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 …

Utah Cultural Sector Community Updates

Below is an archive of our Utah Cultural Sector Community Update newsletters. 2020 10 14 Utah Cultural Sector: UPDATED COVID GUIDELINES 2020 10 5 Utah Cultural Sector: CURATOR POSITION 2020 9 25 Utah Cultural Sector Community Update 2020 9 11 Utah Cultural Sector Community Update 2020 9 4 Utah Cultural Sector Community Update 2020 8 20 Utah Cultural Sector Call …

Time for Creative Thinking

Our friend Victoria Lyons of the arts education organization Bad Dog Arts recently shared a lovely message with us: “One of the big things that we have taught children and teens through the years is all about creative problem-solving skills. Now we get to test out those skills for ourselves. Our mantra has been Imagine, Dare, Create. We are being …

Support Your Favorite Cultural Organizations

Like many industries, Utah’s cultural community has been hit hard. Performing groups were shut down first, since many performance venues serve more than 100 people. Plus, most of our museums and performances will be the last to come back online. If you want a strong, vital cultural community when COVID-19 is over, consider these activities to support your favorite artist, …

Utah COVID-19 Announcement

3/12/2020 Announcements from Gov. Gary R. Herbert, the Utah COVID-19 Community Task Force, the Utah Department of Health, and the Utah Association of Local Health Departments These proactive measures to limit the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Utah communities are effective for the next two weeks beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020. At that time, the Utah Coronavirus Task …