Community Programs

Community Programs works with local arts councils, community leaders, museums, artists, and municipalities to promote and expand Utah's arts and museums community through training, technical assistance, networking events, and conferences.

Professional Development scholarships

Community Programs provides scholarships for arts & museums organization’s staff, board members, or volunteers to attend relevant trainings or conferences. These conferences/trainings provide opportunities for organizations to expand their skill sets and network with other organizations. These scholarships are intended to advance skills towards arts & museums best practices.
Funding covers registration costs up to $500

Change Leader Program

Change Leaders make up an active network of graduates from a three-day intensive professional development course. Participants receive instruction on assessing environments as well as the communication and facilitation skills necessary to implement change. Change Leaders share a commitment to creative community-building and lead quick turnaround projects called Random Acts of Art.

Local arts agencies

Local Arts Agencies work to foster and support the arts in their communities. Whether they take the form of councils, boards, committees, government entities or nonprofit organizations, they are at the heart of community arts participation and play an important role in advocating, encouraging and developing arts and cultural awareness. They frequently interface with local government, acting as a critical resource for community-building and raising the quality of life. Some have formalized this status with a Designated Local Arts Agency Agreement with their municipality.

See a list of Local Arts Agencies in Utah.

Creative aging

Utah Division of Arts & Museums is investing in Creative Aging work to improve the lives of older adults throughout or state. Our Creative Aging program fosters a network of cultural organizations, senior service organizations, libraries, and artists who are trained in creative aging best practices. 
Click here to find more information on our Creative Aging work.

Breaking Barriers: A Cultural Accessibility Project

A graphic for Breaking Barriers.Breaking Barriers: A Cultural Accessibility Project is a partnership between Art Access and the Utah Division of Arts & Museums to provide disability accessibility training and mentorship to our state’s cultural institutions. Breaking Barriers consists of training workshops for cultural organizations. Workshop content will focus on accessibility needs for people with the following disabilities:
  • Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing/Deaf-Blind
  • Blind and Low Vision
  • Physical and Mobility
  • Neurodiverse and Sensory
  • Developmental
  • Learning

Organizational participants in the Breaking Barriers project will receive 12 hours of instruction provided by Art Access staff. Through this work, participants will develop accessibility plans that address how to make their physical sites and organizations more accessible to the disability community.

All training will take place virtually.

Professional Gatherings series

We at UA&M are convening a series of free virtual professional gatherings for all you who do the heavy lifting at Utah's vital cultural institutions. These role-based, facilitated discussions will offer an opportunity to connect, ask, share, teach, learn, and even kvetch about topics relevant to your roles. 
Please register in advance.

Next scheduled gatherings TBA


Jason Bowcutt
Community Programs & Performing Arts Manager

Tracy Hansford
Community Programs Coordinator