|UTAHNS CHERISH THEIR CULTURE
The second building in our state was a performance hall dedicated in 1853. Utah is first in the country for participation in the performing arts. And we have the proud distinction of also being the first to institute an arts agency, with the formation of the Utah Arts Council in 1899. Equally auspicious, in 1897, even before the Utah Arts Council was formed, a group of public-spirited Utahns organized the Utah State Historical Society, known today as the Utah Division of State History.
Together, Utah’s history and art collections have more than 32,000 objects each offering insights into understanding and celebrating Utah’s people, places, and cultures.
Yet, despite these riches, Utah is one of just two states that lack a comprehensive state history or heritage collections management facility in which to preserve, curate, and share our state treasures.
EVERY STATE HAS A RICH HISTORY, AND UTAH IS NO EXCEPTION
The collections held in trust by the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts are a treasure trove of manuscripts, rare books, historical artifacts, photographs, paintings, sculpture, and folk art.
For nearly four decades, the agency’s collections have been warehoused in the basement of the Rio Grande Depot and Art Haus with physical and environmental conditions that limit the ability of an entire generation of state employees to properly collect, preserve, and share the collections. Consequently, the public has not had the opportunity to benefit from them. Collections in both buildings face daily threats because of inadequate environmental controls, deteriorated building systems, and destructive natural processes.
A VISION FOR A STATE ARTIFACTS & ART CENTER
In collaboration with state and community partners, Heritage & Arts has a solution that builds on the growing opportunities of the Rio Grande neighborhood in downtown Salt Lake City.
Learn more at >UtahArtifactsAndArt.org
Pictured Above: Utah’s First State Flag