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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.

Thanks to Salt Lake Community College and the School of Arts, Communications, and Media for hosting us for our annual staff planning retreat!


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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

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is partnering with Thanksgivng Point to conduct a statewide Social Impact Study among 8 cultural organizations in Utah.

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.

The 8 institutions that are participating in the study include:
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Springville Museum of Art
Clark Planetarium
Brigham City Museum of Art & History
Tracy Aviary
Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art
Red Butte Garden

If you are interested in participating in the study and live near one of the participating institutions, please fill out the application below to answer a few questions related to the study.


StEPs-UT Resources

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 offers seven small Utah museums and local history organizations a two-year enrichment opportunity designed to help them achieve success in six areas of institutional practice.

Workshop Resources 

Sign up for the Office of Museum Services Museum Newsletter, MuseNews, below: 




StEPs-UT Program Orientation 

Module 1: Mission, Vision, Governance (MVG) 

Workshop 1: MVG Overview 

Resources mentioned during MVG 1: 

Workshop 2: Board Management Watch & Talk: 

Arts Learning Grants

Arts Learning Grants Funding for interactive and comprehensive arts education-based projects where a qualified teaching artist(s) works with a specific community population, organization, or school. Funding range $2,000-$7,000. Deadline:   Closed

Teacher-Initiated-Project (TIP)
Application is now a professional development opportunity and has been moved to the Arts Education Program.

Guidelines    Closed  Budgets