Creative Aging Report

From our friends at Aroha Philanthropies: “The creative aging movement is gaining momentum, and we’re happy to share the evidence with you. In 2017, the National Guild for Community Arts Education surveyed their member organizations and learned only 8% of students were 65+, and less than 30% reported having any engagement with older adults. Knowing there will be more Americans over 65 …

UA&M Response to COVID-19

Here’s an overview of the ways in which our agency responded to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. Admin and Communications:  Collaborated with cultural partners on regular video calls with Utah cultural community Began weekly e-newsletters to Utah cultural community with COVID-related resources Created new webpage containing COVID-19 resources Held series of video conversations with constituents, organized by area of interest: …

People in a city sit on blankets in a park and watch an outdoor film.

Why We Engage: Attending, Creating, and Performing Art

The National Endowment for the Arts has released “Why We Engage: Attending, Creating, and Performing Art,” a report analyzing data from the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts and the 2016 General Social Survey to identify common motivations and barriers for adults in deciding whether to participate in arts activities. Give it a read!

Create In Utah, Phases 1 & 2

Using funds appropriated by the Utah Legislature from the federal CARES Act, our agency has given Create In Utah grants to 122 organizations affected by the loss of concerts, live theater, cultural events, and tourism. The funding must be partially used to host an event or activity that will increase visitors and tourism. Through these allocations, the legislature is investing …

Shop Local on Artists Sunday

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is supporting the first annual Artists Sunday, a nationwide event on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 29, encouraging consumers to shop with artists and craftspeople. It’s like Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, but for shopping for art. Shop with local artists and give something special, unique, and hand-crafted this holiday season. By …

UA&M Director Is Honored

We’re so proud to note that our director, Vicki Panella Bourns, has been awarded the Utah Museums Association’s 2020 Public Service Award. This award is given to an individual who has served or is serving in a governmental capacity who, in the scope of their duties, has rendered vital assistance or support to Utah’s museum community. From the Utah Museums …

Create In Utah Phase 1

Fifteen organizations affected by the loss of concerts, live theater, and tourism have been approved for emergency grants. The organizations receiving funds are among the state’s largest entertainment venues and cultural groups, with anticipated combined losses of more than $100 million since the beginning of the pandemic. The $9 million in grants was appropriated by the Utah Legislature from the …

Creativity and Persistence

The National Endowment for the Arts recently published Creativity and Persistence: Art that Fueled the Fight for Women’s Suffrage as part of the centennial celebration of passage of the 19th amendment. The book commemorates how the arts were used to change the image of women in America and illustrate the importance of their full participation in society and politics. Throughout the long …

COVID-19 Arts Impact Survey

The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) has released a findings report from its survey on the early impact of COVID-19 on the arts and cultural economy in the West. Nearly 800 survey responses were received and indicate that artists, arts nonprofits, and creative businesses (such as design firms, galleries, and photography studios) are facing significant financial challenges from the COVID crisis with limited levels …

AFTA Updates with Nina Ozlu Tunceli

We hosted an informational Zoom webinar with Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs, Americans for the Arts; & Executive Director, Americans for the Arts Action Fund. The webinar was geared to cultural organizations of all sizes, and it covered CARES Act funding and other COVID-19-related resources. The webinar was held June 17, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. …

Some Good (Arts) News

From our friends at Americans for the Arts comes information about COVID-19’s impact on the arts across the country as of early May: Nationally, financial losses to nonprofit arts organizations are estimated to be $4.98 billion, to date. Arts organizations have lost 208 million admissions due to cancelled events, resulting in a $6.6 billion loss in event-related spending by audiences (restaurants, …

UA&M Virtual Conversations

Our agency has been hosting discipline-specific online conversations with our constituents. These conversations are an opportunity for us to share updates, and for peer-to-peer sharing. Below are notes from virtual meetings we’ve held so far. Facilities for Performing Arts Call Notes August 7, 2020Video Recording Facilities for Performing Arts Call Notes June 12, 2020Video Recording Facilities for Performing Arts Call Notes May …