Folk Arts Program Statement and Commitments
for Cultural and Racial Equity


Statement


The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is committed to creating a culture within our agency and networks that fosters inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) for all Utahns. We are:

  • Defining our focus using our strategic priorities to support IDEA;
  • Making meaningful connections and relationships;
  • Building access, inclusion, diversity, and equity into our agency at the board, staff, and service levels 

As staff of the Folk Arts Program and Chase Home Museum, we stand in solidarity with all who are fighting for racial justice and equity. Through our work and ongoing partnerships with traditional artists and cultural organizations, we are committed to amplifying the diverse perspectives of Utah’s cultural communities. We understand that in order to sustain and promote all of these communities, a deep and active commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility is essential.

Commitments

We will uphold our commitments to being advocates for cultural communities and our Utah neighbors by:

  • Hosting Community Conversations with organizational partners on the topics of cultural identity, inequity in arts funding, appropriation and tradition; 
  • Gathering feedback from our partners in a more structured manner and evaluating our programs and services with transparency and accountability;
  • Structuring our “Know Your Folk” campaign to highlight multicultural organizations who are critical to Utah’s folklife infrastructure;
  • Providing multilingual translations for all gallery interpretation
  • Educating the public through art pieces that reflect culturally-embedded practices/values and prompt dialogue about the lived experience of Utah’s cultural communities. 

We welcome your feedback as we improve our efforts. Please contact chasemuseum@utah.gov to share your thoughts.