A Living Legacy

Utah Division of Arts & Museums is pleased to present A Living Legacy: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month, an exhibition in our Alice Gallery highlighting traditional and contemporary work from some of the state’s finest indigenous artists. All artworks selected for the exhibition are acquisitions of the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Collection. November is Native American Heritage Month, which celebrates, …

30% of UA&M Grants Go to Rural Counties

Government funding of arts and culture plays a large role in bridging significant funding gaps between rural and urban areas. While the most recent “Giving USA 2018 Report” suggests that some foundations are increasing their focus on rural development, the U.S. Department of Agriculture report found that only 5.5 percent of large foundation grant dollars go to rural areas. In contrast, …

Summit Park Ranks #2 in Arts Report

SMU DataArts, the National Center for Arts Research at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, recently released their fifth annual Arts Vibrancy Index Report, which ranks more than 900 communities across the nation, examining the level of supply, demand, and government support for the arts. Based on their research, Summit Park, Utah is ranked the #2 most arts-vibrant small-sized community in America. While their …

Utah Public Art Honored

Earlier this summer, Americans for the Arts honored Weber Valley Youth Center and artist David Griggs for his site-specific artwork, Where the River Flows, as among 50 outstanding public art projects created in 2018. The art installation was commissioned through our agency’s Public Art Program. The Public Art Network Year in Review program is the only national program that specifically …

Following the Fellows

Each year, we award two $10,000 fellowships to individual visual artists to acknowledge their artistic excellence and encourage their careers. Artists practicing in a variety of media – such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, craft, and new genres – are eligible. Our 2019 fellows were Jim Jacobs of Ogden and Shane Deeter of La Sal. We checked in with them recently to …

New Sculpture for Glendinning Home

We will soon welcome a beautiful new outdoor sculpture to the Glendinning Home, where Utah Arts & Museums is headquartered. Ogden artist Heath Satow was awarded the opportunity to create a site-specific work to be placed on the home’s grounds. His piece, AMH: 1898, honors our agency’s founder, Alice Merrill Horne, in a number of ways, not least by incorporating …

NEA Funds Come to Utah

In February, the National Endowment for the Arts released its first funding announcement of FY 2019, which included funding to nine Utah organizations for arts projects. Earlier this month, the NEA released its second funding announcement, which included grants to 15 Utah organizations. The February round of funding totaled $250,000 to Utah groups; the more recent round of funding included …

Governor Receives AFTA Award

At a special event on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, Americans for the Arts (AFTA) honored Governor Gary Herbert with its Governors Arts Leadership Award. Founded in 1960, AFTA is the nation’s leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education, supporting the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate and promote the arts in America. Governor Herbert was recognized for …

Party Like It’s 1869

One of the most iconic and life-altering events in America’s history – the completion of the transcontinental railroad – happened in Utah on May 10, 1869. Spike 150 is the umbrella organization for all those celebrating the 150-year anniversary of the Golden Spike ceremony in Utah. Through a series of activities and events, the Spike 150 initiative aims to inspire, …

Piano picture from Ogden Symphony Ballet

Additional Grants Funding Approved By Legislature

Assuming Governor Gary R. Herbert signs the budget bills approved during the final days of the session, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums will receive an additional $2 million in one-time funding for grants to arts organizations and museums. This will bring the total grant pool in fiscal year 2020, including federal funds, to approximately $3.5 million.