Change Leader


The Change Leader Program is a professional development course with an active network of course graduates. Participants attend a three-day immersive institute with instruction on assessing environments and the communication and facilitation skills necessary to implement change. Following the institute, Change Leaders practice these skills by completing a certification project. These certified Change Leaders form a network of leaders that share a common language, mentor each other, and convene through leadership circles and conferences.


The Change Leader Institute is a professional development course that addresses leadership issues in relation to leading change. Our goals are to better equip arts, museums, and cultural leaders to deal with environmental and organizational change and to create a statewide support network for Utah's cultural community.

**Please note that there is currently a wait-list for the Change Leader Institute. We will resume taking applications as soon as possible.

Upcoming Institutes

November 15 - 17, 2021 at Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab, UT.

          Moab Utah Web Cam

Certification Projects

To complete their training, Change Leaders design a project, applying the concepts they learned in the Institute. After examining their environment to identify a need, they plan a response, engage others, identify resources, negotiate, honor resistance, adjust plans as necessary and implement change.  Each certification project is unique.

"The Change Leader program taught me incredible skills that i could use to impact my community in so many ways."


Click HERE to see the complete roster of Change Leaders.


Conferences for certified Change Leaders are held twice a year. Conferences provide training from high quality facilitators and a chance to network with members of the Change Leader network. Conferences also showcase certifying Change Leaders as they present their certification projects.


For the first time ever we are uniting Change Leaders from Utah, Idaho, Colorado, and Washington. Come meet your fellow Change Leaders from our neighboring states. We are SO excited to be presenting Sarah Noll Wilson. 

Sarah's keynote presentation will be: "Don’t Feed the Elephant! Overcoming the art of avoidance to build powerful partnerships."

Wednesday, June 2, 2021
9:30am - 12pm MST on Zoom

More Information
Questions - Please email Tracy Hansford,


Leadership Circles are regional gathering held for certified Change Leaders. As we plan these meetings we reach out to Change Leaders and invite them to attend. All Change Leaders are welcome to attend any Leadership Circle.

We truly enjoyed gathering virtually this year. As we plan more we will share information.

Creative change Scholarships - Formerly Random acts of art

Closed for FY21 - Will reopen soon for FY22

Creative Change Scholarships fund projects spearheaded by Change Leaders, which encourage innovative cultural engagement in communities with special attention to projects that advance inclusion, diversity, equity and/or accessibility. Scholarships can range from cultural projects to targeted community-based activities.

Goals of the scholarship include:

    • Assist Change Leaders in building value and increasing connections within their communities.
    • Support “push projects” that are outside of normal organizational activities or programming.
    • Illustrate the impact of arts or museums in meeting social/community needs.
    • Strengthen and raise awareness of the Change Leader Program.

Click HERE to view the guidelines.
Click HERE to apply.

Final Reports are now online! Access them HERE.

To log in to the online application for this scholarship, Change Leaders can visit
Please note: The online grants system works best if viewed in Chrome or Firefox web browsers.


Jason Bowcutt
Community Arts Manager

Laurel Cannon Alder
Grants Manager

Tracy Hansford
Community Arts Coordinator