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Mondays in the Park

am_events_mip_balletfolkorico_11Free concerts of folk and ethnic music and dance are presented selected Monday evenings in July and August. Performances are held starting at 7:00 p.m. in front of the Chase Home Museum in the middle of Liberty Park (enter from 900 South or 1300 South at about 600 East in Salt Lake City). Beginning in 1987, Mondays in the Park has featured performances from various cultural communities in Utah.

Local traditional craft artists also participate and display their work for audience enjoyment and to enrich the performances. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, family and friends of all ages for these fun, free outdoor concerts.

Mondays in the Park is presented in partnership with Excellence in the Community.

Check out our photo gallery of past Mondays in the Park concerts HERE.

2016 Schedule (subject to change)

July 11

Rio Bravo Conjunto – Tex-Mex Music

July 18

Mensajeros del Tiempo – Music of Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay

Chaskis – Andean Folk and Dance Music

August 1

Anabil Chaudhuri and Friends – Indian Classical Music

Kargi Kala Kendra – Indian Classical Dance

Karpaty Dance Ensemble – Polish and Ukrainian Dance

August 8 

Sounds of Japan Ensemble – Japanese Folk and Classical Music

Nino Reyos & Two Shields Dance Troupe – Native American Pow Wow Music and Dance

August 15

Cross Strung – Celtic and Bluegrass Music with Irish Step Dancers

August 22

Soulful Expressions – Traditional Gospel and Soul Music

August 29

Tablado Dance Company – Flamenco

Brazilian Roots – Samba Music

Directions and Parking

Mondays in the Park is presented on the front porch of the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts, located in the middle of Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park. Gated entrances to the park are located at 600 East on 900 South and 1300 South.

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Free parking is available inside the gates along the perimeter of the park, as well as on the side streets surrounding the park grounds.

Public Transportation Options

Use the UTA’s Trip Planner to get to Mondays in the Park. UTA bus routes 9, 205, 307, and 320 all pass within one or two blocks of Liberty Park. Click here to view UTA’s system map.


For more information on the Mondays in the Park Concert Series, contact Adrienne Decker via email or at 801.245.7286.


npu logoNowPlayingUtah is the comprehensive one-stop source for culture, arts, exhibitions, performances, sports and recreation throughout the state of Utah.

The mission of NowPlayingUtah is to build audience participation in the arts and cultural community of Utah by encouraging collaborative strategies and providing a comprehensive online resource for events, venues and artists statewide.

If you are an artist, you can set up an artist profile. Simply register as a user, go to “my account” and take it from there!

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Find a Museum

You can search for museums on the Utah Museums Association website, a directory fueled by data from Utah Arts & Museums. For current exhibits and events, visit Whether you are planning a day trip to a museum or a longer road trip, these sites are sources of information about the museums that you want to visit. Always confirm with the museum before traveling and please inform us of any corrections or additions.

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Professional development comes in many shapes and sizes. Visit here to learn about leadership development and the Change Leader Program, conferences, seminars and workshops.

Publications & Surveys

We provide several publications for arts and cultural organizations, museums and constituents, including the Art of the Nonprofit series, museum newsletters, the Utah Creative Vitality Index reports, and our strategic plans and annual reports.

Look here for survey results from our economic impact surveys and one conducted with local arts councils and agencies. 

Local Arts Agencies

We provide technical assistance and grants to local arts agencies.

Change Leaders

The Change Leader Program is a professionalam_resources_cl_spring13 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.



We provide funding to artists, nonprofit organizations, museums and schools through grants and competitions.

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Join the grants managers from the Utah Division of Arts & Museums and Utah Humanities for a free, hands-on workshop. Learn best practices and tools for getting your message across, common budget errors, evaluation strategies, as well as general organizational readiness. One-on-one consultations with either grant manager are available following the workshop. The workshop is free but registration is required. Dates and locations listed below:

August 31, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  | Cedar City
Southern Utah Museum of Art (13 S 300 W)
Thank you to the Southern Utah Museum of Art & Cedar City Arts Council for hosting this workshop.

September 1, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | St. George
Electric Theater (68 E. Tabernacle Street)
Thank you to the St. George Arts Commission for hosting this workshop.

September 13, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Tooele
Tooele City Library (128 W Vine Street)
Thank you to the Tooele City Library for hosting this workshop.

September 26,  2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Monticello
Four Corners School for Outdoor Education (1117 N Main, Monticello)
Thank you to the Four Corners School for hosting this workshop.

September 27, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. | Blanding
San Juan County Library, Blanding (25 W 300 S Blanding)
Thank you to the San Juan County Library for hosting this workshop.

September 27, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Bluff
The Bluff Community Center (190 N 3rd East)
Thank you to the Bluff Community Center for hosting this workshop.

October 25, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Cache Valley
Cache Valley Center for the Arts (43 S Main Street, Logan)
Thank you to the Cache Valley Center for the Arts for hosting this workshop.

November 2,  2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Moab
Moab Arts and Recreation Center (111 E 100 N)
Thank you to the MARC for hosting this workshop.

December 2, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Salt Lake
Rio Grande Depot, Zephyr Room (300 S. Rio Grande St.)
Thank you to the Department of Heritage and Arts for hosting this workshop. 

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Utah Arts & Museums awards over $1 Million dollars in grants every year to support and assist arts organizations, cultural organizations, and museums across the state of Utah. Grant opportunities are available for schools and educators, nonprofit organizations, local arts agencies/municipalities, and artists. Grant funding is provided by the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts. Grants are competitive and panel-reviewed. Bring us your great ideas!

Grant opportunities are available for schools and educators, nonprofit organizations, local arts agencies/municipalities and artists. All grant applications must be submitted online. Registration is required to access grant applications and can be completed online at any time.

New to our online grants system? Call or email to request a new user profile, Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager, at (801)236-7550 or or Racquel Cornali, Community Arts Coordinator, at (801)236-7541 or


Poetry Out Loud Competition

Recitation and performance are major new trends in poetry. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with our Literature Program to support the expansion of Poetry Out Loud, which encourages the Utah’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance.

Statewide Annual Competition

Visual arts competitions and exhibitions have been a project of the state since 1899, providing juried exhibitions open to all Utah artists and a forum from which the Permanent Collection Committee can make acquisition recommendations.

Original Writing Competition

This annual competition has won national respect because of the reputation of its judges and the honors received by its winners. For more than fifty years, this competition has honored some of Utah’s finest writers, with public recognition, career assistance, and cash.

Visual Arts Fellowships

Fellowships are available for individual artists practicing crafts, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, artist’s bookmaking, and working in new genres, conceptual arts and video. Fellowship grants do not require matching funds.

DesignArts Competition & Exhibition

Through the DesignArts Competition, we proudly continue the annual salute and celebration of Utah’s designers with the annual exhibition DesignArts Utah.


Capital Facilities Requests to Utah State Legislature

Arts organizations and museums now have a formal process to request state financial assistance for capital facilities projects. You should apply for prioritization of your capital facilities  project funding through Utah Arts & Museums. Our advisory boards will then provide the Governor’s Office and Utah State Legislature a list of prioritized capital facilities projects for consideration when constructing state budgets. Click HERE for more information.

OnStage in Utah

We recognize the important role of presenters in linking performing artists with Utah audiences.  The OnStage in Utah competitive funding is available to Utah presenters to support public performances and outreach of in-state or out-of-state performing artists.


ArtOps is dedicated to bringing art opportunities to Utah artists. Opportunities are from local, national and international sources, and include various funding sources, exhibitions, and residencies & professional development. Click on the menu items above for your interest area.


MuseOps are regional and national sources of potential funding and are listed only as a service. They are not administered by Utah Arts & Museums; review them carefully before applying. Only museum-specific opportunities are listed here.

Public Art Commissions

Public art helps bring the arts to all of the citizens of the state through the commission and installation of site-specific art for State public buildings. Find out more about current and upcoming calls for qualifications.

Rio Gallery

Located in the grand lobby of the old Rio Grande Depot, the Rio Gallery was established as a service to Utah artists, providing a free venue for emerging as well as established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue.

Coming to the Rio Gallery:


July 15 – September 2, 2016

An artist reception will be held on Friday, July 15, 2016 from 6 to 9 p.m. for
Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

Exhibiting artists include Paige Anderson, Rebecca Klundt, Liberty Blake, Jenna von Benedikt, Justin Wheatley, Linnie Brown, and Joseph Ostraff.

The artists in DemoGraphics have created demonstrations of a visual vocabulary that each has developed in an effort to communicate in a language they have created. The exhibition explores communication with a personal, visual language, asking the viewer to let the artwork be heard. The viewer is invited to engage visually, withholding a verbal assessment and giving the piece a chance to speak in its native tongue. Much like one would listen to a piece of music, these experiences can speak to the viewer in a place beyond their conscious mind. Using a variety of media including photography, oils, acrylics, wood, and collage, each of the seven artists have chosen their tools or “alphabet” and then their method or “language”.

Artist Rebecca Klundt said, “The materials and process I have chosen to speak with are an important part of what I want to say. I am using reclaimed wood and other ‘useless’ materials as my alphabet. It is a primitive language that cannot easily convey a complicated message but I am aching to speak. These limitations are self-imposed because I enjoy the challenge of making something beautiful from things left behind. I prefer not to be a consumer because of the great responsibility that comes from using resources.”

The Rio Gallery was created as a service to Utah artists. It provides a free venue for emerging and established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art making and dialogue. For more information on exhibitions and other program opportunities please visit


*DemoGraphics:  Study of visual data relating to a particular group of the population


Design Arts
September 9 – October 1

Statewide Annual
November 18 – January 13

Location & Hours

Rio Grande Depot, 300 South Rio Grande Street (455 West), Salt Lake City; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

Click HERE for information about the Art-o-mat.

Proposals for Rio Gallery Exhibitions

Proposals for exhibitions in Proposals for exhibitions in March-Jul 2017 will be accepted August 1-September 1, 2016. Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.


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Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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Alice Gallery

The Alice Gallery is located at the historic Glendinning Mansion in Salt Lake City, which also houses the main offices of Utah Arts & Museums. The gallery is named after Alice Merrill Horne, a legislator who supported the arts and founded the Utah Arts Council in 1899.

This gallery hosts exhibitions by Utah artists and works from the State Fine Art Collection and was established as a service to Utah artists, providing a free venue for emerging as well as established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue.

Architecture of Place

July 15 – September 9, 2016

Architecture of Place takes a look at depictions of various structures and environments highlighted in the State of Utah Fine Art and Folk Art Collection.

While some works in this exhibition depict Western or Utah specific locales such as Ada Rigby’s papercut of the Salt Lake Temple, or Leconte Stewart’s Cabin in the Hills, others such as Moishe Smith’s rendering of Jerusalem and Karl Pace’s Desert Town at Dusk take the viewer to more distant locations. Other works push the boundaries of real or concrete locations and structures and call into question notions of home or place. Works such as David Brothers’ Aydr presents a fictitious structure that takes on a fantastical tone with its distorted scale and precarious construction. Heidi Moller Somsen’s ceramic work of a small house titled Columbary conjures up ideas of home and final resting places.


Architecture of Place includes works from the State of Utah Fine Art Collection and Folk Art Collection. It features artists including David Brothers, Daniel Everett, Andrea Jensen, LeConte Stewart, Ada C. Irvine, Jeronimo Lozano, Mary H. Teasdel, Heidi Moller Somsen and others. Works range from paintings, printmaking, photography, and sculpture.

Location & Hours

Glendinning Home, 617 East South Temple, Salt Lake City
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday; Closed Saturday – Sunday


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Proposals for Exhibitions

Proposals for exhibitions in March-Jul 2017 will be accepted August 1-September 1, 2016. Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.


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Download Alice Gallery floorplans.


Contact the Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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Visual & Public Art

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Visual Art in Utah

The 1899 “Art Bill” created by the legislature established the first state funded arts council in the nation. The original law’s purpose was to advance the interest of fine arts, to develop the influence of art in education, to sponsor an annual art exhibition, establish a state art collection and present public lectures on art.

The State Fine Art Collection has grown annually by purchases and donations and, as a whole, provides an impressive documentation of the history of Utah art. The collection is on display in the Governor’s Mansion, the Glendinning Home, the Rio Grande Depot, the State Capitol building, the Scott Matheson Courthouse, and in various state buildings. Selections from the collection are included in Traveling Exhibition Program bringing artwork to viewers throughout the state.

Public Art in Utah

Public art i "Escher's Elevator" (detail) by Jack Archibald s most commonly associated with a sculpture or painting in areas accessible or visible to the public, but it can and does go well beyond those media. Terrazzo floors, etched glass, ceiling panels, textiles, stair railings, risers, pavers, planters, landscape, fences and grates are just some of the possibilities for public art contributions to public spaces. The possibilities are as vast as the imaginations of artists and architects.

Utah’s Percent-for-Art Act

In 1985, the Legislature passed the Utah Percent-for-Art Act (Utah Code Title 9, Chapter 6, Sections 401-409), which designates 1% of construction costs of new and/or renovated state public buildings is added to the project for the purpose of commissioning, maintaining and conserving site specific art at, on, or in the facility. The collection includes a broad range of media from textiles and glass to stone and metal monumental works.

Design Arts in Utah

Design is the creative beginning of any human-initiated arrangement of materials. We strive to help the citizens of the state see, experience, use and value the art of design that surrounds us. Design Arts Utah sponsors and mounts an annual exhibition. The Design Arts Competition is dedicated to the promotion of excellence in the diverse fields of design in Utah. This exhibition features work submitted by Utah designers that have been selected by a juror prominent in the design field. Each year’s exhibition displays designs, prototypes, and produced samples by some of the best in Utah’s various design fields.


State Fine Art Collection

Utah’s state-owned art collection began in 1899. Alice Merrill Horne was a candidate for the state legislature on a platform of support for the arts. Once she was elected to the House of Representatives she sponsored a bill to create a state arts organization and to establish a state collection of artwork. In honor of that sponsor, the collection was named the “Alice Art Collection.”  The continued acquisition of artwork by Utah artists comes from purchases selected by the Collection Acquisition Committee and generous donations from patrons and artists.

Public Art Collection

There are over 200 pieces in Utah’s Digital Public Art Collection, all created since 1985. Look here to find out what public art is in your community.

Competitions and Commissions

Public Art Call for Qualifications

Find out about local, regional, national and international calls for public arts commissions.

Statewide Annual Competition and Exhibition

The Statewide Annual Competition and Exhibition provides exposure to both new and established Utah artists through public display, publicity, awards and publication of catalogues. The competition focuses on different disciplines, rotating categories in a three year cycle that includes: painting, sculpture & installation work; fine crafts, photography & video/digital works; and mixed media and works on paper.

Visual Arts Fellowship

The Visual Arts Fellowship Program awards two $10,000 fellowships annually to outstanding professional artists to acknowledge their artistic excellence and encourage their careers. Exhibitions featuring invited past fellowship recipients are periodically held.


The Rio & Alice Galleries were created as a service to Utah artists. They provide free venues for emerging and established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue. Both galleries participate in the monthly Salt Lake Gallery Stroll and host public receptions on Gallery Stroll evenings.

  • The Alice Gallery, located in the Glendinning Home and main offices of Utah Arts & Museums, features selections from the State Fine Art Collection as well as exhibits chosen from community proposals. Download Alice Gallery floorplans.
  • The Rio Gallery, in the historic Rio Grande building, sponsors the Statewide Annual Exhibition, the Design Arts exhibition, and visual artist group exhibitions chosen from community proposals.

past exhibitions

Proposals for exhibitions in March-Jul 2017 will be accepted August 1-September 1, 2016. Be sure to download the guidelines prior to submitting your proposal online. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.


Traveling Exhibition Program

Traveling exhibitions are curated as a collaborative partnership with local artists, arts organizations, and institutions. Utah museums, colleges, university and community galleries, arts and cultural centers, libraries and schools all register for the exhibitions annually. By traveling these exhibits around the State and the use of the accompanying educational materials, the exhibits provide public access to quality visual art, nurture understanding of diverse art forms and cultures, promote creativity and encourage cultural activities in local communities.

Download an information sheet on the Visual and Public Art programs.

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