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The Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Audiences

Bob Harlow, PHD, is a social psychologist and statistician who helps organizations better understand their target audiences. He has partnered with some of the world’s leading companies and nonprofits to develop marketing and operations strategies. He has held senior and management positions at IBM and at market research consulting groups such as Yankelovich, and currently leads his own consulting organization.

On June 28, Bob Harlow will be giving two talks on his books The Road to Results and Taking Out the Guesswork. Based on case studies of 10 arts and culture organizations that undertook audience-building projects as a part of The Wallace Foundation’s Wallace Excellence Award initiative, The Road to Results pinpoints nice successful practices those projects had in common.

Cultivating new audiences and strengthening bonds with current attendees is a top priority for most arts and culture organizations. Yet even though audience research can help achieve those goals, many organizations shy away from it, often citing lack of money, time or skills to carry out the endeavor. Taking Out the Guesswork is based on the experiences of organizations that took part in a Wallace Foundation audience-building initiative and seeks to help organizations get over these hurdles.


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Wednesday, June 28 – 12:00 – 3:00 PM
Natural History Museum of Utah, Swaner Forum
Free Event

This event is made possible with support from the following organizations:








Toolkit: Museums

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Upcoming Workshops


Box and Storage Mount-making workshop materials, Utah Museums Association Conference 2016, click here.

 Environmental Monitoring       full kit photo 2

UA&M now offers an environmental monitoring kit for rent for a small fee. The kit includes tools to measure your museum’s temperature, humidity, and light allowances. For more information about the kit or to inquire about rental, please contact Jennifer Ortiz at or 801.245.7288. 

Preservation Assessment

We now offer an onsite preservation assessment for museums interested in learning more about how to better preserve their collections. Based off of Heritage Preservation’s Conservation Assessment Program (CAP), Utah Arts and Museum’s Preservation Assessment provides constructive feedback on areas of improvement through a facilitated onsite visit and itemized report. The visit and report are meant to provide feedback that will assist in identifying priority collections care needs and better assist museums interested in applying for museum grants through Utah Arts and Museums.

Please see our Pre-Assessment worksheet for more information and contact Jennifer Ortiz, Museum Specialist at 801-245-7288 to schedule your assessment.

Historic Interpretation Plan Assessment

Do you have a historic house museum in your community that needs a historic interpretation plan? The interpretation of historic interiors can create a powerful interpretative experience for visitors to feel the history of your museum or historic structure’s space. Historic Interpretation can encompass a historic structure with original furnishings, a restored interior with some originals furnishings, or a recreated/reconstructed interior without non-original furnishings. A Historic Interpretation Plan can assist your museum with telling its story.

For more information and to schedule your site visit, please contact Alena Franco at 801-245-7233

Emergency Planning

Collections Management

Fair Use and Copyright Issues

Museums Newsletter

This e-newsletter contains timely information and articles for Utah museums. If you would like to receive it, please click here.

Resources for Nonprofit Organizations

Looking for help with volunteers, accessibility, strategic planning or starting up a new museum? Check out the toolkit for nonprofit arts organizations and museums. Click HERE for the nonprofit organization toolkit.

Museum Support Organizations




Art is Your Business: Resources for Connecting to the Arts


The creative industries in Utah generate over 10 billion dollars in economic impact throughout the state, and there are more than 50,000 people employed in those industries.
Over the past few years, jobs in creative industries have been growing by nearly 3% each year.

Arts Resources in Utah

  • NowPlayingUtah
  • Salt Lake Gallery Stroll
  • Utah Museum Directory

What Can You Do?

  • Participate as a business in Gallery Stroll
  • Invest in a corporate art collection
  • Subscribe to performing arts events and offer tickets to employees
  • Hire local musicians for events/gatherings
  • Serve on arts boards
  • Offer/loan your space for arts events, meetings, etc
  • Donate, sponsor, or give money to local arts organizations

Come Talk to Us

If you would like to learn more about how you can make the arts a part of your business, contact David Wicai at 801-236-7547 or

Creative Aging

As the percentage of aging adults climbs in the United States, state arts agencies (SAAs) face an unprecedented need to serve this growing demographic. A primary source of funding and expertise with the ability to operate on state and local levels, SAAs have the capacity to forge lasting change. They are poised to drive the creation of sustainable infrastructure for arts in aging and health in partnership with the aging services industry, healthcare, and academia.

ENGAGE Initiative – National Center for Creative Aging

The ENGAGE initiative in Arts, Health, and Aging, was designed by the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) in partnership with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) to prepare SAAs to play a leading role in advancing creative aging in our country and to support them in addressing critical issues they face in building a robust environment for lifelong learning in their states and regions.

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is partnering with the National Center for Creative Aging and EngAGE Utah to carry out these initiatives. Our goal is to participate in ongoing professional development and to pursue a state-specific plan of action.


Free Online Artist Training in Arts and Aging
– National Center for Creative Again NCCA_DSC1001

The NCCA Online Artist Training in Arts and Aging, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Michelson Foundation, and MetLife Foundation, is a free online course for teaching artists interested in learning how to lead lifelong learning programs in the arts that engage older people as creators. This self-guided training offers an introduction to philosophy, key concepts, methods, and current research from the field of arts in aging. It introduces readers to the life story-based methods developed by Susan Perlstein and Elders Share the Arts, as well as several other approaches and techniques, offering an array of exercises and case studies that exemplify the work that is happening in the field today.

NEA Awards for Creativity and Aging Projects

The document below features information on some of the recent NEA awards for creativity and aging projects. These awards span across the entire country and showcase a wide range of disciplines.

Podcast – National Endowment for the Arts

Rohan Spong – Documentary Filmmaker
Winter at Westbeth shines a light on artists and aging.

Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit

Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit Web site is designed for the arts and aging services fields. This resource explains why and how older adults benefit from participating in professionally conducted community arts programs and offers detailed advice and examples on program design, implementation, and evaluation.

We would like to thank our partners in this initiative. Together, we will be able to create awareness and foster dialogue among states so we can better serve the aging populations though creativity.



Mountain West Arts Conference

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 W. 3100 S. West Valley City
2018 MWAC Design
Anna Campbell Bliss, Let Their Spirits Soar, 2010
Utah State Public Art Collection

The Mountain West Arts Conference is designed to help individuals and organizations in the arts community access essential resources and create community connections throughout Utah and the Mountain West. It is also part of a long-term effort to sustain the creative industry by providing opportunities, education, tools, information and resources that serve all contributors to the arts.

Click here for 2018 MWAC Photos

Post-Conference Resources

It was great to see so many of you at the Mountain West Arts Conference. Please continue to check back on this page as we update post-conference resources.

Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal’s Luncheon Presentation
Comments  |  Link to poem, “Driving to Santa Fe”

Paper Hinged Figures – Daniel T. Barney
Presentation  |  Handout

What Do I Do? A Primer on Accessibility and Accommodations – Shandra Benito & Elise Butterfield

Creating Meaningful Dialogue at Art Events: Getting Beyond Q&A, Testimonial, Art Critique, or Soap Box Oratory! – Barbara Schaffer Bacon
Handout 1: Basics of Dialogue
Handout 2: Creating Meaningful Dialogue at Art Events
Handout 3: A New Model for Talk Backs 
Deep Wounds Link

Reach Out & Touch Someone: Elevate Your Website Visitor to Event Attendee – Jocelyn Kearl
Presentation Handout

Isn’t it ama-ZINE! – Erika Church & Julia Huddleston
Presentation  |  Handout

Department of Heritage & Arts – Resources for Arts & Cultural Organizations – Kerri Nakamura

I Belong. This is My Story, And My Art – Paul Kuttner & Donna Pence

“Brand” & “I Love You” Don’t Say It Unless You Mean It – Sarina V. Ehrgott

Data Mojo for Artists & Nonprofits – Barton Poulson

Conference information



Keynote Speaker – Kevin Kling

We are thrilled to announce internationally renowned Playwright, Author and Storyteller Kevin Kling as the 2018 Mountain West Arts Conference keynote speaker. Read full bio here

Keynote Address: “The Healing Power of Story”
We give our lives value through our struggles and our struggles voice through our stories. In these turbulent times artists play some of the most vital roles in helping us maintain our stability and clarity. When we reflect deeply and respond meaningfully we have stepped onto the path of healing. In this presentation, Kevin Kling shares his personal experience with disability and his thoughts about the healing power of story, including the importance of vulnerability, listening, the need to belong and the medicine of humor.
“Heroes are only as great as the dragons they face.” ~~ Kevin Kling

Video – Kevin Kling: Lost & Found | Tickled Pink


Thanks to generous support from Art Works for Kids and the Stewart Family Foundation, we are able to offer scholarship funding to attend the Mountain West Arts Conference. Scholarships cover the cost of registration.


Conference Sponsorship

We gratefully acknowledge the table sponsors for the
2018 Keynote Luncheon

Arts Benefactor


Arts Patron

Prescott Muir Architects

Salt Lake Acting Company

Salt Lake City Arts Council

Spy Hop Productions

Timpanogos Storytelling Institute

Utah Arts Council Board

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

Zions Bank

Arts Supporter

American West Heritage Center     –     Cache Valley Center for the Arts     –     Kimball Art Center     –     Pioneer Theatre Company

Sparano + Mooney Architecture     –     The Leonardo

Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre     –     UtahPresents


Contact Jason Bowcutt, or call 801.236.7554

Publications & Surveys

Recent Research and Reports

Kem C. Gardner Economic Contributions of Cultural Organizations in Utah

Arts Funding Snapshot: Grantmakers in the Arts

Utah Arts & Museums Annual Reports



Utah Creative Vitality™ Index

The Creative Vitality™ Index (CVI™) is an annual measure of the economic health of the arts-related creative economy in Utah. In the CVI™, creative economy is defined as including for-profit and nonprofit arts-related creative enterprises, and the key support and service activities that sustain them. The Index is the result of research that was designed to develop a more inclusive and robust diagnostic tool related to the economic dimensions of the arts elements of the creative economy. Starting with 2013 reports we have one-sheets by county. For more information, and reports to the zip code level, contact David Wicai,, 801-236-7547. Download the CVI™ below:

Arts Education & Learning Surveys

Four-State Arts Education Assessment

A comprehensive survey of arts education in Wyoming, Utah, Montana and Idaho covering the 2009-2010 school year, undertaken by Utah Arts & Museums and the Utah State Office of Education and was conducted by Bothell Assessment and Research.

Teaching Artists and Their Work Survey

The results of the Association of Teaching Artists’s Survey on What are Meaningful, Supportable, and Sustainable Environments for the Work of a Teaching Artist are now available online. The focus of the survey, conducted between September 2009 and March 2010 was Teaching Artists’ experiential knowledge. Teaching Artists’ from fifty states and the District of Columbia responded to the survey.

Strategic Plan

Utah Museum Services Survey

The Utah Arts & Museums’ Office of Museum Services recently conducted a survey to gain information on museums’ growth, development and value in the State of Utah.  The survey was directed toward attendance, budgets, professional development, collection/records, information technology and museum priorities.

The results will help Museum Services better represent museums’ needs and concerns to Utah Legislators. It is also intended to help Utah Arts & Museums best serve Utah museums with technical assistance and their future development.

Art of the Nonprofit

We are committed to enabling our arts and cultural organizations to grow and stabilize by providing professional development. One of the modes of providing this assistance is through our publications. Our Utah Nonprofit Corporations Handbook is currently in its fifth revision and has assisted many of our organizations in Utah learns the basic steps to incorporating and obtaining their 501(c)(3) IRS status. Due to the success of this handbook, we decided to publish two companion handbooks, this one on volunteer development in 1999 and another on effective board leadership. We hope these publications will provide you with many of the necessary tools for accomplishing your goals.

Local Arts Council Survey

Each year we report to the State Legislature on the form, function and cost of local support for arts-related activities throughout the state. This information is then used by the Legislature in determining arts budgeting. It also assists us in the development of new programs, funding and training opportunities. The data provided by this survey conducted in January 2009 is one way of getting an up-to-date, clear and more comprehensive view of how local arts councils operate and add to their communities. To view the results, click HERE.

Top three results of the survey:

  • 93% are interested in training and an informal newsletter geared specifically to local arts councils.
  • 73% would like more information on cultural/heritage tourism.
  • 58% need assistance in putting a strategic/business plan in place.

Social Media Networking

We have several ways to virtually network with colleagues, fellow artists and professionals, and with people interested in arts and culture in Utah.

Facebook Icon Facebook

 Google Photo Albums

Twitter Icon Twitter

YouTube Icon YouTube




These toolkits are designed to be a “go to” resource for artists, educators, local arts councils and arts organizations. They are meant to help strengthen infrastructure, build capacity, support current business practices, and provide opportunities for professional development. These are living documents, subject to revision and correction. Suggestions for resources are actively encouraged. Please contact Racquel Cornali with any suggestions you may have.


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!

Toolkits & Links

Find toolkits that can help you do your job better.


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.

Professional Development Resourcesam_resources_cl

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.


Toolkit: Educators & Schools

Teaching Artist Roster

The artists on the Teaching Artist Roster represent creative writing, dance, film/video, folk traditions, mime, music, photography, sculpture, theater, storytelling, and visual arts. All artists on this roster have been officially approved by peer panels and the Utah Arts Council Board of Directors. Click HERE to find out more information about applying for the Teaching Artist Roster.


Teaching Artists and Their Work Survey

The results of the Association of Teaching Artists Survey on What are Meaningful, Supportable, and Sustainable Environments for the Work of a Teaching Artist are now available online. The focus of the survey, conducted between September 2009 and March 2010, was teaching artists’ experiential knowledge. Teaching artists from fifty states and the District of Columbia responded to the survey.

Arts Education Research Compendium

The Arts Education Research Compendium is a collection of citations from arts education research articles, sorted by topics pertinent to arts education (produced by the Beverly Taylor Sorenson A.R.T.S. Initiative of the McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University and Utah Arts & Museums).

Other Arts Education Program Resources

Professional Development Resources and Links

Educators, artists and school administrators can find lesson plans, curriculum guides and funding opportunities utilizing the links below:

American Alliance for Theatre Education (AATE)
A networking organization for theatre artists and educators that provides services and programming. Provides opportunities for idea exchange, leadership, creativity, artistry, mentorship, recognition, and advocacy.

Americans for the Arts (AFTA)
The leading association in America for local arts organizations. They have an electronic arts education newsletter that often includes new and obscure funding for artists and teachers. They also provide an Arts Education Field Guide, Arts Education Navigator, and Arts Education Network.

Arts Education Partnership
A primary source for research and advocacy materials that can be downloaded and shared. The partnership includes the Council of Chief State School Officers, National Endowment for the Arts and National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.

A searchable clearinghouse of the latest state policies supporting education in and through the arts from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

ArtsFUSION strives to increase the quantity and quality of arts learning experiences for children in Southern Utah.

BYU A.R.T.S. Partnership
BYU A.R.T.S. Partnership offers professional development, lesson plans, and other resources for teachers.

Carnegie Hall Music Educators Toolbox
This set of free online resources for music teachers includes lesson plans and activities, summative and formative assessments, video examples, and documented best practices.

Classics for Kids
Classical music lesson plans, activities, and more.

Crayola Dreammakers
Utah’s own Mary Wells is the representative for Crayola, and she also provides free workshops for teachers and students. Lesson plans for teachers are available on this site.

The Dana Foundation – Arts Education
Information regarding grant procedures and deadlines for arts education grants.

Dance and the Child International
Dance and the Child International (daCi) is a nonprofit organization that organizes dance teachers and students to create more opportunities for all children to dance. State, national, and international conferences are held once every three years. The daCi Utah Day of Dance is held on a Saturday in November.
A listing of education grants and new funding opportunities for organizations, schools, districts, consortia and state education agencies.

The Kennedy Center ARTSEDGE
This site has terrific arts education lesson plans and instructional resources in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts, as well as multidisciplinary resources. Also has a great list of links to other resources in all of the disciplines.

Kimball Art Center
Kimball Art Center (KAC) is dedicated to providing arts access, education, engagement and experience to everyone. Provides lesson plans.

Kingsbury Hall
Kingsbury Hall offers: matinee performances during the school day for students and for senior citizens from SL County Aging Services senior centers; artists who visit schools to perform or do workshops; and professional development for teachers through our Kennedy Center Partners in Education program with SLC School District and Youth Theatre at the U.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY)
Art history timelines.

Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation
A nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting music through donation of musical instruments to young musicians.

National Arts Education Association (NAEA)
A group devoted to a belief in the power of the arts in developing human potential, offering ideas about teaching, leading, and learning, as well as an annual convention. Provides an instructional resources gallery.

National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)
Provides professional development, leadership, support services, research, and advocacy for artists, educators, and administrators in dance education across all genres of dance.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Arts learning grants, due dates, applications and other information.

National Gallery of Art  
Offers online resources, loan programs, school tours, teacher workshops, lesson plans, and other resources.

National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts
Through the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program, the Guild distributes best-practices guides, makes grants and produces training institutes to support high-quality, sustainable arts education partnerships with public schools.

National Opera Teacher and Educator Source (NOTES)
A recently launched website by OPERA  America, this offers a wide range of lesson plans among other resources that are easily accessible to busy educators.

Neuroscience and the Classroom
By gaining insights into how the brain works – and how students actually learn – teachers will be able to create their own solutions to the classroom challenges they face and improve their practice.

Repertory Dance Theatre
RDT offers teacher in-service workshops, lesson plans, student matinees, resource materials, mini-residencies, long-term residencies, school partnerships, lecture demonstrations, and summer workshops for teens.

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
Ririe-Woodbury offers summer workshops, lesson plans, POPS outreach, educational videos, free dress rehearsal attendance, student matinees, and teacher discounts.

Springville Museum of Art’s StateWide Art Partnership (SWAP)
SWAP is a collective of Utah museum and arts educators which aims to help establish visual art education as a part of the curriculum. Programs are funded by the State Office of Education through POPS (Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools). Programs include art talks, evenings for educators, and lesson plans.

Tanner Dance at the U of U
Tanner Dance supports 800 scholarship students in area schools. The scholarships are part of a residency designed to help teachers incorporate movement into the curriculum. Other outreach services include teacher workshops, lecture/demonstrations, and school performances. Participating teachers receive grade-specific lesson plans based on the Utah State Core Curriculum.

Timpanogos Storytelling
Timpanogos Storytelling offers lesson plans, a summer festival, a midwinter event, a fall retreat, assemblies, and workshops.

Utah Advisory Council of Theatre Teachers
UACTT offers lesson plans, an annual summer retreat, a listserv, mentoring program, resource guide, production galleries, and professional development opportunities.

Utah Art Education Association (UAEA)
Offers advocacy resources, a listing of grants and scholarships, an annual conference, and other resources.

Utah Book Arts Program
Since 1998, the Book Arts Program has provided hands-on education in art, history, cultural studies, and literacy appreciation to Utah’s school children and educators. Offers teacher workshops, lesson plans, and classroom kits.

Utah Chapter, American Orff-Schulwerk Association (UAOSA)
This organization offers four workshops in Orff Schulwerk throughout the fall, winter and spring. Orff Schulwerk is a way to teach and learn music, based on singing, chanting rhymes, clapping and dancing. Orff Schulwerk is active involvement in music-making that incorporates speech, singing, movement and instrument-playing in a creative environment.

Utah Dance Education Organization (UDEO)
UDEO focuses on professional development, research, documentation, assessment, and leadership. Offers conferences, newsletters, lesson plans, and other resources.

Utah Film Center
SHIFT is a program of the Utah Film Center that provides curriculum resources and lesson plans, professional development and curriculum in the integration of the filmmaking process to educators.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts
UMFA offers art classes for kids, docent-led tours, evenings and lesson plans for educators, school partnership programs, a teacher resource center, and a newsletter.

Utah Music Educators Association (UMEA)
Open to all music educators in both public and private institutions, from pre-K to college level, offering resources and opportunities for learning and growth in the field.

Utah PTA
Utah PTA offers grants annually to encourage local schools to develop, promote, and provide quality art programs. Grants are $500 maximum and are for units in good standing (paid dues and submitted by-laws and membership fees).

Utah State Board of Education Division of Fine Arts
For fine arts core curriculum and teacher guides, curriculum maps, and resources for teachers in dance, music, theatre and visual arts.

Utah Symphony | Opera
Utah Symphony | Opera offers a multitude of events and activities for teachers and students.

Utah Theatre Association
UTA offers an annual conference, scholarships, a newsletter, and a guide to Utah theatre resources.

Utah Valley University Department of Theatrical Arts
UVU offers theatre programming for children and youth, student matinees, an educators’ evening, and a performing arts summer camp for kids.

Weber State University Arts Learning Collaborative
The WSU Arts Learning Collaborative offers lesson plans, year-round professional learning opportunities in arts integration for K-12 teachers, instructional coaches, arts specialists, and WSU students. The Collaborative hosts an annual Arts Integration Conference and supports the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program–a statewide K-6 arts integration program.