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Poetry Central

Welcome to Poetry Central! Created by Lance Larsen, PhD, Utah Poet Laureate 2012-2017, Poetry Central is a clearinghouse of information for teachers, students, and anyone else interested in reading and writing poetry.

Reading Poetry

A great way to interact with poetry is by hearing poets read their own work. Visit our Bite-Size Poetry page to watch videos of notable Utah poets reading short poems. If you want to see a list of the videos in each YouTube playlist, click here: 2015 Bite-Size Poetry or here: 2009-2011 Bite-Size Poetry

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Here are great websites for reading both classic and contemporary poetry:

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Writing Poetry

We’ve gathered poetry prompts from many of the Bite-Size Poetry poets. Those noted with an asterisk (*) are exercises especially well-suited for K-12 classrooms.

*Shanan Ballam, “Mapping the Neighborhood”

Lisa Bickmore, “Invention and Discovery”

*Marilyn Bushman-Carlton, “Generating Poems from Epigraphs”

Rob Carney, “12 Tasks”

*Elaine Christensen, “A Suitcase Packed with Everyday Things”

*Chris Cokinos, “A Surrealist Game for Two”

Katharine Coles, “Centos, Pantoums, Erasure Poems”

Star Coulbrooke, “Writing Your Childhood”

*Brock Dethier, “A Thank-you Poem”

Craig Dworkin, “Found Poetry and Experimentation”

Siân Griffiths, “The Cinematic Eye: Writing Image-Driven Poems”

Ben Gunsberg, “Write a Rhapsody”

Jean Howard, “Writing Extreme Performance Poems”

*Kimberly Johnson, “Fifty Sentences”

Janine Joseph, “World into Word”

*Lance Larsen, “Pieces of Eight: Pocket Poetry Exercises”

Jason Olsen, “The Group Title Prompt”

Jacqueline Osherow, “Go to the Zoo”

Paisley Rekdal, “The Next Thing Always Belongs”

*Susan Roche, “Doo-Dads”

Natasha Sajé, “Poems Aware of History”

Susan Sample, “Best Words in the Best Order”

*Gail Schimmelpfennig, “Gifts to the Imagination”

Jon Sebba, “Twenty Little Poetry Projects”

Ned Snell, “Getting Started”

*Laura Stott, “The Train Station Poem”

Nancy Takacs, “Writing a Poem on a Road”

Visit the Poets & Writers page for some good poetry prompts online:

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Visit the Academy of American Poets page for information about various poetry forms:

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Dr. Larsen recommends these books with poetry exercises and prompts:

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A Different Perspective on Landscape Painting at Rio Gallery

adam_leviUtah Arts & Museums presents En Plein Air: Levi Jackson & Adam Bateman, an exhibition on display at the Rio Gallery from Jan 20th – March 10th, 2017. An artist’s reception will be held on January 20th from 6-9 p.m. for Gallery Stroll.

Adam Bateman and Levi Jackson, in collaboration, have made 60 paintings en plein air as a performative act, returning them to their forgotten foundation in the western landscape. Having both grown up and lived in rural areas of the West, both Jackson and Bateman kicked against the tradition of landscape painting as the defining characteristic of western art’s historical significance and culture. For this exhibition they have traveled headfirst into seeing the landscape through painting’s eyes.

The Rio Gallery is located inside the Rio Grande Depot at 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Additionally, the Rio Gallery is open during the Winter Market at the Rio Grande Depot. The Winter Market hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 28, Feb. 11, and Feb. 25. Vendors sell local artisan goods, foods, and crafts, and the market also includes food trucks.

Arts Ed & Learning

Arts education and learning are vital to the development of creative, well-rounded, independent thinkers. An ideal arts education curriculum for children and youth consists of the literary arts, dance, folk arts, theater, music, storytelling, media and visual arts in ongoing, sequential instruction from kindergarten through grade 12. Outside the classroom, arts learning takes place in after-school and community settings. Through arts education and learning, we aid in the nurturing of intelligent, capable, compassionate individuals who will be tomorrow’s artists, arts patrons, innovators, and creatives.


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Opportunities

Grants
Three grant categories are offered to educators, schools and school districts in the area of arts education. To download guidelines and online application instructions, please click on the name of each grant.

  • Artist-in-Residence, in which schools and school districts are awarded an amount to bring in an artist for a two-week, three-week, or four-week residency.
  • Arts Education Projects, in which an amount is awarded to a school or school district to bring in artists and/or artistic companies for a project that may address a comprehensive theme, integrate with additional core subjects, extend throughout the year, include community partners or support innovative professional development for educators.
  • TIP Grant Guidelines FY17 , in which an artist works one-on-one with a teacher to instruct the teacher in a specific art form. The emphasis is on the teacher’s growth in knowledge and skills in an art form of his/her choice. This experience does not require the teacher to apply this in the classroom; it supports personal growth in the arts.
  • Utah PTA Arts Education Grants, for first-time applicants. UDAM will work with the Utah PTA to award grants up to $500 for art programs in Utah schools sponsored by individual PTA units. These funds will match those the local PTA provides for enhancing art programs for students. More information to follow.

Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program
Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program LogoThe Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Art Works for Kids!, the Utah State Office of Education, and the Utah Parent Teacher Association, the Utah Arts Education Partnership (UAEP) is an operating alliance for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP). This continuing  initiative, funded by the Utah Legislature, integrates quality arts education into the curriculum of Utah elementary schoolchildren by: funding the salaries of arts specialists to work side-by-side with classroom teachers and district arts coordinators to provide curriculum support and administrative coordination; promoting partnerships with universities to offer pre-service and professional development training; and providing one-time money to purchase equipment and art materials. The BTSALP is administered through the Utah State Office of Education.

Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud LogoThe National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Literature Program to support Poetry Out Loud, and encourages Utah’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. State arts agencies receiving arts education funding from NEA are required to participate.

Utah State Senate Visual Arts Scholarship Competition 
This project is sponsored by Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and the Utah State Senate in an effort to challenge Utah students in grades 9-12 to view the world artistically and express their creativity. In addition, the Utah Senate will reward outstanding students with scholarships to support their college and career goals. The competition is being administered by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. View the 2017 list of winners.

Professional Development Workshops for Educators
Visit the Arts Education Program’s Eventbrite page to view and register for upcoming professional development workshops for teachers.


Resources

Arts education offers many connections to resources for professional development offered through universities, school districts, arts companies and organizations of arts professionals. We also highlight links to toolkits, lesson plans, curriculum development and funding to help you strengthen your school arts programs.

To find professional development opportunities happening across the state for educators, access the Arts Education Program’s statewide professional development calendar and the Art Works for Kids statewide professional development workshops calendar.

Click HERE to access “Arts Education for America’s Students: A Shared Endeavor,” a joint statement that asserts the importance of high-quality arts education. The statement urges public policy leaders to provide a systemic and rigorous arts education for all students by leveraging the expertise and experience of multiple partners, including certified arts educators, certified non-arts educators and community arts providers.

Teaching Artist Profiles

The artists on the Teaching Artist Roster represent creative writing,  dance,  folk, ethnic and traditional arts,  media arts, music, theatre, storytelling, and visual arts. All artists on this roster have been officially approved by peer panels for artistic and educational excellence, and the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. Click HERE to find out more information about applying for the Teaching Artist Roster.

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Technical Assistance Outreach

Our staff is happy to provide technical assistance to schools and organizations interested in applying for grant funding, developing arts education plans for their sites, identifying potential artists, locating resources, and obtaining guidance on how to inform stakeholders about the importance of arts education. Please call 801.236.7557 to schedule an appointment.

Traveling Exhibitions Program

Traveling exhibitions are a collaborative partnership with Utah museums, colleges, university and community galleries, arts and cultural centers, libraries and schools. These exhibitions are taken on tour around the state with accompanying educational materials. The exhibitions provide public access to quality visual arts, nurture understanding of diverse art forms and cultures, and promote creativity and encourage cultural activities in local communities. Exhibitions are available to schools, colleges, museums, libraries, and community and cultural centers in Utah.

Download an information sheet on the Arts Education program.

Public Art

Public art is 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.

The Utah State Legislature Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee reviews all capital projects for the State and approves or cuts public art funding for those projects. If you would like to contact the legislators on the committee to express your views on art in public places, the committee membership and committee schedule and contact information can be found online.


Utah Public Art Program Opportunities

  • 4th District Courts – Provo – In collaboration the 4th District Courts, the Utah Division of Facilities Construction and Management, and VCBO Architecture the Utah Public Art Program has released a Request for Qualifications for artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site-specific public work for the new Courts facility in Provo, Utah. The Selection Committee is intent on working with an artist who will contribute to this important new facility for the State of Utah and the community of Provo. Applicants may apply here or via CD/DVD.
    Budget: $330,000 – Deadline: March 31, 2017
  • Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, West Valley City – The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (UDABC) is constructing this new store in West Valley City at 5600 West 6200 South. It is the intention of the Art Committee to commission new work or purchase existing art. This public artwork may draw inspiration from or derive context from the community of West Valley City and/or the services offered by DABC, the architecture, the diverse cultures of West Valley City, the history and/or the magnificent Utah landscape. This project is open to artists residing in the western United States to include (Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Wyoming.)
    Applicants may apply here or via CD/DVD.
    Budget: $17,000 – Deadline: April 7, 2017
  • Check back soon for projects with Southern Utah University and Utah State Archives.

Projects in process

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

  • The Salt Lake City Public Art Program invites Utah artists or artist-led teams to submit up to 3 applications for a public art commission located at what will be a pocket park located at 337 South 400 East, the site of the now demolished 337 Project. The new pocket park will lead to an existing community garden on the property and will function as a community gathering space. There are 24 commissions available. Each commission is $500 and is inclusive of all artist’s fees and related expenses for design, supplies, and transportation. Salt Lake City will manage fabrication
    Budget: $500 – Deadline: March 14,  2017
  • The Salt Lake City Public Art Program invites Utah artists or artist-led teams to submit proposals and applications for a public art commission at Fire Station #14 located at 3800 West California Avenue. The new net-zero station will support firefighters’ day-to-day experiences in an urban and industrial district. Building materials will respond to the environment while providing a welcoming glow to the public.  The project budget is inclusive of all artist’s fees and related expenses for design, supplies, fabrication, insurance, transportation, permits, and installation.
    Budget: $60,000 – Deadline: March 21, 2017 

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • The Arts Council of Indianapolis, in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, requests the qualifications of artists interested in completing a permanent, exterior artwork for the new OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA, to be located at 5315 Lafayette Rd. in Pike Township
    Budget: $100,000 – Deadline: February 27, 2017
  • The City of Pasadena and its Department of Water and Power are seeking an artist or artist team who can create an experiential artwork, improving the visual impact of the Glenarm Power Plant day and night, enhancing it with light, color and/or motion activated artwork.
    Budget: $765,000 – Deadline: March 6, 2017
  • The San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority (JPA) is seeking an artist or artist team to conceptualize, design, fabricate and install a site-integrated artistic monument/tribute called the San Dieguito River Park “Founders Tribute” adjacent to the Coast to Crest Trail. The artist (or artist’s team) will work with the JPA staff and the JPA’s Founders Tribute Committee to develop a design concept for the tribute that honors the original founders of the San Dieguito River Park.
    Budget: $30,000 – Deadline: March 7, 2017
  • The Broomfield Public Art Committee, in collaboration with the Open Space and Trails Advisory Committee, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, city staff and the design team, seeks to commission an artist or team of artists to create artistic screening for the Xcel Energy facilities at the McKay/Lambertson Open Lands site located in Broomfield, CO.
    Budget: $45,000 – Deadline: March 9, 2017
  • The UrbanArt Commission and the City of Memphis are commissioning a public art installation as part of a city-wide commemoration of the Memphis Sanitation Worker’s strike and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The selected artist will work closely with a landscape architect in coordinating the plaza design with the art installation.
    Budget: $700,000 – Deadline: March 16, 2017
  • The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside the new Experimental Sciences Building II, located at the Texas Tech University campus, located in Lubbock, TX. Construction of the new facility will be completed by January 2019.
    Budget: $754,000 – Deadline: March 23, 2017 (3 PM CDT)
  • The CitySites Public Art Program is seeking an artist or artist team with experience creating a site-specific art installation that integrates into a suburban environment and a transit corridor. The artwork should utilize enduring materials that can withstand a dynamic streetscape with substantial vehicular traffic and minimal pedestrian traffic, exposure to vehicular pollution and can be easily cleaned and maintained in the event of graffiti or other defacing.
    Budget: $250,000 – Deadline: March 31, 2017 
  • Philadelphia’s Public Art Program invites artists to submit an application with the Public Art Artist Registry. The registry allows artists to participate in all selection processes by maintaining a record of their work that will be consulted by Public art staff, panelists, architects, and City agencies as public art opportunities become available. The registry is open to all professional artists.
    Deadline: Ongoing

    Questions?

Contact Jim Glenn at jglenn@utah.gov or 801.245.7271 or Mackenzie Morton at mmorton@utah.gov or 801.245.7270

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Museums Advocacy Day

The Utah Museums Association and the Office of Museum Services Board of Directors will hold Museums Advocacy Day on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in the Utah State Capitol Rotunda.

This is a great opportunity to meet with your state representatives. You do not need to have any special training or prior experience to participate.

We encourage you to reach out to your legislators now and introduce yourself before the session begins. Let them know you’ll be coming to the Capitol on February 28th and you hope to meet with them. Click here to find your legislator. 

To register for Museum Advocacy Day, please click here. Registration is required to attend this day. 

For more information, please contact the Utah Museums Association Administrative Assistant, Ruth White, at 202.251.0549 or info@utahmuseums.org