A group of actors in colorful 18th-century costumes takes a bow in front of an audience.

Utah SVOG Recipients

One hundred and fourteen Utah institutions were significantly helped by the influx of funding from the federal Shuttered Venues Operating Grant (SVOG) in 2021. The total amount awarded to Utah cultural groups was $164,556,613. We’re pleased that Utah cultural organizations were awarded this much-needed assistance. List of 2021 Utah SVOG Recipients Image: “Beauty and the Beast” at Tuacahn Center for …

National Arts and Humanities Month.

October is National Arts & Humanities Month

Each October, we’re thrilled to join the entire nation in celebrating National Arts & Humanities Month and National Book Month. On September 30, President Biden issued a proclamation designating October 2022 as National Arts and Humanities Month in celebration of the significance of the arts, humanities, and museum and library services to our nation.  The Proclamation includes the announcement of a new Executive …

A painting of the interior of a theatre in the 1890s depicting an audience watching a ballet performance.

Donor’s Corner: ‘Salt Lake Theatre’ by E. Merrill Van Frank

This month in our ArtsMuse newsletter, we’re featuring “Salt Lake Theatre,” a work from 1947 by E. Merrill Van Frank, donated by Sheila and Megan Van Frank. This is part of a collection of murals created by Van Frank for Auerbach’s Department Store. The murals were displayed in their downtown Salt Lake retail space in celebration of Utah’s 1947 centennial …

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Mapping Literary Utah

Our Utah Poet Laureate 2017-2022, Paisley Rekdal, expanded on her Mapping Salt Lake City project to create a wonderful literary resource called Mapping Literary Utah. This beautiful website is a collection that aims to chart the state’s expansive literary landscape, encouraging readers to explore connections between authors, their creative work, and their environments, or even between different authors attached to the same place over time. The site has …

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Farewell to the Glendinning Home

On October 19, 2018, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums celebrated 40 years in its main offices, located in Salt Lake City’s historic Glendinning Home at 617 East South Temple. Now, after 44 wonderful years, our agency will be moving from the Glendinning Home. To read more about the 40th-anniversary celebration of the agency’s tenure in 2018 – including …

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Putting Museum Social Impact on the Map

Over the last two years, our staff has been busy advancing the museum social impact work piloted in Utah. In partnership with Thanksgiving Point Institute, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums received an IMLS National Leadership Grant for the Measurement of Museum Social Impact (MOMSI) project. MOMSI is currently working to measure social impact at 38 museums across the …

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New Utah Poet Laureate Lisa Bickmore

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Bickmore as Utah Poet Laureate. The Utah Poet Laureate is a Governor-appointed advocate for literature and the arts throughout the state who presents in communities, schools, libraries, and public events. The position was established in 1997. Bickmore follows Paisley Rekdal, who was Utah Poet Laureate …

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Staff Highlight: Marie Desrochers

Marie Desrochers currently serves as the Preservation Outreach Coordinator for our division. In this role, she has launched the Utah Collections Preservation Program, which provides training for small collecting institutions across the state. This work is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and it strives to increase preventive conservation knowledge for all heritage stewards. Marie graduated in 2021 …

Japantown in the heart of Salt Lake City.

Japantown Exhibition

Our Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts is proud to present “Japantown in the Heart of Salt Lake City,” an exhibition running from April 29 through June 30. Focused on Salt Lake City’s Japantown, this exhibition includes:• Japanese American arts and crafts• A brief history of Japanese Americans in Utah• Information about the current Japantown Street Redesign Project

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Staff Highlight: Reilly Jensen

Reilly Jensen is the Museum Field Services Coordinator at the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, where she supports community-focused projects and initiatives serving 250+ museums across the state of Utah. Reilly brings a decade of experience working as an archaeologist, educator, freelance scientific illustrator, and cultural heritage consultant, including a portfolio of work from across the Arabian Peninsula and …

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End of a Poet Laureate Era

Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal ended her five-year term this month. Her service to our state has been wonderful, and our agency would like to thank her for her extraordinary work throughout her term. She wrote a terrific post on her social media accounts recently, summing up what she did while she was poet laureate. Check it out below.  From …