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History Day Students Present to State Board of Education

Three students who participated in the state and national History Day competitions shared their experiences with the Utah Board of Education on Dec. 7.

The students all attend Ogden High School and were accompanies by their teacher, Lisa Pockrus. During their trip to Washington D.C., they had an incredible learning experience. They met with civil rights hero Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, who was part of the sit-in at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in Jackson Mississippi.

Edgar Corrales created an exhibit on the Freedom Rides of the Civil Rights Movement. He placed 1st at the Utah History Day State Contest in the Senior Individual Exhibit category and represented Utah at the National History Day competition.

Keila Arredondo and Araceli Palacios worked together to build a website on Cesar Chavez. They placed 2nd at State in the Senior Group Website category and represented Utah at the National History Day competition.

Pictured in the banner photo: Superintendent Sydnee Dickson, Lt. Gov Spencer Cox, Ogden High School students Edgar Corrales, Keila Arrendondo, Araceli Palacios, teacher Lisa Pockrus

Entries Accepted For Senate Visual Arts Competition

Utah high school students are encouraged to enter the annual Utah Senate Visual Arts Competition for a chance to win up to a $5,000 scholarship and have the artwork shown in the Utah State Capitol.

The competition is open all Utah students in grades 9-12,including those attending a private, parochial, charter, or home school. The competition is sponsored by Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and administered by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.

This year’s theme is “The People of Utah,” and all artworks must include at least one human figure. Most visual arts medium are accepted except for photography or 3D.

The winning artist will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Other scholarship awards include $3,000, $1,000, seven at $500, and 15 at $300. Awards will be given during Arts Day on the Hill, Monday, February 5, 2018.

Entries are due by Dec. 15, 2017. For complete guidelines and to submit an entry, visit our submission page.

Holiday Service Pledge Drive

Join UServeUtah’s Holiday Service Pledge Drive to commit to help meet community needs long after the holidays have passed.

Get Involved

Follow the simple steps below to participate in the Holiday Service Pledge Drive.

In 2017:

  1. Pledge to volunteer during 2018 by completing this Google Form. You decide how many hours to pledge and when you would like to serve, and UServeUtah will help you fulfill your commitment.
  2. If you wish to honor a loved one with your service, download and print a Certificate of Service to present to him or her as a gift.
  3. Share the Holiday Service Pledge Drive with your friends on Facebook. Copy and paste this page’s URL into a Facebook post or click the Facebook logo at the top of this page to announce on Facebook that you pledged. Please use #UTServicePledge.

In 2018:

  1. Receive a reminder via email to volunteer as well as some resources for finding a volunteer project.
  2. Choose a volunteer opportunity in your community!
  3. Share your service story at UServe.Utah.gov/service-story.

Why Should I Participate?

Giving the gift of time during the holidays is a hallmark of the season, but the need for kind hearts and an extra pair of helping hands is here all year long.

The goal of this campaign is to create an awareness that organizations are in need of volunteers throughout the year and to collect pledges from people who will provide service during the slower months of the year.

If you are interested in helping promote the Holiday Service Pledge Drive, please contact Kate Hulme at katelewis@utah.gov or (801) 245-7281.

Statewide Annual Art Show Opens at Rio Gallery

Juror's Award painting by Lexi Johnson titled Back When

Juror’s Award: Lexi Johnson, “Back When”

Winning entries in the Statewide Annual Art Show will be displayed beginning Nov. 17 at the Rio Gallery.

Utah ’17: Painting, Sculpture, and Installation, hosted by the Division of Arts & Museums, includes the best pieces as selected by two out-of-state jurors. This year’s competition had a record number of entries, with 308 arrists submitting more than 500 pieces of art. Entries came from throughout the state, with artists calling 62 different cities home.

“While the volume of works submitted this year surpassed previous years, the caliber of pieces demonstrated marked excellence,” Visual Arts Program Manager Felicia Baca said. “It’s truly an honor to see the work being produced across the State and experience the ideas artists are engaging with and the objects that result.”

The exhibit will open with a free public reception on Nov. 17 from 6-9 p.m. during Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, where the Best in Show, Jurors Awards, and Honorable Mentions will be acknowledged. The exhibit will run through Jan. 12, 2018, at the Rio Gallery, 300 S. Rio Grande St. The gallery is regularly open 8-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. It will also be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the Winter Farmer’s Market at the Rio Grande Depot.

Juror Zhi Lin applauded the diversity of work in the submissions, whether it was the varied sizes or the medium employed.

“Each submission had a story to tell,” Lin said. “Some pieces examined current social media and employed a time-based format, while others continued the tradition of easel painting and objects made by hand. Many pieces emphasized the artists’ well-trained academic practice, while others showed their self-taught and highly individualized styles.”

The amount of submissions, and their quality, underscored the importance of art to society as a whole, said Dr. Jan Schall, another juror.

“Art matters. It matters to the maker. It matters to the viewer. It matters to communities, to cities, to regions, to entire countries and cultures,” Schall said. “Art reminds us that we are human, that we are capable of seeing, thinking, and feeling. It binds us together in shared experience and communication, while acknowledging that no two people will experience the world or the work of art in the same way.”

Visual arts competitions have been a project of Utah Arts & Museums since 1899, providing juried exhibitions open to artists across the state of Utah.

Book Buzz

Book Buzz lends book sets to book clubs, book groups, libraries, organizations, schools, and community centers. The Utah State Library acquired the Book Buzz lending program from the Utah Center for the Book, Utah Humanities Council in 2012. Please read our Policies before requesting any books.

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For questions or problems contact:

Linda Roholt
Book Buzz Coordinator
Phone Number (801) 715-6754 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address lroholt@utah.gov