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Utah Poet Laureate Lisa Bickmore Receives $50,000 Grant from Academy of American Poets

We’re pleased to announce that Utah Poet Laureate Lisa Bickmore will be one of 23 poets laureate across the United States to receive an award of $50,000 for creative projects from the Academy of American Poets.  Bickmore will create and digitally archive micro-editions of chapbooks with writers throughout Utah. She will also work with youth and educators to publish broadsides …

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The Arts and Healing

Our assistant director, Natalie Petersen, recently wrote a wonderful blog post for Get Healthy Utah about the connection between the arts and healing in the area of mental health. Give it a read at this link or by viewing this PDF.

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Staff Highlight: Jenna Ehlinger

Jenna Ehlinger is our new Chase Home Museum Administrator and Accessibility Coordinator for the division. She has a master’s degree in folklore and public culture from the University of Oregon, a B.S. in anthropology from Wisconsin Lutheran College, and is a certified archaeologist. She got her start in museums working for the Milwaukee Public Museum’s anthropology department as an intern …

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Creative Aging at Saltgrass Printmakers

Our agency has distributed funding to support creative aging initiatives. Here’s a highlight of Saltgrass Printmakers, one of our grantees through this project. We recently interviewed Stefanie Dykes, the host of a 10-person workshop at Saltgrass, to find out more.  Q: Tell us a little about the project. A: At Saltgrass Printmakers, the Creative Aging participants are learning how to …

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Check out ‘Along 89’ at Chase Home Museum

For nearly a century, U.S. Highway 89 has served as the backbone for the state, connecting the Bear River Mountains along the Idaho border to Red Rock Country in Southern Utah. Along the way, the road winds through rural farming communities and the heart of urban neighborhoods through the Wasatch Front. Utah Heritage Highway 89 is an adventure through scenic …

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Cultural Industry Advocacy Day 2023

With Utah’s cultural community, we celebrated Cultural Industry Advocacy Day on February 7, 2023, at the Utah State Capitol. More than 300 individuals representing arts, entertainment, film, humanities, libraries, museums, and STEM joined together in the rotunda to advocate for a friendly funding and policy environment that enables the industry to best transform lives.  The day was a great success, …

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Governor Includes UA&M Requests in His Budget

We’re pleased that Governor Cox has included several items for our agency in his 2023 budget request. Read the details below.  $75,000 – New Art Transportation Vehicle (one time) $300,000 – Alice Merrill Horne Art Acquisitions and Management (ongoing) $1M – Ongoing for UA&M Grants Budget   $4M – One Time for UA&M Grants Budget

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We’re Moving

As of January 23, 2023, our agency will be housed in our new temporary location at 3760 South Highland Drive, Millcreek, UT 84106. Some of you might be interested in the plans for our new permanent location. We are receiving support from the Division of Facilities and Construction Management and the Governor’s Office as we analyze our space needs and …

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Our Creative Aging Program in NASAA Newsletter

We were delighted to see our Creative Aging Program highlighted in a recent National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) newsletter. Here’s what they had to say: “The Utah Division of Art and Museums (UA&M) used its grant funding and an additional $48,699 in state funding to host the A Lifetime of Arts Elevated initiative. UA&M hired Lifetime Arts, a national leader in creative aging …

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Heart & Hands Awardees

Utah Arts & Museums is proud to recognize three of our board members – Carl Camp, Marcia Price, and Caitlin Gochnour – with the “Heart & Hands” awards. These awards are presented annually at Utah Philanthropy Day, held this year on Tuesday, November 15. Marcia PriceMarcia Price is dedicated to Utah’s arts community and has been leading the charge to …

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Staff Highlight: Ian Hallagan

Ian Hallagan is our new Folk Arts Coordinator, overseeing our Folk Arts Program and the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts. Ian received his MA in performance studies from Texas A&M University in 2016 and his BA in folklore and ethnomusicology from Indiana University in 2014. Ian has worked as Programs Coordinator for Texas Folklife, where he oversaw the …

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Jean Tokuda Irwin Receives NASAA DEI Award

We’re thrilled that our Arts Education Manager, Jean Tokuda Irwin, was recently honored with the 2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Individual Award from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA). Jean truly incorporates our agency’s values of collaboration, openness, and excellence in all her work. Claudia Borjas, our former Arts Education coordinator and Utah’s first Poetry Out Loud champion, …