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UA&M Secures New Funding for Creative Aging

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UA&M) recently secured new funding from a national grant program to advance creative aging programs for older adults in Utah.  Recognizing that older adults have many contributions to make to their communities — but that they often face ageism and isolation and have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 — UA&M sought funding from …

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New Storage System at ArtHaus Post-Earthquake

Last year, northern Utah experienced an earthquake that resulted in damage to our racking system that stores pieces from the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection. About 70 percent of the collection is stored at our art storage facility, loving dubbed the ArtHaus, and at the time of the earthquake, there were close to 900 pieces of artwork …

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NEH Grant to Support Humanities Collections

Our museums staff, in partnership with Utah Humanities, have been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create the Utah Community Preservation Program, which will train professionals across the state who manage cultural collections. One conservator will be hired to coordinate the program and serve as lead instructor for a series of 24 online and eight …

Our Director Honored by Sundance and Zions Bank

The 2021 Sundance Film Festival held a virtual Women’s Leadership Celebration to honor women who guided Utah through 2020. We’re delighted that our director, Victoria Panella Bourns, was selected to be among the honorees. Throughout 2020, Vicki led our organization with vision and compassion as we used our resources to help Utah artists, arts organizations, and museums navigate the pandemic. …

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How the Arts Drive Economic Recovery

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, in collaboration with the Western States Arts Federation and Prof. Douglas S. Noonan of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, headed a research effort in light of the current challenges facing the United States economy to better understand the role of the arts sector. From NASAA:  “In recent years, data have emerged that reveal that …

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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 …

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UA&M Response to COVID-19

Admin and Communications:  Collaborated with cultural partners on regular cultural sector virtual updates with Utah’s cultural community Began weekly e-newsletters to Utah cultural community with COVID-related resources Created & frequently updated  webpage containing COVID-19 resources Held series of virtual conversations with constituents, organized by area of interest: presenters, facility managers, Change Leaders, Local Arts Agencies, folk and individual artists, grantees …

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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!

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …