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AmeriCorps, Senior Corps Members Honored for Community Service

Local leaders throughout Utah will celebrate the impact of those serving their communities through the national service programs AmeriCorps and Senior Corps during the annual Day of Recognition.

The nationwide, bipartisan Mayor, County, and Tribal Recognition Day for National Service allows community leaders to thank those provide service and organize volunteers to address a wide variety of social needs. In Utah, 71 towns, cities, and counties will hold events to honor the 5,100 national service members serving in the state.

The initiative is being led by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other volunteer programs, in partnership with the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties (NACo), and Cities of Service.

“We are proud to be working with city and county leaders across America as we continue to strengthen communities through national service,” said Kim Mansaray, Acting Chief Executive Officer for the CNCS. “Local leaders get things done and they know firsthand the value of national service in tackling problems. I commend the participating mayors and county leaders for working with us to improve lives and strengthen communities through national service.”

In Utah, the effort is being coordinated in partnership with UServeUtah, the Governor-appointed state service commission integral to $15.7 million in national service funding to nonprofits and other community-based organizations each year.

“National service shows the best of the American spirit — people turning toward problems and working together to find community solutions,” said UServeUtah Director LaDawn Stoddard. “Today, as we recognize national service members for their dedication, let’s all recommit to reach out and find ways to volunteer and make a difference.”

Each year, the AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members work in 900 locations to build safer, stronger, and healthier communities. These everyday heroes support veterans and military families, respond to disasters, assist the elderly, tutor and mentor children, restore the environment, increase economic opportunity, and recruit and manage volunteers. Participating mayors and county officials will visit AmeriCorps and Senior Corps service sites, join in service projects, present proclamations, and host thank you events recognizing the contributions of national service.

Media interested in covering an event on April 4 can contact Josh Loftin, public information officer with the Department of Heritage & Arts, for more details. A full list of participating mayors and county leaders can be found on the CNCS website.

Two Utah Artists Awarded $10,000 Fellowships


The Utah Division of Arts & Museums proudly announces Jonathan Frioux of Holladay and Jean Richardson of Salt Lake City as the $10,000 Visual Arts Fellowship recipients for 2017.
This year’s juror, Gilbert Vicario, is The Selig Family Chief Curator at the Phoenix Art Museum. He selected both of the fellowship winners, who will receive the funding to further their artistic goals and professional development. Continue reading

Director Named for Utah Division of Arts & Museums

SALT LAKE CITY — Victoria Panella Bourns has been named the director of the The Utah Division of Arts & Museums.

Panella Bourns has directed the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks (ZAP) program for the past 12 years. The program distributes approximately $14 million annually to more than 170 arts and cultural organizations. Prior to joining ZAP, she assisted cultural organizations and other nonprofits with strategic planning, board development, and executive searches through Panella Consulting.

“Victoria has been a leader in the arts community for decades,” said Jill Remington Love, executive director of the Department of Heritage & Arts. The Division of Arts & Museums is one of six divisions within the department. “She’s familiar with the division’s role and will have an immediate, positive influence on its many programs.” Continue reading

Utah Artists Search For Their Own “Great Good Place” At Alice Gallery

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums presents The Great Good Place, an exhibition at the Alice Gallery from March 10th through May 5th.

An artist’s reception will be held April 21st from 6-9 p.m. for Gallery Stroll. The Alice Gallery is located at 617 E. South Temple and is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 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.”

The Rio & Alice Galleries were created as a service to Utah artists. They provide free venues for emerging and established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art making and dialogue. For more information on exhibition and other program opportunities visit visualarts.utah.gov.

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

Archival S.L. Tribune Photos Offer Glimpse of Mid-Century Life in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — More than 170,000 photographs from the archives of The Salt Lake Tribune are now publicly available through the Utah Division of State History Digital Collections.

The wide assortment of pictures taken by Tribune photographers from the 1930s to the 1960s capture the major news events of the mid-20th century, from the derailment of a train in Bingham Canyon to visits by political figures such as former presidents Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy. But many other pictures offer a glimpse into life in Utah during the period, through images such as a baseball game at Derk’s Field (pictured), the Salt Lake Christmas parade, or summer fireworks. Continue reading

Winning Utah Student Artists Exhibit Work at Utah Capitol

Twenty-seven high school students were honored recently in the chambers of the Utah Senate for their work in annual Utah Senate Visual Arts Scholarship Competition.

Each of the students were presented scholarships of $5,000 to $300 by their state senator, depending on their placement in the compeition. The scholarships will be deposited in an account through the Utah Educational Savings Plan.

Students submitted artwork with images of the Utah landscape, and judging was done by an independent panel. The competition, an initiative of Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, is sponsored by the President’s office, the Utah State Senate, Art Works for Kids, Comcast, Zion’s Bank, KeyBank, and the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.

“We were pleased with the amount of participation in this special art competition,” Utah Arts & Museums Director Gay Cookson said. “This is an important showcase for the talented high school students in Utah and how the arts are an important part of their education.”

The winning art work will be exhibited on the third floor corridor of the Utah State Capitol through the 2017 Utah Legislative Session. The 1st place art work, Dead Horse Point (pictured below) by Cadence Peterson of Maple Mountain High School in Nebo School District, will remain permanently in the Utah Senate suite.

Students from Alpine, Beaver, Cache, Canyons, Daggett, Davis, Duchesne, Granite, Iron, Jordan, Juab, North Sanpete, Ogden, Provo, Salt Lake City, Sevier, San Juan, Tooele, Uintah, Washington, Weber School districts, charter and private schools participated – a total of 232 students from 21 of the 41 school districts.

The student winners included:
1st Place –Nebo School District, Maple Mountain High School – Cadence Peterson
2nd Place – Canyons School District, Jordan High School – Tiffany Castillo
3rd Place – Davis School District, Woods Cross High School – Jacob McKee

Honorable Mentions:

  • Davis School District, Davis High School – Emily Ellis
  • Iron County School District, Cedar High School – Lauren Marchant
  • San Juan School District, Monticello High School – Easton Bowring
  • Uintah School District, Uintah High School – Hope Martushev
  • Granite School District, Olympus High School – Eliza Anderson
  • Salt Lake City School District, Highland High School – Samantha Dunaway
  • Washington School District, Snow Canyon High School – Zaida Machado
  • Granite School District, Granger High School – Brynleigh Rosier
  • Logan, Fast Forward Charter High School – Analia Evans
  • Nebo School District, Maple Mountain High School – Emily Johnson
  • Weber School District, Weber High School – Bradley Gray
  • Granite School District, Cottonwood High School – Christopher Woodward
  • Alpine School District, Westlake High School – Aubary Wilson
  • Jordan School District, Herriman School – Adam Anderson
  • Duchesne School District, Union High School – Quentin Drake
  • Provo School District, Provo High School – Rebekah Campbell
  • Daggett School District, Manila High School – Cody Smith
  • Alpine School District, Skyridge High School – Rhiannon Gray
  • Jordan School District, Herriman High School – Annie Bearden
  • Ogden School District, Ben Loman High School – Raquel Juarez
  • North Sanpete School District, North Sanpete High School – Ethan Ostraff
  • Davis School District, Bountiful High School – Sarah Gould
  • Home School – Riley Cruz
  • Alpine School District, Timpanogos High School – Lindsay Palmatier