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UA&M Staffing Updates

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is pleased to announce recent staffing changes for our agency. Emily Johnson has been named as our new Field Services Manager, and Em Cebrowski has joined our team as a Program Support Specialist. We are excited for the work both of these individuals will do to help us continue supporting our state’s cultural …

National Arts and Humanities Month. #NAHM21.

National Arts & Humanities Month

The nation’s art agencies, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), have joined together to celebrate the 35th anniversary of National Arts and Humanities Month. Throughout October, the agencies will highlight how the arts and culture help to rebuild the economy, promote health and well-being of individuals …

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Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts

Our Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts is the only museum in the country dedicated to displaying a state-owned collection of contemporary folk art. It features objects made by Utah artists from the state’s American Indian, rural, occupational, and ethnic communities. The museum offers a snapshot of Utah’s contemporary culture and heritage. The Chase Home Museum is always free …

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‘The New Beehive’ Exhibition Is Open

Our Visual Arts and Folk Arts programs have collaborated to present The New Beehive, a contemporary approach to a 1980 exhibition, The Grand Beehive, that explored representations of the beehive symbol in various aspects of Utah culture.  The New Beehive exhibition brings together the work of 30 Utah-based artists who exemplify the diversity of artistic expression in visual media and …

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Public Art Spotlight

The goal of our public art program is to culturally enrich public spaces throughout Utah through the Utah Percent-for-Art Act, which was passed by the Utah State Legislature in 1985. This act designates 1% of construction costs of new and/or renovated state public buildings to be added to the project for the purpose of commissioning, maintaining, and conserving site-specific art …

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Create In Utah, Phase 3

With relief funds provided by the Utah State Legislature, our agency has been able to provide aid to 117 additional organizations that have been affected by the loss of concerts, live theater, cultural events, and tourism through Create In Utah, Phase 3. These allocations are an investment by the legislature in Utah’s cultural community that ensure our cultural organizations have …

Social Impact Study.

38 U.S. Museums Selected for Measurement of Museum Social Impact Study

With a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS), the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, in partnership with Thanksgiving Point, has selected 38 museums from across the United States to participate in the Measurement of Museum Social Impact (MOMSI) study. These museums will study social impact in their communities, helping the Division further refine …

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StEPs-UT Recognized with National Leadership Award of Excellence

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) recently recognized our StEPs-UT program with a National Leadership Award of Excellence. Our museums program, in partnership with Utah Humanities and Utah Division of State History, administered the StEPs-UT Jumpstart Pilot Program. This program engaged a cohort of seven small history museums in Utah over two years with training, individual mentoring, …

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Website Accessibility Project

Our agency is committed to enhancing the accessibility of all our services. A key part of this is the accessibility of our website. To that end, we’ve initiated a website accessibility project in an effort to increase the ability of all individuals to access our digital resources and services. Leading this effort is Will Bubenik, a part-time addition to our …

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SENATE ART COMPETITION AWARDS NIGHT

On April 30, 2021, the finalists of the Senate Art Competition were given their awards at a reception at the Utah State Capitol. Although COVID-19 prevented the awards ceremony from being held during the session on the Senate floor, UA&M and the Senate were happy to have the opportunity this night to honor those students who shared their talents and …

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2021 Artist Reveal at the Governor’s Mansion

On April 28, Governor and Mrs. Cox celebrated living artists whose works were selected for display at the Governor’s Mansion. Artists and their families were invited to an evening event at the Mansion for a guided tour and artwork reveal. As the tour moved through the Mansion, each artist was given the opportunity to speak directly about their specific work …

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‘Navajo Children: Weaving the Future’ On Display at State Capitol

“Navajo Children: Weaving the Future,” from our Traveling Exhibitions Program, is now on display on the fourth floor of the Utah State Capitol.  This collection, on loan from the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program, showcases rugs and blankets weaved by talented Navajo children living in the Navajo Nation. While handmade rugs and blankets have always been an important part of Native American culture …