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Find & Post Volunteer Opportunities

We’re excited to introduce a new online resource for finding and posting volunteer opportunities!

UServeUtah is partnering with JustServe to connect you to service opportunities in your community so you can make a difference wherever you are and however you want to serve. We are excited to team up with nonprofit, faith, and government organizations nationwide to post volunteer needs and opportunities to serve.

Think of JustServe as a hub for great ideas and great talent. When you log onto the website, you can scroll down to get started by typing your city and state or ZIP code into the field in the middle of the page. Hit “Enter” and you’ll soon find out

  • How many total volunteer opportunities are available in your area (you can select a specific radius in miles).
  • Which organizations need help.
  • What kinds of roles need to be filled to provide the best level of care across our state.

Once you’ve had a chance to browse the options, click on the description that seems to best fit your interests and skill sets. From there, you’ll see a more detailed description of the volunteer opportunities available. You’ll also get additional helpful information (e.g. “Group project” or “Suitable for all ages”) along with some keywords that describe categories of need that will receive the benefits of your work, such as community and people or the environment.

Best of all, you won’t have to go digging through a maze of websites and phone trees to find contact information for the volunteer roles that excite you. On each project page, you’ll find the name of the person to contact along with phone, email and sponsoring organization. You can even sign up to receive emails about new projects in your area.

There’s never been a better time to step up and get involved. Head over to JustServe.org to find your volunteer calling.

Utah World War I Commission

Veterans of WWI, male and female, stand in front of an airplane, Ogden, Utah, 1919.

World War I veterans in Ogden, 1919. USHS

April 2017 marks the centennial of America’s entry into World War I, a defining conflict of the modern era.

To commemorate the sacrifice and involvement of Utahns in the Great War, the Utah WWI Commission will provide information and resources to the public.

News

The commission is offering small grants to encourage Utahns to recognize the impact of WWI in their communities. Projects could include:

  • Guest lectures
  • Community memorial programs
  • WWI monument cleaning, tracking, or repair
  • Community WWI history

Contact uhq@utah.gov for more information.

Events

Event listings will be updated regularly. If you know of a WWI-related event in Utah, email us at uhq@utah.gov.

Veterans of World War I in a parade in Ogden, Utah, 1919.

Veterans of World War I, Ogden, 1919. USHS

 

April 19, 12 noon
“World War I as Recorded by Nels Anderson: Utah Historian and International Sociologist,” with Kent Powell
State Archives, 346 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City

April 19, 7 p.m.
Lecture by Dr. Tammy Proctor
Logan Public Library

August 12
Military Appreciation Day for all state parks

November 10
Utah State University: Musical program by Craig Jessop
University of Utah: Veteran’s Day program

Resources

During World War I, telegraphy was taught at the University of Utah to soldiers from Fort Douglas.

During World War I, telegraphy was taught at the University of Utah to soldiers from Fort Douglas. USHS

Educational resources: Curriculum and more, searchable by grade level, subject, and type

Utah and World War I: special issue of Utah Historical Quarterly

Utah and the Great War: The Beehive State and the World War I Experience, ed. by Allan Kent Powell: a collection of essays exploring the complexity of WWI and its impact on Utahns

Splinters of a Nation: German Prisoners of War in Utah: documentary film about German POWs in Utah and the Salina massacre

State Legislature’s Resolution (PDF)

Governor’s Declaration, April 2017 (PDF)

Utah in the World War, by Noble Warrum: published under the auspices of the Utah Council of Defense in 1924

The Great War, from American Experience

National WWI Museum and Memorial

At our April 6th commemorative event, Dr. Robert Means read two poems about the WWI experience. Follow these links for the text of these poems:

 

Public Art Opportunities in Provo, West Valley City

The Utah Public Art Program of the Division of Arts and Museums has issued two calls for letters of interest and qualifications for projects in Provo and West Valley City.

The deadline for the 4th District Court building in Provo is March 31 and for a new liquor store in West Valley City (pictured) is April 7. Details about both projects can be found at publicart.utah.gov and applications may be submitted at callforentry.org. Continue reading

Volunteer Management Training

LEARN EFFECTIVE VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT AND RETENTION PRACTICES

BASIC
In this 12-hour professional development course, trainees participate in review of the structure of a successful volunteer management program. The course is based on best practices from the International Council for Volunteer Administration.

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INTERMEDIATE
In this 9-hour course, participants dive into 10 key leverage points to efficiently run a volunteer management program. Participating organizations are eligible for a Credential Badge from the Utah Nonprofits Association upon submitting 18 evidence items of implementation.

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ADVANCED
In this 28-hour change-management course designed for executive leadership, participants complete an in-depth diagnostic assessment, and develop a customized action plan with the support of a coach. National research shows nonprofits who complete this training run on almost half the median budget and are in a better position for organizational growth than those nonprofits that don’t leverage volunteers across all levels of their organization.

Coming soon!

UPCOMING TRAININGS

May 11 – 12 | Salt Lake County
Volunteer Management Training
Salt Lake City
Thursday, May 11 and Friday May 12, 9AM-5PM
Department of Human Services located inside the Multi Agency State Office Building (MASOB) Room 1019 A and B, 195 N 1950 W, Salt Lake City
Register
Level: Basic


September 18-19 | Grand County
Volunteer Management Training
Moab, UT
Monday, September 18 and Tuesday, September 19, 9AM-5PM
The Grand Center, Main Hall, 182 N. 500 W. Moab
Register
Level: Basic


December 7 – 8 | Utah County
Volunteer Management Training
Location TBD, Utah County
Thursday, December 7 and Friday December 8, 9AM-5PM
Registration will open in June. For more details, click here.
Level: Basic

ABOUT THE BASIC VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT TRAINING

Utah has led the nation in volunteerism for 11 consecutive years. This abundant resource of human capital is a unique and powerful asset in our state that can address critical community needs such as literacy, unemployment, homelessness, healthcare access, and environmental conservation. 

The challenge we face is not a lack of interest in volunteering but a lack of capacity in much of our volunteer infrastructure.  Volunteers are often inefficiently managed by the organizations who utilize them. Furthermore, many nonprofit and local government volunteer managers aren’t given the tools necessary to effectively engage and retain volunteers. 

UServeUtah’s Volunteer Management Training was created as a resource for organizations to more effectively and efficiently engage volunteers. Based on international best practice research, this 11 module training walks participants through foundational principles like developing volunteer job descriptions, recruitment, appropriate placement, orientation & training, supervision, and evaluation.

Upon completion of the program, coordinators have the necessary skills to:

  1. Assess volunteer needs and match those needs with the strategic goals of the organization.
  2. Develop relevant, competency-based volunteer roles and opportunities that attract and retain high caliber volunteers to address critical social needs in their communities.

In 2016, seven volunteer management trainings were held across the state from Ogden to St. George–including a customized version for Museum Managers developed in partnership with the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. Over 140 organizations were trained, including nonprofits, foundations, higher education institutions, and local government. 94% of participants reported an increase in both knowledge and skills after attending the training. Additionally, in a survey administered several months after training, over 70% of trained organizations implemented at least 8 of the 13-volunteer management best practices taught in the course. 

2016 attendee comments: 

  • I wish I had known of a training like this when I first started managing volunteers!
  • Our volunteer program looks completely different than it did before I did this training.
  • I had a wonderful time and felt that I got a lot out of my time here. Thank you very much. I will definitely recommend this course!

For more information, contact Mary Buehler at mbuehler@utah.gov or (801) 245-7283.

Rio Gallery

Located in the grand lobby of the old Rio Grande Depot, the Rio Gallery was established as a service to Utah artists, providing a free venue for emerging as well as established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue.

Specific Abject

March 17 – May 12, 2017

Please join us for a Gallery Stroll opening reception March 17th from 6-9 p.m.

The artists in this exhibition—Jared Clark, Christopher Lynn, Abraham Kimball, Allan Ludwig, Joseph Penrod, and Jean Richardson—each have a unique take on the possibilities of painting, or the possibilities of how painting’s mores can be used to frame other practices.

Painting as a term can be used to describe a medium-based artistic discipline, or as a lens through which work can be considered. Traditionally, painting’s primary components were its material (paint, canvas, panel, etc.), flat surface, location on the wall, and employment of color. During the 20th century, artists questioned the trappings of representational easel painting including traditional technique, the optics of space, shading, composition, and placement on the wall.

As artists freed painting to be more non-representational, there was less focus on the illusion of space rendered on the flat surface of the canvas, and more focus on the actual surface of the canvas, and in turn, the physicality of the canvas itself. The depth of the stretcher bars, the angle at which the work hung on the wall (or placement on the floor), and the shape of the canvas were now fair game when considering a painting, and not just what sat within the discrete parameters of the frame.

Painting was no longer just a framed window into a different scene, but it was being talked about as a sculptural object. Consequently, sculpture was being considered as painting. Modernist sculpture eschewed the pale carved marble and dark cast bronze forms of yesteryear and would occasionally embrace flat planes, color, fixed vantage points from which to view the work, the locus of the wall, and linear elements—all previously seen as the distinct purview of painting.

Looking at an artwork through the lens of painting is to consider the work as painting, even if many of its elements do not sit neatly within painting’s core competencies. Conversely, looking at painting through the lenses of sculpture, performance, video, or other disciplines also reveals fertile ground to explore new opportunities.

Location & Hours

Rio Grande Depot, 300 South Rio Grande Street (455 West), Salt Lake City; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

Click HERE for information about the Art-o-mat.

Proposals for exhibitions in July 2017-Jan of 2018 will be accepted January 1-February 1, 2017. Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online.

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Questions?

Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

The Rio Gallery is a member of the

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Alice Gallery

The Alice Gallery is located at the historic Glendinning Mansion in Salt Lake City, which also houses the main offices of Utah Arts & Museums. The gallery is named after Alice Merrill Horne, a legislator who supported the arts and founded the Utah Arts Council in 1899.

This gallery hosts exhibitions by Utah artists and works from the State Fine Art Collection and was established as a service to Utah artists, providing a free venue for emerging as well as established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue.

The Great Good Place

March 10 – May 5, 2017
Please join us for a Gallery Stroll opening reception April 21st from 6-9 p.m.


The Great Good Place exhibits the work of a group of emerging artists fascinated with the history of the two-dimensional image and its relentless search for an Arcadia or Utopia. The works exhibited will showcase how the individual artists attempt to reach their own form of escape and peace. Artists include Greg Caldwell, Aloe Corry, Pearl Corry, Madeline Rupard, David Raleigh, and Lim Kheng Saik.

“Whether the composed parlor paintings of the 19th century, the wild urgency of expressionism, or the intentional grittiness and mundanity of modern and post-modern painting, we observe that this pull never evades artists, even if the symbols and shapes surrounding it may change,” Rupard said. “This group exhibition will showcase the commonalities and also distinctions in how each artist attempts to reach their own ‘great good place’ through drawing and painting.”

The exhibit’s title echoes the short story by Henry James, which art critic Peter Schjeldahl described in a 2011 article for Frieze Magazine.

“An overburdened man is somehow transported to an unremarkable, even rather dull, but friendly hotel or club; it’s a little monastery-like, at an unknown location. It refreshes him. His life back home improves,” Schjeldahl wrote. “Was it a dream? It’s not clear in the story. It doesn’t matter. I love James’s phrase, the Great Good Place: I think everyone has one. Yours is tailored to your particular sorrows and contradictions, which it soothes and resolves, and mine to mine, which it soothes and resolves. The humour, and the wisdom, in James’s story is that the protagonist’s haven….[is] nothing orgiastic or exalting. No dreams come true there. That’s in the nature of Great Good Places, I believe. They are not projections of our wishes. They are registrations, perhaps quite humble, of what we lack. They aren’t exciting. They are, however, greatly good.”

Location & Hours

Glendinning Home, 617 East South Temple, Salt Lake City
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday; Closed Saturday – Sunday
Free and open to the public

Proposals for Exhibitions

Proposals for exhibitions in July 2017-Jan of 2018 will be accepted January 1-February 1, 2017. Be sure to download the GUIDELINES prior to submitting your proposal online. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.

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Download Alice Gallery floorplans.

Questions?

Contact the Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

The Alice Gallery is a member of the

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Chase Home Museum

The Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts is the only museum in the country dedicated to displaying a state-owned collection of contemporary folk art. It features objects made by living Utah artists from the state’s American Indian, rural, occupational and ethnic communities. The Museum offers a snapshot of Utah’s contemporary culture and heritage. The Chase Home, built more than 150 years ago in a traditional hall-and-parlor style from adobe bricks, is a fine example of 19th century folk art.


Workshops & Temporary Exhibitions

A workshop space on the first floor features both folk arts and museum programming at the Chase Home. We offer classes, hands-on workshops, artist visits, and many more events. Follow our Facebook page for the latest announcements.

The workshop space also serves as a gallery for temporary exhibitions of Utah folk and traditional arts or new work featuring emerging folk art genres or innovations of tradition. We accept proposals for 8-12 week exhibitions by Utah artists. See our Exhibition Guidelines to submit a proposal. Contact Adrienne Decker (adriennedecker@utah.gov) or Jennifer Ortiz (jenniferortiz@utah.gov) to learn more.


View the State of Utah Folk Art Collection


Location & Hours

The Chase Home Museum is located in the middle of Liberty Park. To visit, enter the park from either 900 South or 1300 South at about 600 East and follow the signs to parking near the center of the park.

Labor Day-Memorial Day (Winter Hours):

Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturday-Monday: Closed

Memorial Day-Labor Day (Summer Hours):

Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM 

Sunday-Monday: Closed

Chase Home Museum Map

Questions?

Call 801.245-7285

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Mountain West Arts Conference

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 W. 3100 S. West Valley City
2017 MWAC Design
Brian Kershisnik, They dance, 2014
Photography by: Hawkinson Photography
Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex

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.

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Keynote Speaker- Aaron Dworkin

We are very happy to announce Aaron Dworkin as this year’s Keynote Speaker for the Mountain West Arts Conference.

Named a 2005 MacArthur Fellow and President Obama’s first appointment to the National Council on the Arts, Aaron P. Dworkin serves as dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance, which is ranked among the top performing arts schools in the nation. He is also the founder of The Sphinx Organization, the leading national arts organization for transforming lives through the power of diversity and the arts. A  multi-­‐media performing artist, author, social entrepreneur, artist-­‐citizen, and educator, he continually receives extensive national recognition for his leadership and service to communities. His memoir titled Uncommon Rhythm: A Black, White, Jewish, Jehovah’s Witness, Irish Catholic Adoptee’s Journey to Leadership was released through Aquarius Press.
Read Full Bio Here


Conference Details (subject to change)


Scholarships

Educator Scholarship Student Scholarship Individual Artist Scholarship

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our conference sponsors in helping us to provide scholarships to the Mountain West Arts Conference

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The Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

The Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards are presented annually in conjunction with the MWAC. The awards recognize those qualities that advance the arts for the people and communities in our state and are Utah’s highest honor in the arts.

 

We gratefully acknowledge the table sponsors for the
2017 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

Arts Benefactor

 
 

Arts Patron

Ballet West

Kimball Art Center

Salt Lake Acting Company

Salt Lake City Arts Council

Spy Hop

Timpanogos Storytelling Institute

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Weber State University Lindquist College of Arts and Humanities

Zions Bank

Arts Supporter

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art

Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre

Utah Film Center


2016 MWAC Resources

Click here to find resources and photos from the 2016 Mountain West Arts Conference.


Questions?

Contact Jason Bowcutt, jbowcutt@utah.gov or call 801.236.7554