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 and Link to Video Recording, May 15, 2020 Grants Call Notes and Link to Video Recording, May 5, 2020 Folk Artist …

Utah Cultural Sector Community Updates

Below is an archive of our Utah Cultural Sector Community Update e-newsletters. SPECIAL EDITION: Create in Utah and other grants 2020 7 2 Utah Cultural Sector Community Update 2020 6 25 Utah Cultural Sector Community Update 2020 6 18 Utah Cultural Sector Community Update 2020 6 11 Utah Cultural Sector Community Update 2020 6 5 COVID-19 and Social Justice Resources …

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 …

UA&M’s Economic and Social Impact

The Utah legislative season is upon us, along with Utah’s cultural days on Capitol Hill (Arts Day on the Hill and Museums Advocacy Day among them). We thought we’d share a helpful information sheet that explains why Governor Herbert is proposing a $3 million increase for our agency’s grants budget this year. UA&M Information Sheet

Interview with Jennifer Ortiz

Our own Museums Program Manager, Jennifer Ortiz, was recently interviewed for History News, a publication of The American Association for State and Local History. Jennifer serves on the organization’s council. Check it out here!

Utah Cultural Organizations Are on the Map

Two cultural institutions in Utah recently got shout-outs on the national stage. Granary Arts in Ephraim was listed as one of 10 great DIY art spaces across the country in USA TODAY: “Art flourishes in remote central Utah thanks to artists based in a historic granary building on the high plains.” Amy Jorgensen, executive director/chief curator of Granary Arts, said, …