Utah Arts Council

Established in 1899 by the Utah Legislature three short years after Utah received statehood, the Utah Arts Council (UAC) is the primary agency through which Utah State Legislature appropriations and funds from the National Endowment for the Arts combine to stimulate and advance the arts in all their phases in the state. The Council supports individual artists, arts and cultural organizations and constituents by:

  • state coordinator and advisor
  • assist with professional development where needed
  • providing direct matching grants to more than 200 nonprofit organizations across the state
  • conducting programs which provide more than 500 outreach services to schools, local arts councils and organizations, community centers, performing groups and individual artists
  • serving as a catalyst for arts programming throughout the state
  • assisting arts organizations, groups and individuals in bringing the arts to the people of Utah

The Board of Directors of the Utah Arts Council is a policy-making board composed of 13 members, each appointed to a four-year term by the Governor and ratified by the Utah Senate. Nine seats are dedicated to representatives of the following disciplines: architecture, dance, folk arts, media, music, theatre, sculpture, literature and visual arts. Four seats are appointed from the community at large.

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Utah Arts Council Board Members

Ken Verdoia Cottonwood Heights, Journalist, Media Arts
Johann Jacobs Chair Salt Lake City, Director of Development, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Dance
Natalie Young Cedar City, Sugar House Review, Literary Arts
Caitlin Gochnour Ogden, Former Member, Ogden City Council
Amy Jorgensen Ephraim, Granary Art Center, Visual Arts
Lisa Arnett Salt Lake City, Prescott Muir Architects, Architecture
Jansen Davis Centerville, Centerpoint Legacy Theatre, Performing Arts
Clive Romney Salt Lake City, Director, Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts, Folk Arts
Heidi Prokop Salt Lake City, Zions Bank, At-Large
Krista Sorenson Salt Lake City, Director, Sorenson Impact Foundation Board, At-Large
Jeni Wilson Layton, At-Large

Office of Museum Services

The Office of Museum Services’ mission is to advance the value of museums within Utah and to enable the broadest physical, intellectual and emotional access to collections and programs. The Office assists Utah museums in improving their ability to:

  • care for and manage collections
  • develop quality educational resources
  • provide access to collections for research
  • identify and successfully compete for financial resources

The Advisory Board for the Office of Museum Services is composed of 11 members, each appointed to a four-year term by the Governor. A minimum of at least six members must be qualified, trained and experienced museum professionals. The remaining five seats are appointed from the community at large.

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Office of Museum Services Board Members

Tim Glenn Green, RiverJohn Wesley Powell River History Museum
Susan Stevenson Layton, At-Large
Diana Azevedo St. George, Dinosaur Discovery Site
Mike Washburn Lehi, President and CEO, Thanksgiving Point, At-Large
Shane Gosdis Salt Lake City, Senior Associate, Vantus Law Group, At-Large
Sharon Johnson Logan, Cache County DUP Museum,Museum Professional
Bill Sanders Layton, Pioneer Histories Manager, Heritage Museum of Layton, Museum Professiona
Rita Wright Chair Springville, Executive Director, Springville Museum of Art, Museum Professiona
Carl Camp Vice Chair Fillmore, Director of Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum, Museum Professiona
Erin Litvack Salt Lake City, Deputy Mayor/Chief Administrative Office, Salt Lake County, At-Large

Arts & Culture Business Alliance

Established in 2015 by the Utah State Legislature to support arts, culture, and business alliances in Utah.

Arts & Culture Business Alliance Members

Rick Horne Chair Salt Lake City
Marcia Price Salt Lake City
Kelly Stowell Kanab
James Huntsman Salt Lake City
Craig Jessop Logan
Lt. Governor Spencer Cox Fairview
Victoria Panella Bourns Salt Lake City

Glass Menagerie, Utah Arts
L-R: Hanley Smith, and Logan James Hall