Skip to content
Secondary Content

Category Archives: DHA Featured Slider

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

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 or (801) 245-7281.

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.

Featured Collection

Holiday Stories

Newest Book Buzz Additions

How to Request a Book Set

  1. Choose a Title
  2. Check Availability
  3. Request a Title

Book Buzz Title Lists

Promotional Materials

For questions or problems contact:

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

Arts Ed & Learning

Arts education and learning are vital to the development of creative, well-rounded, independent thinkers. An ideal arts education curriculum for children and youth consists of the literary arts, dance, folk arts, theater, music, storytelling, media and visual arts in ongoing, sequential instruction from kindergarten through grade 12. Outside the classroom, arts learning takes place in after-school and community settings. Through arts education and learning, we aid in the nurturing of intelligent, capable, compassionate individuals who will be tomorrow’s artists, arts patrons, innovators, and creatives.


Utah State Senate Visual Arts Scholarship Competition 
This project is sponsored by Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and the Utah State Senate in an effort to challenge Utah students in grades 9-12 to view the world artistically and express their creativity. In addition, the Utah Senate will reward outstanding students with scholarships to support their college and career goals. The competition is being administered by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. Visit our Submittable page to submit your entry. Please read the 2017-18 Guidelines before submitting.

Opportunity for K-12 Educators

Teacher Initiated Project Guidelines, in which an artist works one-on-one with a teacher to instruct the teacher in a specific art form. The emphasis is on the teacher’s growth in knowledge and skills in an art form of his/her choice. This experience does not require the teacher to apply this in the classroom; it supports personal growth in the arts. Access online TIP application.


The Arts Learning Grant is offered to schools, school districts, non-profit organizations, social service agencies, community centers, and local arts agencies in the area of arts education. To download guidelines and online application instructions, please click on the name of each grant.

  • Arts Learning GrantFunding for interactive and comprehensive arts education-based projects where a qualified teaching artist(s) works with a specific community population, organization, or school.
  • Utah PTA Arts Education Grants, for first-time applicants. UA&M will work with the Utah PTA to award grants up to $500 for art programs in Utah schools sponsored by individual PTA units. These funds will match those the local PTA provides for enhancing art programs for students.


Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program

Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program LogoThe Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Art Works for Kids!, the Utah State Office of Education, and the Utah Parent Teacher Association, the Utah Arts Education Partnership (UAEP) is an operating alliance for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP). This continuing  initiative, funded by the Utah Legislature, integrates quality arts education into the curriculum of Utah elementary schoolchildren by: funding the salaries of arts specialists to work side-by-side with classroom teachers and district arts coordinators to provide curriculum support and administrative coordination; promoting partnerships with universities to offer pre-service and professional development training; and providing one-time money to purchase equipment and art materials. The BTSALP is administered through the Utah State Office of Education.

Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud LogoThe National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums to support Poetry Out Loud, and encourages Utah’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. State arts agencies receiving arts education funding from NEA are required to participate.

Professional Development Workshops for Educators
Visit the Arts Education Program’s Eventbrite page to register for upcoming professional development workshops for K-12 teachers.


Arts education offers many connections to resources for professional development offered through universities, school districts, arts companies and organizations of arts professionals. We also highlight links to toolkits, lesson plans, curriculum development and funding to help you strengthen your school arts programs.

To find professional development opportunities happening across the state for educators, access the Arts Education Program’s statewide professional development calendar and the Art Works for Kids statewide professional development workshops calendar.

Click HERE to access “Arts Education for America’s Students: A Shared Endeavor,” a joint statement that asserts the importance of high-quality arts education. The statement urges public policy leaders to provide a systemic and rigorous arts education for all students by leveraging the expertise and experience of multiple partners, including certified arts educators, certified non-arts educators and community arts providers.

Teaching Artist Profiles

The artists on the Teaching Artist Roster represent creative writing,  dance, folk, ethnic and traditional arts,  media arts, music, theatre, storytelling, and visual arts. All artists on this roster have been officially approved by peer panels for artistic and educational excellence, and the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. Visit the teaching artist page to learn more about how to apply.

Some of our artists are also listed on  am_icon_npu_button_75px

Technical Assistance Outreach

Our staff is happy to provide technical assistance to schools and organizations interested in applying for grant funding, developing arts education plans for their sites, identifying potential artists, locating resources, and obtaining guidance on how to inform stakeholders about the importance of arts education. Please call 801.236.7557 to schedule an appointment.

Traveling Exhibitions Program

Traveling exhibitions are a collaborative partnership with Utah museums, colleges, university and community galleries, arts and cultural centers, libraries and schools. These exhibitions are taken on tour around the state with accompanying educational materials. The exhibitions provide public access to quality visual arts, nurture understanding of diverse art forms and cultures, and promote creativity and encourage cultural activities in local communities. Exhibitions are available to schools, colleges, museums, libraries, and community and cultural centers in Utah.

Download an information sheet on the Arts Education program.

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 | Open Saturdays from 10-2, Nov 11-Apr 21 for Winter Market
Closed Sunday
300 S Rio Grande Street SLC, UT 84101
Free and open to the public


Statewide Annual 2017: Painting, Sculpture, & Installation

November 17, 2017 – January 12, 2018 | Opening Reception: November 17, 2017 6-9 pm

The Statewide Annual competition and exhibition provides exposure to both emerging and established Utah artists through public display, publicity, awards and publication of catalogs. 2017 features painting, sculpture & installation work and was juried by two distinguished out-of-state jurors, Dr. Jan Schall and Zhi Lin.






Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

The Rio Gallery is a member of the

Salt Lake Gallery Stroll Logo

Alice Gallery

The Alice Gallery is located at the historic Glendinning Mansion in Salt Lake City, Utah, 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.

The gallery hosts exhibitions by Utah artists and works from the State Fine Art Collection. 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.

Past ExhibitionsUpcoming Exhibitions

Tuesday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm | Closed Saturday & Sunday
617 East South Temple SLC, UT 84102
Free and open to the public

The Alice Gallery will be closed November 23rd for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
We will be open Friday, November 24th


November 17, 2017 – January 12, 2018
Artist Reception during Gallery Stroll: December 1, 2017 | 6 – 9 pm 

Ten artists were asked a simple question: how has being a father affected your art? The artists, who represent a variety of mediums and life stages, each approached the simple question in a different way in the exhibition Artist/Dad.

Artist Daniel Barney, a father of three, reflected on the intense concern he felt for the safety of his newborn daughter while she slept in a crib next to his bed twenty-three years ago. Barney says that, “Fatherhood is a complex concept that does not directly correlate with painting, but these works are artistic impulses of that moment,”

Fatherhood taught Spencer Budd that he is by no means perfect and failure is a part of the learning process. He draws from what he has learned as he creates his work. “The possibility of failure is always present, but it is often my failings that result in a work that is fresh, spontaneous, and interesting.”

Both Namon Bills and Tyler Swain collaborated with their young children on each work. Bills, who allowed his 3-year old to paint on some of his existing work before finishing it himself, said, “Being a father brings its share of interruptions to current plans and trajectories. While these changes are difficult for a planner such as myself to swallow, they also lead to unexpected adventures, new opportunities, and greater outcomes than I would have experienced on my own.”

Swain’s approach was to let his son start and finish each work. “I wanted to not only express the idea of how being a father has influenced my artistic pursuits, but to actually allow my son to share in the creative process with me, resulting in a collaborative piece. I let him draw whatever he wanted to on each panel, name the piece, and tell me what was going on in his narrative.”

Justin Wheatley’s interpretation of the question came down to the influence making and consuming art has on his family. “My children are the driving force behind my work. As I thought about this show, I realized that, though I feel some burden to produce work in order to provide, I feel more need to make art in order to share the joy and struggle that comes along with it.”

Other artists participating in Artist/Dad: Fidalis Beuhler, Jeffrey Hale, Jorge Rojas, Colby Sanford, Steven Stradley, Duston Todd, and Clinton Whiting.



Contact the Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

The Alice Gallery is a member of the

Salt Lake Gallery Stroll Logo

Letters About Literature: Annual Writing Contest for Young Readers

25th Annual Writing Contest 2017-2018

Theme:  How did an author’s work change your view of the world or yourself?

2017-2018 Guidelines & Application (pdf)

Deadlines & Length of Letters:

Level 3: Grades 9-12
Postmarked by: January 12, 2018
Level 2: Grades 7-8
Postmarked by: January 12, 2018
Level 1: Grades 4-6
Postmarked by: January 12, 2018

About Letters About Literature

Letters About Literature is an annual national reading-writing contest for students in grades 4-12. To enter, readers write a personal letter to an author (living or dead), stating how reading his or her work changed the reader or the reader’s view of the world. Letters About Literature is a program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Read Winning Letters from Past Competitions

For more information or assistance contact:

Sharon Deeds
Youth Services Coordinator
Phone Number   (801) 715-6742 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address