Utah Arts & Museums
Utah Arts & Museums (UA&M) seeks to advance Utahns’ quality of life through arts and museum experiences and cultural opportunities. We are a service organization offering a variety of professional development opportunities and grants to serve our constituents. We serve schools, local arts agencies, organizations, community centers, performing groups, museums, and individuals across Utah.
Our agency acts as a state coordinator and advisor on topics of importance to arts and museums communities. We manage the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection, the Utah Percent-for-Art Act public art program, and traveling exhibitions, reaching every county in the state. UA&M is the primary agency in Utah that distributes state and federal funds to stimulate and encourage growth in the creative industries. These funds are appropriated directly for arts and museums by both the Utah State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. We are a division of the Department of Heritage and Arts (DHA) within Utah state government. We include the Utah Arts Board and the Utah Museums Board.
Our goals are to:
Promote the value and impact of our cultural community
Ensure access, inclusion, diversity and equity
Foster sustainable organizations that support community needs
Serve as a statewide resource hub
Align the organization to fulfill our vision
Communicate agency identity
Utah Arts & Museums is a state agency involved in public funding for arts and museums. As a public entity, we reserve the right to make final decisions on the use of public funds for projects, programs, acquisitions, commissions, or other activities as deemed appropriate by the division and/or our boards.
Main Office Phone: 801.236.7540
Victoria Panella Bourns, Director
Natalie Petersen, Assistant Director
Adrienne Decker, Folk Arts Manager
Alyssa Hickman Grove, Communications/Marketing and Literary Arts Manager
Claudia Borjas, Arts Education Coordinator
Courtney Miller, Registrar
Emilie Starr, Administrative Assistant
Emily Johnson, Museum Services Specialist
Fletcher Booth, Traveling Exhibitions Manager
Jason Bowcutt, Community & Performing Arts Manager
Jean Tokuda Irwin, Arts Education Manager
Jennifer Ortiz, Museum Services Manager & Accessibility Coordinator
Jim Glenn, Visual Arts Manager – Public Art & Design Arts
Karen Krieger, Collections Manager
Laurel Cannon Alder, Grants Manager
Nancy Rivera, Visual Arts Coordinator
Rachel Haberman, Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts Administrator
Racquel Cornali, Grants Coordinator
Tracy Hansford, Community Arts Coordinator
VISION: UTAH ARTS & MUSEUMS IS A RELEVANT AND KNOWLEDGEABLE AGENCY WORKING WITH AND FOR UTAHNS TO ENCOURAGE A VIBRANT AND CULTURALLY ENGAGED STATE.
-Utah Arts & Museums Strategic Plan