Art Collection Committee Amendments, which fully acknowledged our first legislative champion, Alice Merrill Horne. Thanks to Rep. Arent, our state art collection is now officially known as the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection.

Utah Arts & Museums Strategic Planning Process

We at the Utah Division of Arts & Museums are building our next long-range plan that looks at both Utah’s current cultural landscape and the shifting atmosphere we live in today. As a state-level cultural agency, we are uniquely positioned to identify the needs of our constituents and to make decisions that sustain and strengthen Utah’s cultural vitality. With this in mind, we want to hear from our constituents and partners to help us shape our future trajectory.

Although we have completed our listening tour meetings, we still invite you to provide your feedback via our strategic planning survey below:


Listening Tour Schedule

St. George, UT
Thursday, February 22, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
St. George Social Hall

Ogden, UT
Thursday, February 15, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Ogden Community Arts Center

Provo, UT
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
ARTcetera Student Art Gallery – Provo Shopping Center

Vernal, UT
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Uintah County Heritage Museum

Ephraim, UT
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Granary Art Center

Logan, UT
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
5:15 PM – 6:45 PM
Cache Valley Center for the Arts

Sandy, UT
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Mountain America Performing Arts Centre – Home of Hale Centre Theatre

Monticello, UT
Monday, May 7, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Canyon Country Discovery Center

Bluff, UT
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Bluff Community Center

Delta, UT
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
5:15 PM – 6:45 PM
Delta Community Center


Strategic Planning Process
We’re building our next long-range plan, and we want ideas from our constituents and partners to help shape our future. Here’s a look at our process for the next several months:

 

Social Impact Study

Thank you for your interest in participating in a social impact study conducted in partnership between the Utah Division of Arts & Museums and Thanksgiving Point.

The purpose of a social impact study is to determine what impact a cultural organization has on the communities they serve. The goal is to measure how attending a cultural organization can improve family/personal well-being, health, knowledge and understanding of others and your community.Social Impact is a broad term used to describe a significant positive change that addresses a pressing social challenge.

Please fill out the application below to answer a few questions related to the study

StEPs-UT Pilot

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UA&M), Utah Humanities (UH), and the Utah Division of State History (USH) are partnering to pilot a program based on the American Association for State & Local History’s (AASLH) Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs) that will offer six small Utah museums and local history organizations a two-year enrichment opportunity designed to help them achieve success in six areas of institutional practice.

Applications are now closed. 
 
The StEPS-Utah pilot program is a series of six modules that offer board, staff, and volunteers working in participating organizations an opportunity to tangibly improve their organizational capacity. Required training & module dates:

JULY 30, 2018 | PROGRAM ORIENTATION: 1:00PM-5:00PM

JULY to OCTOBER 2018 | Module #1: Mission, Vision, Governance
July 31, 2018: Full workshop day, 9-5PM
August 27, 2018: Watch & Talk, 11 AM-1PM
September 2018: Site visit, TBD with assigned mentor
October 29, 2018: Full workshop day, 9-5PM

NOVEMBER 2018 to FEBRUARY 2019 | Module #2: Management
November 26, 2018: Full workshop day, 9-5PM
December 17, 2018: Watch & Talk, 11 AM-1PM
January 2019: Site visit, TBD with assigned mentor
February 25, 2019: Full workshop day, 9-5PM

MARCH to JUNE 2019 | Module #3: Audience
March 25, 2019: Full workshop day, 9-5PM
April 29, 2019: Watch & Talk, 11 AM-1PM
May 2019: Site visit, TBD with assigned mentor
June 24, 2019: Full workshop day, 9-5PM

JULY to OCTOBER 2019 | Module #4: Stewardship of Collections
July 29, 2019: Full workshop day, 9-5PM
August 26, 2019: Watch & Talk, 11 AM-1PM
September 2019: Site visit, TBD with assigned mentor
October 28, 2019: Full workshop day, 9-5PM

NOVEMBER 2019 to FEBRUARY 2020 | Module #5: Stewardship of Historic Structures & Landscapes
November 18, 2019: Full workshop day, 9-5PM
December 16, 2019: Watch & Talk, 11 AM-1PM
January 2020: Site visit, TBD with assigned mentor
February 24, 2020: Full workshop day, 9-5PM

MARCH to JUNE 2020 | Module #6: Interpretation
March 30, 2020: Full workshop day, 9-5PM
April 27, 2020: Watch & Talk, 11 AM-1PM
May 2020: Site visit, TBD with assigned mentor
June 29, 2020: Full workshop day, 9-5PM

During the course of the program, a cohort of participating organizations will complete all six modules (modules are not available separately).

Each module is four months long and comprises workshop sessions (one each in months 1, 2, and 4) and an on-site visit (in month 3).

Workshops will be held in Salt Lake City and taught by instructors who are experts in the designated area of focus.

The program will pair participating organizations with an experienced mentor to help individualize content to the organization’s current needs.

Participating organizations will identify and complete one small project per module that advances them within that topic area, and will reach at least a “bronze” level in each module (lowest level of the basic/good/better StEPS model).