Change Leader


The Change Leader Program is a professional development course with an active network of course graduates. Participants attend a three-day immersive institute with instruction on assessing environments and the communication and facilitation skills necessary to implement change. Following the institute, Change Leaders practice these skills by completing a certification project. These certified Change Leaders form a network of leaders that share a common language, mentor each other, and convene through leadership circles and conferences.



The Change Leader Institute is a professional development course that addresses leadership issues in relation to leading change. Our goals are to better equip arts, museums, and cultural leaders to deal with environmental and organizational change and to create a statewide support network for Utah's cultural community.

Upcoming Institutes

April 8-10, 2024
Torrey, Utah
Application closes February 9
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"The Change Leader program taught me incredible skills that i could use to impact my community in so many ways."


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Conferences for certified Change Leaders are held twice a year. Conferences provide training from high quality facilitators and a chance to network with members of the Change Leader network. Conferences also showcase certifying Change Leaders as they present their certification projects. If you would like to bring a guest who is not a Change Leader but is interested in the program, please contact Tracy Hansford at


No conference are currently planned. Check back soon!

Certification Projects

To complete their training, Change Leaders design a project, applying the concepts they learned in the Institute. After examining their environment to identify a need, they plan a response, engage others, identify resources, negotiate, honor resistance, adjust plans as necessary and implement change.  Each certification project is unique.


Leadership Circles are regional gathering held for certified Change Leaders. As we plan these meetings we reach out to Change Leaders and invite them to attend. All Change Leaders are welcome to attend any Leadership Circle.

RSVP by emailing Tracy Hansford at


'Think outside the box' scholarships

These scholarships fund projects spearheaded by Change Leaders, which encourage innovative cultural engagement in communities. Scholarships can range from new cultural projects to targeted community-based activities.

Goals of the scholarship include:

    • Assist Change Leaders in building value and increasing connections within their communities.
    • Support “push projects” that are outside of normal organizational activities or programming.
    • Illustrate the impact of arts or museums in meeting social/community needs.
    • Strengthen and raise awareness of the Change Leader Program.

Click Here to view the guidelines
Click Here to apply - Closed for FY24

Final Reports are now online! Access them by clicking here.

To log in to the online application for this scholarship, Change Leaders can visit
Please note: The online grants system works best if viewed in Chrome or Firefox web browsers.

Did you know?

Jason Bowcutt
Community Programs & Performing Arts

Laurel Cannon Alder
Grants Program

Tracy Hansford
Community Programs