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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





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.

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.

Toolkit: Nonprofit Organizations

Now Playing Utah is the comprehensive one-stop source for arts and cultural events, performances, exhibitions, sports and recreation throughout the state of Utah. Users can browse the extensive Artist Roster, search a wide range of activities, and post their upcoming events.

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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

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