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Opening Doors through Art

by Rozanna Benally-Sagg In the Montezuma Creek community, where Georgiana Simpson teaches art at Whitehorse High School, she is providing learning opportunities in a supportive environment. In particular, she encourages students to reflect on their own personal strengths as tools for success. “I encourage my students to use their strengths and skills to help others,” Simpson said. This year, Simpson …

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Legislative Committee Prioritizes $3.5 Million in Additional Grants Funding

After reviewing hundreds of requests for funding, the Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations Subcommittee placed additional funding for cultural grants near the top of their funding recommendations. The subcommittee unanimously recommended $3.5 million in ongoing grants funding for arts organizations and museums, slightly more than half of what was proposed by Gov. Gary Herbert in December. But even that …

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Additional Grants Funding: Questions and Answers

Governor Gary R. Herbert’s proposal for an additional $6 million for the arts and museums grants pool would provide significant, important boosts to arts organizations and museums. In this post, we will attempt to address general questions that have been raised. What is the specific proposal, and how will it impact current funding? The governor proposed $6 million in ongoing …

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Additional $6 Million in Arts and Museums Grants Proposed by Gov. Gary Herbert

Gov. Gary Herbert has proposed an additional $6 million in grant funding for arts organizations, museums, and cultural groups. The governor included the proposal as part of his budget presentation, highlighting the benefit of arts and culture for quality of life and community-focused growth. The funding is included in the proposed budget increase for the Department of Heritage & Arts, …

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Utah Arts & Museums Celebrates 40 Years at Glendinning Home

On October 19, 2018, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums celebrated 40 years in its main offices, located in the historic Glendinning Home at 617 East South Temple in Salt Lake City. It was an exciting day, but first, a little history. The National Endowment for the Arts was established in 1965. The Utah Art Institute and its advisory …

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Zions Bank earns national recognition for supporting Utah arts, grant by grant by grant

Utah’s arts groups are offering a standing ovation to Zions Bank, which received a prestigious national award at a New York City ceremony on Oct. 2. The Utah company has been added to the Americans for the Arts’ BCA 10 list, celebrating the country’s ten best businesses partnering with the arts. The bank was the only Utah company named to …

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Utah Arts & Museums Recognizes 2018 Legislative Champions

The Utah Division of Arts and Museums is pleased to inaugurate the Alice Merrill Horne Legislative Champion Award. This award acknowledges elected officials who initiate legislation to ensure Utah’s arts, culture, and heritage can thrive and grow. Alice Merrill Horne was our first legislative champion. In 1899, she sponsored the bill creating the first state arts agency in the nation. …

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Rio Gallery Exhibit Challenges the Consumerism of Art

Two Utah artists use abstract paintings, found objects, and a multidimensional installation as vehicles to express their concerns about an increased emphasis on consumerism and audiences who see art as merely a luxury. The exhibit postmodernposh, featuring Nolan Flynn and Mitchell Lee and presented by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, opens July 13 and run through August 31 at …

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Two Public Art Projects in Utah Get National Recognition

Public art projects at the Utah Department of Health and the University of Utah, as well as the Utah Public Art Program, have been recognized among the best projects nationally in 2017. Americans for the Arts chose 49 projects nationally for the Public Art Network Year in Review program, the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public …

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Recent Acquisitions

Recent Acquisitions for State-owned Art Collection Showcased in New Alice Gallery Exhibition Hosted in the state-owned Alice Gallery, Recent is an exhibition of works that highlights acquisitions into the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Collection from the past five years. Recent will be on display from July 13th to September 7th, 2018. The Alice Gallery is located at 617 …