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Community Service Programs Will Showcase Successes at Utah State Capitol

I heart national service logoSALT LAKE CITY — On February 9, 2017, national service programs from across the state will gather at the Utah State Capitol to share their role in building strong communities. National Service Day on the Hill is an opportunity for program managers to engage policy makers and spotlight those who improve the quality of life in Utah through volunteerism. Continue reading

9/11 Day of Service Grant


UServeUtah, Utah’s Commission on Service & Volunteerism, will be accepting applications for for 9/11 Day of Service project grants from nonprofit organizations across the state of Utah in July 2017. The goal of these grants is to increase the number of people who serve in meaningful roles as volunteers dedicated to addressing important needs in communities across Utah.

Grants up to $1,000 will be awarded to Utah nonprofit organizations to assist in creating projects occurring between September 8-16, 2017 to celebrate the 9/11 Day of Service. A minimum of 100 volunteers must be recruited and used in the 9/11 Day of Service projects.

Application Timeline

July 3, 2017 –  Application opens
August 3, 2017 – Application due
August 18, 2017 – Awards are announced
September 8–16, 2017 – Projects must occur between these dates
September 11, 2017 – September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance
October 3, 2017 – Final reports from awardees due

2017 Application
Application instructions
Budget Proposal (example)
Memorandum of Understanding (sample)

For further information, please contact Mary Buehler at or (801) 245-7281.

2016 9/11 Day of Service Grants Recipients

  • Habitat for Humanity of Weber and Davis Counties
  • Utah Philharmonic Orchestra
  • University of Utah Bennion Center
  • All-Together Playground
  • United Way of Utah County
  • United Way of Eastern Utah
  • Community Presbyterian Church

Rio Gallery

The Rio & Alice Galleries were established as a free service to Utah artists and surrounding communities. These venues allow emerging artists, professional artists, and curators to collaborate in the process of exhibition making as well as engage the community through thoughtful and innovative art making and dialogue. The Rio Gallery is located in the grand lobby of the historic Rio Grande Depot,

Past Exhibitions | Upcoming Exhibitions

Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm | Closed Saturday & Sunday
300 S Rio Grande Street SLC, UT 84102
Free and open to the public

Under the Influence: Eight Local Artists Influenced by Animation

July 14 — September 1, 2017
Artist Reception: July 21 | 6 – 9 pm

From Saturday morning cartoons to sophisticated feature films, the art of animation plays an important role in contemporary popular culture. Profoundly influenced by animation and its captivating moving figures, a group a local artists seek to explore and borrow from the genre’s distinctive elements through paintings, drawings, and prints. Under the Influence includes works by Robin Banks, Trent Call, Jason N. Jones, Evan Jed Memmott, Mike Murdock, Athena Splett, Heather Mahler, and Sri Whipple.

The artists employ exaggeration, tension, and elasticity of form to convey a heightened emotion or action in each work. Their use of frozen circumstance, like a celluloid from an animated short, eternally expresses a particular feeling or action such as elation, humor, terror, or environmental upheaval. Classic animated films, like Fantasia and Little Nemo, inspired the artists to incorporate techniques such as anthropomorphism — the attribution of human characteristics or behavior on an animal or object — and surrealism into their work. Their unique style seeks to magnify and highlight certain characteristics — such as a “wacky” tree or “gloomy” cat — and departs from art that depicts more traditionally rendered figures which is an important tenant of animation. The bright and unconventional color palettes further convey the intent and mood of their subject matter.

In addition to this body of work, curator Jason N. Jones interviewed each artist about animation and its influence on their creative efforts. They compiled these interviews in a bound book in storyboard format in which the interviewer and interviewee collaborated on the illustrations. The drawings from the book are on display in the exhibition.

Accessible to youth and adult audiences, Under the Influence harnesses the joyful and whimsical stylistic elements unique to the animation genre. The profound impact of animation on these artists and contemporary culture merits recognition and celebration.

Proposals for exhibitions in March–July of 2018 will be accepted July 29September 3, 2017. Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online.



Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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Utah State Library Awarded Contract for Blind and Disabled Library Service

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Library will continue to provide blind and disabled library service to states west of the Mississippi River through a contract that is nearly $1 million and supports at least seven jobs in the state.

The agreement with the Library of Congress’ National Library Service for operation of the Multistate Center West is the largest service contract for the Utah State Library.

The contract’s renewal allows Utah blind residents to continue to have immediate access to materials not only in the Blind State Warehouse, but also available through the Multistate Center West. Currency Reader machines are also available to the blind in Utah through the Utah State Library.

“The Utah State Library is honored to be selected by the Library of Congress to continue to operate the Multistate Center West,” State Librarian Donna Jones Morris said. “The contract means that Utah continues to be a leader in blind and disabled library services.“

Housed in Utah State Library headquarters (250 N., 1950 W., Salt Lake City), the Multistate Center West is the National Library Service’s western distribution center for equipment and special format reading materials, including Braille and audio books. It also provides materials and machines nationwide through the Interlibrary Loan program.

The Utah State Library contracts with 19 states to provide Braille materials and full library service to Alaska and Wyoming. Library service for the blind and disabled is free for patrons who qualify to receive material.

Media Contact: Josh Loftin
Utah Department of Heritage & Arts