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Change Leader

The Change Leader Program is a professional development course with an active network of course graduates. Participants attend a three-day immersive 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.


Fall Conference: “Healthy Work – From the Professional to the Personal”

This conference will explore how to strike the right cord with work/life balance, how to bring your best self to your work, and what a healthy work environment looks like. The facilitators will provide tools that anyone can implement in their life and work practice. Come share your thoughts and experiences with fellow Change Leaders in one of Utah’s most beautiful national parks.

Conference Agenda

Date – Thursday, October 25th – Friday, October 26th
LocationRuby’s Inn at the edge of Bryce Canyon National Park. Reserve your hotel room at the rate of $75 by calling (866) 866-6616 and mentioning Change Leader or using this link. This discounted rate is only available for Thursday and Friday night.
Registration – $40. Open to Change Leaders and their colleagues and friends


The Change Leader Institute is a professional development course that addresses leadership issues in relation to leading change. Our goals are to better equip arts and cultural leaders to deal with environmental and organizational change, and also to create a statewide mentoring network in the arts and cultural community.

You can access the Institute Application here.

**Please note that there is currently a wait-list for the Change Leader Institute. Submit an application to be placed on the wait-list.

Certification Projects

To complete their training, Change Leaders design a project, applying the concepts they learned in the Institute. After examining their environment to identify a need, they plan a response, engage others, identify resources, negotiate, honor resistance, adjust plans as necessary and implement change.  Each certification project is unique.

Leadership Circles

Change Leader Leadership Circles are networking meetings that take place throughout the state. Change Leaders gather to exchange ideas and information, and to receive state and national arts updates.

Check back for upcoming Leadership Circles.

Change Leader Random Acts of Art

Memory Care Project for webChange Leader Random Acts of Art encourage creative engagement in communities, spearheaded by Change Leaders. RAAs can range from art projects to targeted community-based activities. This program provides funding for the following purposes:

  • Support local civic engagement using arts as a medium and/or artists as active participants.
  • Illustrate the impact of arts and artists in meeting social or community needs/opportunities through small projects that are not part of regular programming.
  • Assist Change Leaders in building value and increasing connections within their respective communities.
  • Strengthen and raise awareness of the arts and the Change Leader network through media and public relations.

Click HERE to view the guidelines.

Final Reports are now online! Access them HERE.

To log in to the online application for this funding, Change Leaders can visit
Please note: The online grants system works best if viewed in Chrome or Firefox web browsers.

For more information on the Change Leader program contact Tracy Hansford at or 801.236.7544.

For Change Leaders

Click HERE to see a list of the Change Leaders across Utah.

Download an information sheet on the Community Arts program.

Local Arts Agencies

Local Arts Agencies work to foster and support the arts in their communities. Whether they take the form of councils, boards, committees, government entities or nonprofit organizations, they are at the heart of community arts participation and play an important role in advocating, encouraging and developing arts and cultural awareness. They frequently interface with local government, acting as a critical resource for community-building and raising the quality of life.

Local Arts Agency Definition for the Utah Division of Arts & Museums

Cedar City Arts Council Final Friday Art Walk

Cedar City Arts Council

A Local Arts Agency is the primary organization in a defined geographical area that supports and advances the arts in service to the community by engaging residents, identifying and addressing community needs, reflecting community demographics, contributing to the quality of life, building community identity, supporting artists and arts organizations, and speaking as a unified voice for arts and culture. A Local Arts Agency is differentiated from other community arts organizations by its responsibility for fostering the arts throughout the community and by offering various types of arts services and/or activities that are often multidisciplinary in nature.

A Local Arts Agency can be an agency of local government, a nonprofit organization, or a hybrid of the two.



Alta Community Enrichment

Alta Community Enrichment

Local Arts Agency’s must be recognized by their municipality through a Local Arts Agency Designation Agreement that must be signed by both a Local Arts Council representative and a municipality representative (mayor, council person, city/county administrator) to qualify for Utah Arts & Museums Local Arts Agency grants. The designation is valid for two years, and the Local Arts Council must regularly perform three out of the ten activities outlined on the Designation Agreement.

Typical activities of Local Arts Council include:

  • Promoting/providing access to diverse art forms
  • Addressing cultural diversity and traditional arts
  • Regional fundraising for the arts/grant-making
  • Cultural assessment and planning
  • Caring for a community’s art collections
  • Producing/presenting programs not otherwise available
  • Supporting the creative economy/economic development
  • Managing art facilities or venues
  • Advocating for the arts
  • Providing services to artists and arts organizations

Network & Services

Some of the networking opportunities and services we provide for Local Arts Councils:

Local Arts Meetings:

Local Arts Meeting

Local Arts Meeting, Ogden

Local Arts Meetings are public meetings that allow us to connect with Local Arts Councils, as well as the artists, arts administrators, arts educators, and museums in the area. This is a chance for you to tell us how we can better serve you, your organization, and community.

In 2016 we offered “Training in Ten,” a ten-minute workshop at the Local Arts Meetings. The training covered program evaluation and effective ways to use evaluation measures in grant applications. For more information on Training in Ten contact Racquel Cornali,

Resources from Training in Ten:

Resources from the Local Arts Agency Census:

Upcoming Meetings TBA

Leadership & Professional Development

Professional Development Funding Opportunity – Closed for FY18

Conference and Training Support – Local Arts Council Staff, Board, and Volunteers

The Community Arts Program provides funding support for Local Arts Council staff, board members, or volunteers to attend relevant conferences or training. These conferences provide opportunities for those associated with Local Arts Councils in Utah to expand their skill sets and network with other arts and non-arts organizations.

Professional Development Funding Guidelines
Professional Development Funding Application

Opportunities at the Utah Division of Arts & Museums

The Change Leader Program is a professional development course and an active network of course graduates committed to bringing about positive change in communities through arts and culture. It is particularly valuable training for Local Arts Agencies because of its strong emphasis on community building. Ideally at least one representative of each local arts agency will participate in the Change Leader Program. Following the three-day intensive Institute, participants complete a certification project. These certified Change Leaders then mentor each other and continue to meet through ongoing conferences and networking events.

The Mountain West Arts Conference is a region-wide gathering that provides opportunities for innovation, networking and professional development. Several sessions each year are programmed to meet the needs of local arts agencies, including the Local Arts Agency Summit. The conference is designed to help individuals and organizations in the arts access essential resources and create lasting connections throughout Utah and the Mountain West. The conference 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.


Local Arts Councils are often the main catalyst for sharing information with the elected officials who make decisions affecting arts and culture and should participate in public policy discussions that affect their communities. Effective advocacy hinges on continuous education and communication between supporters (advocates), their decision-makers (local politicians, state and federal legislators) and the public. For more information on advocacy events, click on a link below:


The Creative Vitality Index is an annual measure of the economic health of the arts-related creative economy in Utah. This relative score includes for-profit and nonprofit arts-related creative enterprises and the key support and service activities that sustain them.

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Questions? Contact Tracy Hansford at or 801.236.7554.

Download an information sheet on the Community Arts program.

Change Leader Random Acts of Art

Change Leader Random Acts of Art encourage creative engagement in communities, spearheaded by Change Leaders. RAAs can range from art projects to targeted community-based activities.

Review the funding guidelines HERE.

To log in to the online application for this funding, Change Leaders can visit
Recipients of Random Acts of Art funding can now access their final report form online.
*Please note: The online grants system works best if viewed in Chrome or Firefox web browsers.


Art the Park Pavilion
The Boulder Town Park is gradually emerging from a cow pasture into an artistic, community collaboration. To build on the momentum of other community-sponsored park improvements, this project provided a local graffiti artist with the supplies and assistance needed to turn the largest piece in the park—a gray metal structure—into a work of art.

At Your Table
At Your Table is proposed as a way to engage communities using art forms and a table –a widely recognized icon where meals, conversation, connecting and gathering occur. This is a compelling twist to the idea that people go to a venue to see or experience art. Rather, art is brought to places such as restaurants, community gardens, and open spaces around Salt Lake City where organic connections and conversations can be created.

Building an Art Collection on a Modest BudgetWhile there are many for-profit and non-profit art galleries, many of the patrons don’t have the knowledge to create an enjoyable personal art collection. This two hour workshop held by the Salt Lake City Arts Council taught the participants the skills they need to comfortably begin collecting art on their own, or hone what they have already collected. This free workshop was led by noted local art historian, Dr. Donna Poulton.

Cedar City Art Committee Collection Hanging System and Exhibition Signage
The purpose of this funding is to organize the artwork that is displayed in Cedar City’s Festival Hall. Funds assisted the purchase an efficient and proper hanging system to display the work, and provide small name labels for individual pieces. Support will also create a plaque that will commemorate the history of the the Cedar City Art Committee to be displayed in the gallery.

The Calligraphers are ComingThe Utah Calligraphic Artists will host the international calligraphy conference in Ogden, in June 2017. This project is designed to build an awareness and interest in the calligraphic arts and the conference. Volunteers offer free mini calligraphy classes through community arts centers and high school art classes.


Refugee Puppet Stories
Pioneer Craft House and puppeteering partners Refugee Puppet Storiespresented 30-minute puppet shows to refugee and non-refugee children ages 7-12 using contemporary and traditional puppets. After each show, partners conducted 90-minute make-one-take-one workshops teaching child-adult pairs how to create and use a puppet to tell their own unique cultural stories. In a finale presentation, the child-adult pairs performed their stories to community guests.

Community Chalk Mural
The purpose of this project was to create a community Community Chalk Mural Gridspace for artistic creativity in the form of an ongoing chalk mural in Green River. The mural space is located on the side of the John Wesley Powell River History Museum. Unlike most of the exhibits in the museum, which are static, the community chalk mural will be an active, dynamic, and ever changing space.

Ogden Art Tank
Ogden Art Tank is a community based project where Ogden Art Tankcommunity members who are interested in establishing a strong art culture within Ogden come together to connect and collaborate on solutions through art projects. In a relaxed social environment, the group socializes then votes for the best idea. Nurture the Creative Mind supports the idea with its networks and funding.


Fullmer Arena Wall Murals
Local artistic talent, 4-H youth, and other youth organizations painted murals on the indoor walls of the Fullmer Indoor Arena in Fillmore, Utah. This created more interest and use of this great facility, and created more exposure to opportunities in the arts.

Conversations in Creativity
Workshops and conferences help artists and administrators learn new skills. These events addressed the process of creativity. This series of “conversations” involved people in creative industries that are outside of the visual or performing arts to discuss and explore how creativity impacts and informs their work.

Kanab Heritage Museum Kiosk
A local videographer recorded an oral history of Kanab from the KanabKanab Heritage Museum Kiosk
Heritage Museum’s curator. The curator began the museum and knows the stories and histories housed there. A kiosk with a digital recording of the histories is available for visitors to view inside the museum. View the video produced from this project titled 1924.

Student-Original Orchestrations for Partnership Concert
This project commissioned university music RAA, LeAnn Hordestudents and an orchestrator to compose/arrange three children’s choral songs to be performed with the Oquirrh Mountain Symphony. This gave the music students an opportunity to hear their original compositions performed live. The three original pieces, Seize the Day, When You Believe, and Jupiter, were performed with the Oquirrh Mountain Symphony and One Voice Children’s Choir in concerts that occurred in Holladay, South Jordan, and Cottonwood Heights.

Empowerment through Visual JournalsEmpowerment through Visual Journals
Utah State University Art Education majors and Professor Dennise Gackstetter taught refugee and immigrant youth living in Cache County how to create handmade books used as visual journals. The project included ongoing weekly journal activities that led to increased self-reflection, self-esteem, and empowerment. This project was a collaboration between USU Art Education, USU Center for Civic Engagement & Service Learning (CCESL), and the Cache County Extension 4H.

Vernal Chamber of Commerce Arts Partnership
This partnership gave Uintah School District students and local artists an alternative venue to display their artwork in (local businesses), which created more traffic in those businesses. The Vernal businesses “donated” wall space on which the artwork was displayed on a rotating basis, and the students and artists provided the art to be displayed using professional frames and hanging systems. A Gallery Walk was also created for community members to experience the artwork.


Art Camp & Community MuralArt Camp & Community Mural
Nine students in Cedar City ages 13-18 received instruction on the history of public art and developed art-making skills through a Public Art Camp. Together with professional artists, they created a public mural for the Frontier Homestead Museum. The mural explores the history of Cedar City through photographs digitized and made available through Southern Utah University’s Special Collections and State Archives.

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This project was designed to instill a sense of surprise, fun, pride and wonder in support of the Ogden Arts Festival. Over 40 volunteer knitters participated creating everything from owls and birds to monsters and socks for the metal statuary on Ogden’s Historic 25th Street. In addition to yarn-bombing, volunteers offered a knitting class to a local women and children’s shelter; class participants were invited to take part in the festival yarn-bombing.

Chris Lezama, Random Act of Art

Window Displays on Green River’s Broadway
This project utilized the window spaces of two downtown buildings to display works of art, historical photos, information about local tourist destinations, and other pieces that highlight the Green River community and its history. Displays rotate and were installed and created by Epicenter’s artists-in-residence, town citizens, high school interns, and other interested individuals. Creative and informational window displays inject character into downtown and inspire social, artistic, and economic vitality for Green River’s Main and Broadway intersection.

Plastique is a multi-disciplinary project spearheaded by Brolly Arts and Bad Dog Arts. It engages community and increases awareness about the environmental issue of plastic: its use, misuse, and lasting impact. The project is composed of performance art, an art exhibit at Urban Arts Gallery, art installations, community outreach projects, poetry, factual information, and film about the wonderful, horrible nature of plastic. The installation art was created completely out of plastic by artists, community members, and community organizations. Stand-alone pieces were used as part of the Plastique choreographic set design, and accompanying the performance was an exhibit made up of plastic. (Photo credit: Laurie Bray, choreography by Sofia Gorder)

am_resources_cl_ra_once_on_this_island_14Once on This Island/Why We Tell the Story
Change Leaders and a Haitian community liaison facilitated an informal gathering to bring the “Once on This Island” company and members of the Utah Haitian community together to share a meal and stories, memories, and love of Haiti. The stories were audio-recorded and transcribed by artist Una Pett onto the leaves designed for the set; the leaves were later auctioned, with proceeds donated to Utah 2 Haiti. Members of Utah’s Haitian community were invited to the opening night performance of “Once on This Island.”

am_resources_cl_ra_health_and_healing_14Health & Healing in the Arts at Arts Day on the Hill
At the Utah Capitol, Arts Day on the Hill participants and legislators, assisted by artist Jennifer Elizabeth, were invited to contribute to a large painting of oil on linen depicting a serene landscape with formal architecture. Members of the Utah Art Therapy Association were present to keep dialogue going, at all times, about the psychological benefits of the creative process. The painting will be donated to a nonprofit organization or sold, with the proceeds going to the nonprofit organization. The goal of this project was to bring awareness to the power that art and the creative process play in facilitating physical and mental health, healing, and positive decision-making.

am_resources_cl_ra_drive_by_art_14Drive-by Art
A public art installation on a vacant Redevelopment Agency-owned building located on the NW corner of 500 West and 400 South showcases the vitality of Salt Lake City’s west side and invites community members to take a closer look. The building is located directly north of the viaduct that transports drivers into the city’s west side. This project involved hanging ten vinyl artworks created by west-side residents on the building’s boarded-up windows and garage doors. The project is called “Drive-By Art” for three reasons: 1) it reconfigures a negative image linked to crime in urban areas; 2) Salt Lake residents can literally drive by and experience the art installation; and 3) it features culture and creativity, and was community-driven and implemented.

am_resources_cl_ra_bowling_pin_14Bowling Pin Project
Local artists teamed up with the Big Brother Big Sister organization in Southern Utah to turn bowling pins into works of art. Along with many pins created by independent artists, six collaborative pins were created by a team that included an artist, a “Big,” and a “Little.” Team pins increased visibility of BBBS and the shared impact this program has on the lives of many community youth. Collaborative bowling pins, along with other pins created by students and local artists, went to auction during the local Gallery Walk event to raise awareness.

am_resources_cl_ra_quilting_14Quilting for Babies, Quilting for the Future, Quilting for Creativity
This quilting art project was created as a channel for pregnant teenagers between 14 and 17 years old enrolled in Horizonte Instruction and Training Center to learn new skills that would benefit their families and futures. It has also helped them acquire the knowledge to be prepared for motherhood. Completed quilts were displayed at parent/teacher conferences at the Horizonte School. The quilts will also be displayed at Arts Day on the Hill.

am_resources_cl_ra_memory_care_14Memory Care Project
This project brought visual arts workshops to Utah County health care and assisted living facilities to promote “creative aging” for those with Alzheimer’s. Carlyn Barrus (BFA in printmaking and MFA in community-based art) was selected to facilitate the workshops. These visual arts activities helped Alzheimer’s patients create instantaneous experiences that did not rely on recall or ability.


am_resources_cl_ra_boulder_youth_art_13Boulder Youth Art and Community Recycling Beautification
The Boulder Arts Council hosted an arts project event where instruction and arts materials were provided for Boulder youth to create works of art. Over half of all youth (grades K-12) in the community participated in the project. These pieces were used for a two-month exhibit in the Boulder Community Center Gallery, and several pieces were selected to be made into banners for a beautification project at the recycling center.

am_resources_cl_ra_sugarhouse_raptor_mural_13Sugarhouse Raptor Kids Mural Project
In coordination with the construction of the Sugarhouse Streetcar project, Hawkwatch International commissioned a mural on their building (2240 S 900 E). Children from Sorenson Unity Center and local neighborhoods helped paint birds on the mural wall. Through the project, Hawkwatch International developed relationships with the Boys and Girls Club and the Sorenson Unity Center that yielded live bird presentations and connections with the children and the birds.


am_resources_cl_ra_brighamcity_12Brigham City Main Street Flyway
The Brigham City Fine Arts Center and Box Elder County Tourism came together to create a project that would beautify downtown Brigham City. The “Main Street Flyway” features artists’ renditions of local birds found at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. The birds are hung on lamp posts along Main Street. Many segments of the community came together for the project’s unveiling, including artists, Heritage and Cultural Arts board members, the press, the Mayor and the City Council.

am_resources_cl_ra_glendale-12Glendale ArtPark Mural Project
The Gr8West Institute, in an effort to celebrate Salt Lake City’s River District, constructed a community themed mural directly adjacent to the Sorenson Unity ArtPark. Artists gathered ideas from children in the community and after some brainstorming and planning, created an abstract aerial view of the Glendale neighborhood. The purpose of the mural project was to inject vitality into a fledgling park space using art.

am_resources_cl_ra_festwords_12A Festival of Words
The Utah Storytelling Guild, in partnership with Bridgerland Literacy, hosted A Festival of Words for the Cache Valley community. The four hour festival featured workshops and performances in which words played a major role such as storytelling and ASL (American Sign Language) activities. The festival concluded with a special storytelling concert in the evening. One of the Festival’s goals was to inform participants about the troubling trend of illiteracy in their community. Another goal was to help people understand the power of oral and spoken words in an age of texting and e-mail.

Random Acts of Art - SLC Art HubSLC Arts Hub Community Mural Project
Utah Arts Alliance, in partnership with People Productions, brought artists and community members together to create a quality piece of public art outside the SLC Arts Hub. The project kicked off with a community/ volunteer event in which over 40 individuals contributed to a portion of the mural on the south end of the building. Sections of the community mural will continue to evolve as new artists are invited to add to the mural on an ongoing basis.

am_resources_cl_ra_handsonmusical_12Hands-On Musical Activity for Families
The Oquirrh Mountain Symphony hosted several hands-on family activities throughout South Jordan to bring families together and introduce children to orchestral instruments. During these free events, parents and children worked together to build paper replicas of musical instruments, then were shown how to handle the instruments through group demonstrations.

am_resources_cl_ra_sanpitchdragonSaving the Sanpitch Dragon
Gunnison City and the Casino Star Theatre Foundation worked together to repair the damage done to the Sanpitch Dragon during the severe floods in 2011. This beloved 218-foot-long mosaic inhabits the Sanpitch River Walk under Highway 89 and “roars” in traffic.

am_resources_cl_ra_gardencity_12Garden City Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market
To help raise awareness about local artists and their work, Garden City launched a summer farmer’s market. Each week the market highlights the work of different artists in the area. Market-goers can listen to live music and watch artists create new pieces all while shopping for bread, produce, and crafts.

am_resources_cl_ra_outofmany_12Out of Many, One
In an effort to help future generations comprehend and appreciate the history of the United States, the South Jordan Public and Cultural Art Board (PACDB) presented sticker kits to 5th graders in South Jordan. The kits are chronological snapshots of American history and when pieced together create a magnificent waving flag. This project coincided with the schools’ history curriculum and enhanced students’ understanding of American history.

Image result for helper utah train muralThe Helper Train Mosaic Project
The Helper Train Mosaic was created to bring Helper residents together through a project that commemorates an important aspect of Helper’s industrial history. Children were shown how to create the mosaic tiles during the summer Art-In-The-Park program. The mosaic was unveiled at the 2012 Helper Arts and Music Festival and commemorated with a small dedication ceremony and a plaque of all who made the project possible.

am_resources_cl_ra_heartsoul_12Heart & Soul Porchfest
Heart & Soul launched its first Porchfest, a celebration of music and the arts where residents and Heart & Soul artists performed on front porches to an audience that moved from house to house. Porchfest represents the essence of Heart & Soul’s mission by bringing music and performing arts to people who are isolated from the community. Eleven porches, seventeen bands and almost a thousand people came out to in support of Heart & Soul and the healing power of music and community.


am_resources_cl_ra_greening_11Greening the Arts – Earth Day Downtown
The Cache Valley Center for the Arts (CVCA) launched a season of Greening the Arts with a ScrapArtsMusic performance. Children turned trash into upcycled musical instruments, rehearsed during a junk jam with a local musician, and performed at the Gallery Walk. In April, CVCA held the first Earth Day celebration in downtown Logan. Over 450 people attended the four hour event which featured performances, demonstrations, and the unveiling of CVCA’s first public sculpture.

am_resources_cl_ra_painttower_11Paint the Towers
Weber Arts Council and the City of South Ogden invited artists to propose transformative artwork to beautify two landmark million gallon water tanks.  The call for entries yielded 28 proposals which were opened to public input and reviewed by a selection committee.  The winner was announced at the city’s 75th anniversary celebration.

am_resources_cl_ra_storytelling_11Story Potluck
Storytellers and writers united in a common cause to support The Road Home, an organization that helps families cope with homelessness.  A fundraiser community meal in Salt Lake City brought the aromas of the recipes and the voices of the authors together in a memorable evening of food and performance. A cookbook containing the stories will be released, with proceeds continuing to benefit the homeless.

am_resources_cl_ra_roadhome_11Road Home Knitting Circle
Thursday nights at 6 p.m. women in the Women’s Shelter learn the therapeutic arts of knitting and crochet with donated yarn and needles. The Knitting Circle participants collaborated with community fiber artists to participate in the graffiti knitting project during the Utah Arts Festival. This project is ongoing and yarn and needle donations are welcome.

am_resources_cl_ra_grafitti_knitting_11Graffiti Knitting
Diverse groups, including children, adults, homeless individuals and business owners, united by a passion for fiber arts, staged “knit-ins” and created a temporary knitted public art installation in Washington Square Park during the Utah Arts Festival. The project went viral and gained national media attention. The group even knitted a sweater for a Mini Cooper.

am_resources_cl_ra_nobully_11The No Bully Beat
In West Valley City young people explored solutions to bullying through discussion and improvisation with Djembe African drums.  Plans are underway to create an expression of respect through a participatory public art installation.

am_resources_cl_ra_summerfest_11Summerfest Recycled Art Project
Artists helped those attending the Summerfest Arts Faire create a large statue from cast-off items.  Covered with paper mache and painted in bright colors, the sculpture was a popular attraction during the three day arts festival and continues to be on public display.  A second, more durable sculpture was created from discarded metal pans, bells and tubes. People were encouraged to make music by hitting this sculpture with drum sticks. Other works were created from plastic shopping bags.

am_resources_cl_ra_smile_11Smile on Your Brother
College students mentored six high school students at risk for non-graduation. Over the course of a year they engaged the students’ interest in visual arts, music and film, interfaced with students in their school arts courses, and brought students to experience arts events at the Utah State University campus. All of the participants not only graduated from high school but enrolled in college.

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Teaching Artist Roster

New Teaching Artist Roster

Open Submission; No Deadline

Due to possible funding changes, out-of-state applicants will not be accepted at this time.

We provide opportunities for artists and artistic groups to work as artists/educators in schools, nonprofit organizations and other community settings. Services are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Legislature and local sponsoring organizations.

The Teaching Artist Roster is the recommended source of artists for grantees who are funded for projects and events. Once accepted into the Roster, artists may choose to be involved in the following types of arts education. View artist profiles.

  • Arts Learning GrantFunding for interactive and comprehensive arts education-based projects where a qualified teaching artist(s) engages with a specific community population, organization, or school.
  • Artists in Teacher-Initiated Projects (TIPs) engage professional educators in the creative process.
  • PTA Grants for schools applying for an Arts Education grant for the first time. Maximum award $500.
  • Access the Arts Education Program’s Artist Handbook.

Arts education goals include the following:

  • to encourage a cooperative commitment among artists, teachers, students, communities and arts organizations, making arts learning an integral part of the educational experience
  • to create opportunities for participants to develop their own creativity
  • to engage artists as resources to facilitate and develop methods of teaching arts concepts and encourage participation in the creative process
  • to offer professional opportunities for artists
  • to make the arts basic to our lives by enhancing our cultural life and encouraging greater appreciation for all art forms and artists

Artists’ Requirements

Artists must:

  • be active in their discipline
  • demonstrate artistic excellence (artists are not required to have formal training)
  • demonstrate communication and teaching skills (English skills are not required for the application and special needs are considered; please contact us for more information)
  • be flexible and able to work in, and with, a wide variety of settings, populations and ages
  • be professional, punctual, and able to submit contracts, final reports and evaluation forms

Artist Payments

Artists receive $30 for each contact hour with participants. Artists receive $25 for preparation time per 10 hours of residency time. Utah Arts & Museums funds most residency airfare, hotel and per diem costs and provides mileage reimbursement for any artist working more than 30 miles from home. Salary, airfare, travel, hotel and per diem are paid directly to the artist by the grantee. Utah Arts & Museums funds travel to Utah once each year for out-of-state artists.

                               Apply to the Teaching Artist Roster                  (Before starting your application read the information below)

All documentation submitted is subject to a blind review by a peer panel. The panel consists of artists, university professors, artistic directors, curators, arts educators and presenters from Utah and other states.


All applicants are notified of the panel’s decisions from the Artistic Excellence Review. Please do not call the Arts Education office. Letters are mailed notifying you of the results. Approved artists are given additional application materials for the Educational Excellence Review.

Educational Excellence Review

Artists are reviewed for arts education experience, with particular attention to how the applicant will engage the students in their discipline and the creative process. At this interview artists describe residency plans, artistic philosophy, role of the artist vs. the teacher, etc.

Utah Arts & Museums/AE Committee Approval. Followed by Utah Arts Council Board of Directors. Makes final determination.


ALL applying artists including traditional, ethnic and folk

Submit best professional work that documents the depth and range of work, and clearly define the artistic voice. Do not submit only child-appropriate works.

Submit documentation of high quality video recordings. Poorly lit, video and audio recordings with background noise, etc. will hinder the panel’s ability to review weak documentation accurately.

Artists are welcome to apply to more than one discipline, however, acceptance in one category does not automatically assume acceptance in all the applied categories. Documentation should reflect work from the past 2-3 years. Please note the following documentation requirements.


For group performances, identify applicant on each segment by placement on the stage or by describing clothing.

Literary Arts

Submit examples of recent work sans name. Prose writers may submit up to 40 pages of manuscript. Poets submit a maximum of 40 pages of poems in varied forms.


Clearly identify tracks to be played. For group performances, clearly identify which instrument or voice is applicant’s. Composers may submit a musical score. Do not place applicant on the pages. Number pages consecutively.


We recommend that at least one of the stories be of original and not an adaptation of a well-known folk tale or story.


(Includes mime, reader’s theatre) For group performances, clearly identify applicant on each segment. For example, identify applicant by placement on the stage, by describing clothing, or by role. Applicant may also submit a written script. Submit written scripts in their entirety. Do not note playwright on the pages. Number pages consecutively.

Visual Arts

(Includes, but is not limited to, painting, sculpture, clay, printing, photography, mixed media, installations, digital graphics, cartooning, drawing) Submit digital images of 20 separate works. Detail images of larger works are acceptable, but do not submit more than two or three views of the same work (detail prints/images do not count as part of the original 20). When appropriate, indicate the actual size of the work within the image. (For example, place a penny or pencil next to the work to visually show the size.) Collaborative work needs to be clearly explained as to the artist’s specific role in the work. In addition to the prints/images/original works, artists may include catalogs and raissonnés of their work, but these do not substitute for the required 20 pieces.


Documentation must reflect integration of different disciplines to create a single multi-discipline exhibit or performance.

Because of the difficulty in accurately representing multi-disciplined exhibitions and performances, please call the Arts Education Program at 801.236.7557 for suggestions on how to best submit documentation.

Toolkit: Artists

Now Playing Utah

Now Playing Utah is the comprehensive one-stop source for artists. Users can create a personal profile under Artist Roster, search a wide range of opportunities, and post their upcoming events.

Call for Qualifications

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

Public Art Resources

Galleries & Festivals

Bountiful/Davis Art Center

Helper Arts & Music Festival

Kimball Art Center

Moab Arts and Recreation Center

Salt Lake Gallery Association

Salt Lake Gallery Stroll

Springville Museum of Art

St. George Art Museum

Utah Arts Festival

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

Click HERE to find more festivals in Utah

Arts & Economy

Arts & Economic Prosperity IV Toolkit

Economic impact

Utah Creative Vitality Index 2014 (Summary Report)

Blogs & Publications


Public Art Blog: Aesthetic Grounds

15 Bytes: Utah’s Art Magazine


Contact Jim Glenn at or 801.245.7271 or Felicia Baca at or 801.245.7272

Training and Workshops

We have partnered with the Utah Nonprofits Association to bring nonprofit trainings to regions of Utah; the training titled “Crowdfunding for Your Cause” is planned for January 30 in Roosevelt.

January 30
Roosevelt – Crowdfunding for Your Cause
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Free to Arts & Museums constituents with RSVP

Roosevelt Junior High School
Training Room
350 W 200 S
Roosevelt, UT 84066

Devin Thorpe, Forbes contributor and author of Crowdfunding for Social Good, will provide you with the keys you need to maximize your success with crowdfunding events, including accessing local events and developing new projects or programs you hope to lead in the future.

Click here for more information.


Toolkit: Literary Arts


Mountain West Arts Conference
Sponsored by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, a day of celebrating the arts with networking, workshops, performances, professional development, art experiences, and much more. Sessions on writing and literature. First Thursday of May.

Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference
Held in June, this five-day conference is for all children’s authors seeking to be published and/or improve their work.   Faculty varies each year. A five-day conference, an afternoon-only option is available.

Writers at Work Conference
Writers at Work invites you to join them in a historic setting where writers, writer/teachers, editors, and agents come together to share their ideas, craft, and fine writing.  Conferences are open to all writers including beginners.

National Undergraduate Literature Conference
NULC gives undergraduates an opportunity to present papers both critical and creative, to an audience of peers from campuses across the country and to hear some of the most important writers in contemporary literature.  Each April.


Junior Creative Poetry Contest
Sponsored by the Utah State Poetry Society, the contest is for students grades 1 through 12 in Utah public, private and home schools .  It’s assisted by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums and affiliated with the National Federation of State Poetry Societies and The Salt Lake Tribune. Entries must be postmarked after January 1 and before February 15 annually. Cash prizes are awarded.

Beehive Awards
The Beehive awards are presented by the Children’s Literature Association of Utah (CLAU). Nominations are accepted annually in the following categories:  Picture Book Award, Children’s Book Award, Informational Book Award, Young Adult Book Award and Poetry Book Award.

Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference Writing Competition and Fellowship Award
Offers a $1,000 prize to help further a writer’s work in progress in the writing/illustrating field. The winner will exhibit gifted writing ability, consistent long-term dedication to the craft and financial need. Deadline is usually in May.

Utah Original Writing Competition
Founded in 1958, this annual competition sponsored by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums identifies and awards Utah writers for works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry in the form of novels, collections of stories/poems, nonfiction book-length manuscripts (history/creative non-fiction, including collections of essays), individual short stories, individual essays, small collection of 10 poems and juvenile/young adult book-length manuscripts. Submissions must be original works and unpublished or accepted for publication at the time of entry. Open to all Utah residents. No submission fees.

Poetry Out Loud
Poetry out Loud is a national poetry recitation contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts. This event is a great opportunity for 9th-12th grade students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance.

Writers at Work Competition
Writers at Work offers an annual Fellowship Competition for emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Prizes include cash, publication in Quarterly West and a consultation with prominent editor or agent.

Whitney Awards
The Whitney Awards are a semi-independent non-profit organization affiliated with the LDStorymakers, a guild for LDS authors.

Utah Book Award
The Utah book Award is a program of the Utah Center for the Book, a state affiliate of the National Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.  Housed at the Utah Humanities Council, the Center’s annual awards program is administered by the Salt Lake City Library which originated the program in 1999.  Nominations must be made by April 1 for books published (with an ISBN number) the previous calendar year.  Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Young Adult and Juvenile categories are accepted.  Must have a Utah connection in material or by virtue of the author’s residence in Utah.

Book Festivals

Utah Humanities Book Festival
The oldest and largest book festival in Utah, this annual statewide event takes place during the entire month of October (National Book Month) and typically features over 100 authors who appear in more than a dozen Utah communities. Most events are free and open to the public. The Salt Lake City Public Library downtown serves as the festival hub.  Exhibitors may apply for tables on a select day at the Library during the Festival’s SLC Keynoter Day. 


Saltfront is an arts and literary journal for environmental storytelling. They seek “eco-lyrical expressions” and stories about being human amid the ecological transformations taking place around the globe.

Quarterly West
A literature magazine created by the University of Utah. The magazine accepts online submissions of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Western Humanities Review
A journal of contemporary literature and culture based out of the University of Utah’s English Department, the review accepts fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and critical essays.

Sugarhouse Review
An independent poetry magazine based out of Salt Lake City. This particular journal is offered semi-annually and encourages all interested writers to submit their poetry.

A literature and art journal published each April by the students of Westminster College in Salt Lake City (since 1967). Contributors are paid for their work and eligible for a prize.

Weber: The Contemporary West
A bi-annual journal of the arts and humanities published at Weber State University.  Fiction, poetry, commentary, reviews, photos and interviews are accepted.


University of Utah Press
This press invites submission of proposals and manuscripts in the areas of anthropology and archaeology; Mesoamerican, American Indian, Mormon and Middle East Studies; regional and Utah guidebooks; Natural history and nature writing; general titles of regional interest, American West, Utah and environmental history; and autobiography/memoirs.

Utah State University Press
A refereed scholarly press, the Utah State University Press publishes principally folklore studies, western history, composition studies and regional studies and works, including a small number of literary works.

Deseret Book
Deseret Book publishes many kinds of books and other products that reflect the values espoused by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Shadow Mountain
Shadow Mountain is a publisher of children’s fantasy as well as children’s picture books, adult inspiration, fiction, history and business titles.  “Committed to providing books that offer values-based messages that strengthen individuals, families and society.” (A Deseret Book imprint)

Torrey House: Writing the New West
An independent book publisher of literary fiction and creative nonfiction, Torrey House focuses on works  concerning the environment, people, cultures and resource management issues of the Colorado Plateau and the American West.

Cedar Fort
Cedar Fort is an independent publisher of LDS-oriented/LDS-values books.

Signature Books
Founded in 1980, Signature Books publishes works that promote the study of Mormonism and related issues pertaining to the Rocky Mountain area. Its specialties include biographies, documentary references, personal essays, regional histories, fiction and humor.


Contact Alyssa Hickman Grove at or 801.236.7548

Professional Development

The grants managers from the Utah Division of Arts & Museums and Utah Humanities Are headed back on the road to offer a few more workshops in four different counties. The workshops are free, but the registration is limited, and the workshop may fill up. Please register early, and if for some reason your plans change, please let us know so that someone else can come in your place.

Utah County – FULL
Provo City Library
Friday, October 27 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm
Provo Registration

Uintah County
Uintah County Libary
Friday, December 1 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Vernal Registration

Weber/Davis County
United Way of Northern Utah
Thursday, January 18 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ogden Registration

Sanpete County
Snow College
Thursday, February 22 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ephraim Registration

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Workshops and seminars are developed to address the varied needs of Utah’s artists, writers, museums and professional organizations.



Mountain West Arts Conference

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.

Change Leader Program

am_resources_prof_dev_clinstituteThe Change Leader Program is a professional development course and an active network of course graduates.  The program has four main components: the Change Leader Institute, Certification Projects, Conferences, and Leadership Circles/Special Initiatives.  Participants attend a three-day Change Leader Institute that lays the basics for assessing needs and opportunities in their environments, teaches the communication skills to shape and obtain commitment, and outlines the facilitation skills that transition groups and implement change.  Following the Institute, Change Leaders practice these skills by completing a certification project.  These certified Change Leaders form a statewide network of cultural and community leaders that share a common language, mentor each other, and convene through leadership circles and conferences.


Museum Certification

The 2008 State Legislature enacted a bill that requires the Utah Arts & Museums to establish a program creating a Certified Utah Museum designation.  Museums must be certified to be eligible for grants.  For those museums that register with the Commerce Department for soliciting funds, the Certified Utah Museum designation reduces the annual registration fee from $100 to $65.

Performance Goals

The museum performance goals program encourages museums to become more professional through a self-study that covers eight vital museum programs: purpose and stucture, staff, finance, facilities, collections and conservation, exhibitions, education and public relations.

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