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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

JOB: Part-time Receptionist @ Sundance Institute (Closes: June 24)

Job Description: Office Location: Park City, UT

This position is part time, weekly schedule is subject to change.

Position Summary:
Handles incoming calls, greets visitors, manages the mail system, and performs general administrative duties as assigned.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Open office at beginning of the work day and secure office at the end of the work day as scheduled.
• Greet and screen all incoming guests.
• Answer all incoming calls to the Institute lines as quickly and efficiently as possible and transfer calls to the appropriate location.
• Retrieve messages from general voice and email boxes and distribute or answer as appropriate.
• Check fax machine throughout the day and distribute faxes.
• Stay up to date on Institute general information, programs, submission timelines, deadlines and application details.
• Answer and field general questions from callers.
• Ensure coffee and water is available as needed for guests.
• Assist staff with preparing, notifying and tracking Fed Ex, USPS (regular and bulk mailings) and UPS as requested.

• Assist in maintaining an organized office environment by keeping the reception area, kitchen, office supply closets, mails room and conference room neat, clean and inviting.
• Clear out and stock paper in main print, copy and fax areas as directed.
• Assist staff with general office projects from the front desk, such as mailings, creating packets, research, etc.
• Assist with scheduling conference rooms as requested.
• Assist full-time Receptionist with other duties as assigned.

Other duties as assigned.

Ranking of Responsibilities:
1. Reception and Phones 80%
2. Office Organization 20%

Position Requirements:
Employee has legal authorization to work in the United States.

• 1 year experience working at reception desk with multi-phone lines.

• Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
• Knowledge with Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, and Outlook.
• Excellent customer service skills required.
• Able to stay calm under pressure.
• Able to efficiently route incoming calls to the appropriate person in a professional manner.
• Able to learn quickly and is a self starter required.
• Excellent attitude and able to handle various situations with poise and confidence.
How to Apply: Interested applicants may send a cover letter and resume to Jobs@sundance.org.
Closing Date: 06/24/2011
Website: www.sundance.org
Salary: $14.00/hour

JOB: Part-time Education Assistant @ SL Art Center (Deadline: June 15)

Job Description: This is a part time, non-benefited position-typically 16-20 hours per week with occasional weekend or evening hours. The Education Assistant (EA) will be responsible for a variety of duties, both administrative and programmatic, within the educational department at the Salt Lake Art Center. The EA will report to the Curator of Education to reach the departments objectives.

Responsibilities and Tasks
•The EA will be responsible developing content for school, family, tour and community programs in conjunction with the Curator of Education. This includes content for school aged youth as well as adults based on current exhibitions & programs.
•The EA will coordinate and lead public tours. Additionally, the EA will play a role in activity and lesson plan preparation and teaching related to tour & family programs. This includes exhibition related research.
•Administrative areas of responsibility include managing correspondence, scheduling and invoicing for all education programs; maintaining department records, contacts, databases and calendars; and outreach to new community contacts.
•Additional duties will include maintaining supply inventory, program documentation, art studio maintenance, activity preparation, contribution to the writing of promotional educational materials, and related duties as required.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
•A welcome and professional manner
•Strong organizational and administrative skills; attention to detail; prompt and reliable
•Strong interpersonal & dynamic public speaking skills. Must be diplomatic in working with diverse constituencies.
•Flexibility and reliability to multi-task and meet deadlines; strong ability to prioritize
•Ability to work well with staff, artists, schools, and the general public to promote the philosophy and goals of the education department.

The ideal candidate will have experience teaching or touring children, high-school students, and adults in a museum or arts setting; familiarity with curriculum guidelines and lesson plan development; experience with art materials; and excellent writing and communication skills. A B.A. degree in art history, art education, museum education, or related field is preferred. Administrative experience and proficiency in Microsoft Office is highly desirable.

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume by June 15th, 2011 to:
Felicia Baca
Curator of Education
Salt Lake Art Center
20 S. West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Closing Date: June 15th, 2011
Website: www.slartcenter.org
Salary: $10.00-13.00 hrly DOE


Benjamin Tyrrel
Marketing and Public Relations
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Southern Utah University
Office: 435-865-8667

Image: "Fall on Zion" by Arlene Braithwaite

FOR CALENDAR EDITORS: The Southern Utah Art Invitational and The Directors’ Art: 50 Years at the Utah Shakespeare Festival
WHAT: Experience the art from the studio and the stage with the Southern Utah Artist’s Invitational Summer Exhibit and Sale and The Costume Designers’ Art: 50 Years at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

WHO: Southern Utah University, Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery

WHEN: June 17 – September 3, 2011

TIME: Monday – Saturday, 10am–8pm

WHERE: Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, Braithwaite Liberal Arts Center, Lower Level, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT

TICKETS: Free Admission

INFO: For more information call (435) 586-5432 or visit the gallery website at www.suu.edu/pva/artgallery

JUNE 17 – SEPTEMBER 3, 2011

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: Celebrating art from the studio and the stage, the Southern Utah Art Invitational Summer Exhibit and Sale and The Costume Designers’ Art: 50 Years at the Utah Shakespeare Festival showcases the art and artists of Cedar City and the Southern Utah region. The joint exhibit will run June 17 – September 3, 2011, at the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery on the Southern Utah University campus. Summer gallery hours are Monday–Saturday, 10am–8pm. Admission is free, and the general public is encouraged to attend.

Showcasing some of Southern Utah’s most celebrated artists, the annual Southern Utah Art Invitational Summer Exhibit and Sale will display over 250 pieces from many mediums of art including painting, photography, woodcarving and ceramics. Previous artists include Karen Gale, Susan Harris, Brad Holt, Jennifer Rasmusson, Kate Starling and Melissa Sullivan among others. Works on exhibit are for sale and may be purchased on sight at the Braithwaite Gallery. This invitational Exhibit and Sale will run concurrently with the summer season of the Utah Shakespeare Festival just a short walk from the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery.

In honor of the Festival’s 50th season, patrons can enjoy The Costume Designers’ Art: 50 Years at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. The exhibit, created and complied by the Festival’s Costume Director Jeff Leider, and Props & Display Director Ben Hohman, showcases renderings of well-known costumes from memorable Festival productions. Patrons will view sketches from a variety of costume designers, including Bill Black, Janet Swenson and David Mickelson. The exhibit also brings these renderings to life with a section that demonstrates the entire process of constructing a costume for one season. Hohman looks at this exhibit as another way patrons can experience the magic of the festival, “It has been quite an undertaking to get all the renderings organized and laid out for the exhibit, but I think it will be exciting for our patrons to see the artwork behind the art.”

Celebrate the art from the studio and the stage with the Southern Utah Art Invitational Summer Exhibit and Sale and The Costume Designers’ Art: 50 Years at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. For more information about the Southern Utah University Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, please call the gallery at (435) 586-5432, or visit the gallery website at www.edu/pva/artgallery.

The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of nationally accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as a graduate program in Arts Administration. The College offers 16 different degree areas, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; professional Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre degrees; and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration degree. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 550 majors in the College. Over 1100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year. The College’s affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespearean Festival, the performance group Acclamation, and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, contact the Office of the Dean at (435) 865-8561, or by e-mail at cpvamktg@suu.edu.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Survey on DCC


Glendale and Marmalade Library Branches moving forward (SLC)


Media Contact:
Julianne Hancock
p: 801.819.3763
e: jhancock@slcpl.org

Glendale and Marmalade Library Branches moving forward
Final sites selected in hearts of neighborhoods

MAY 27, 2011, SALT LAKE CITY – The Glendale and Marmalade neighborhoods are each closer to seeing their library visions become reality, with the Salt Lake City Library Board approving the respective steering committees’ recommendations for site locations.

The Glendale Steering Committee presented 12 sites to the community, and recommended a site at about 1250 West 1330 South for their new library. The community provided input online, at dozens of assemblies and community workshops, and through hundreds of surveys. Over 3,500 people participated in the process.

“We are designing a library that truly reflects this diverse, vibrant community, and finding the right location was essential,” said Steering Committee Chair and Library Board Member Lizzie Barlow Gupta. “The new library will be accessible to all, at the heart of the neighborhood, walking distance to schools, and still convenient for vehicles.”

The Glendale Library construction is expected to begin in 2012, opening in early 2013.

The site allows for a library that meets the stated needs of the community, potentially including gardens and patios, technology and gaming access, craft and music facilities, eating facilities, performance space, and spaces for community gatherings. Programs and the collection will also reflect the needs of the community, which has more residents under the age of 18 than any other Salt Lake City Neighborhood and is uniquely diverse.

There are more than 17 languages spoken in the Glendale neighborhood, and as such, Gupta says that the library’s collection will reflect the community with foreign language materials for all to enjoy.

Less than five miles away, the Marmalade Branch experience is expected to be different from Glendale’s.

A 14-month input-gathering process lead the Marmalade Steering Committee to recommend a property at 270 West 500 North for the future home of the library. Like the Glendale site, the Marmalade Branch site is situated for easy access by foot, bike, or auto, and will be built to accommodate the latest technology and several functions identified as high priorities by members of the northwestern Salt Lake City community.
Most of the land surrounding the proposed site will eventually be developed by RDA, creating a mixed use space for the neighborhood, with commercial entities and community gathering spaces.

“We are looking forward moving to the next phase of our planning,” said Ella Olsen, chair for the Marmalade Library Steering Committee and Library Board Vice President. She anticipates a lively, engaging community outreach.

Construction for the Marmalade Branch is estimated to begin in 2013, opening in early 2014, according to Olsen.

The site selections will be formalized when the City Council approves the Library Budget in June.

Communications Manager | Salt Lake City Public Library
p: 801.524.8219 | m: 801.819.3763 | jhancock@slcpl.org

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NEWS: Museum Studies Minor Available @ SUU

Michael French
Public Information Coordinator
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Southern Utah University
Office: 435-865-8667

Museum Studies Minor Available
at Southern Utah University in Fall 2011

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT: Dean Shauna Mendini of Southern Utah University’s College of Performing and Visual Arts is pleased to announce a new minor in Museum Studies that will be available as of the fall 2011 semester. This minor has been developed to support the future Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA). The content of many of the minor’s classes are applicable in the Sciences, History, or any field that has museum venues within its scope of research and operation; therefore, all students are welcome.

During the fall 2011 semester, two concurrent classes will be offered, whose students will begin planning the exhibition schedule and educational programs for SUMA. ART 3080/Gallery and Museum Practices focuses on the fundamental concepts behind the curation, installation, and presentation of exhibits. It includes the nature of objects, interpretation of objects, and administrative responsibilities within a museum. The total number of credits required for the minor will be nineteen and one half.

Reece Summers, SUMA Director and instructor of ART 3080, says, “SUU students will have the unique opportunity for on-the-job training in all aspects of museum management at SUMA. They will graduate with significant credentials for gallery and/or museum work, or applied experience that will position them well for graduate school in the museum field.”

The second class is ART 4910/Education within a Museum Environment. Deborah Snider, Assistant Professor of Art Education at SUU and former director of three community arts centers, has developed this class to align with ART 3080 so that students in both classes will understand the totality of presentation and outreach in museum, art center, or gallery venues.

ART 4910 will address educational philosophy, policy, and program development; working with volunteers; audience development for all ages; tours and interactive strategies; interpretative planning; collaboration with the community; teacher support; and formats for communication. A culminating individual or group project will be the end-product of this class.

Summers envisions that SUMA will be a lab-museum, meaning that it will be run by students. With a staggered schedule of leadership, more experienced students may mentor younger students, ensuring smooth transitions in programming from year to year, and providing students with diverse competitive credentials.

For further information, please contact Reece Summers at (435) 586-5433 or summersr@suu.edu; or Deborah Snider at (435) 586-5425 or deborahsnider@suu.edu.

The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of nationally accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as a graduate program in Arts Administration. The College offers 16 different degree areas, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; professional Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre degrees; and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration degree. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 550 majors in the College. Over 1100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year. The College’s affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespeare Festival, the performance group Acclamation, and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, contact the Office of the Dean (435) 865-8561, or by e-mail at cpvamktg@suu.edu.

Author Justin Cronin @ Salt Lake City Library (SLC: June 2)

Media Contact:
Julianne Hancock
m: 801.819.3763
e: jhancock@slcpl.org


Famed author Justin Cronin to speak at Salt Lake City Library

May 26, 2011, SALT LAKE CITY -- Justin Cronin, New York Times bestselling author of The Passage and other books, will speak at the Salt Lake City Library's main branch on June 2 at 7:00 PM. The event is cosponsored by Sam Weller's Bookstore.

The author will discuss the story behind The Passage, speak about his writing experience, take questions from the audience, and will be available after the event for a reception with the public.

In Cronin's highly acclaimed novel, The Passage, a security breach at a secret US government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment that only six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte can stop.

The Passage was named of the ten best novels of 2010 by Time magazine. The San Francisco Chronicle called the novel "mythic storytelling," and Entertainment Weekly described it as "magnificently unnerving ... a The Stand-meets-The Road journey." Stephen King said of The Passage, "Read this book and the ordinary world disappears." Cronin's other works include the Pen/Hemingway Award and Stephen Crane Prize-winning Mary and O'Neil, and The Summer Guest.

Communications Manager | Salt Lake City Public Library
p: 801.524.8219 | m: 801.819.3763 | jhancock@slcpl.org

Twilight Concert Series Lineup @ SL Arts Council (SLC: July 14 - August 25)

Download press releases and photos and bios at www.twilightconcertseries.com/press

For Immediate Release

May 26, 2011

Contact: Casey Jarman




The 2011 Twilight Concert Series

Returns to Pioneer Park

Thursday Evenings from July 14–August 25

Headliners include: Explosions in the Sky, The Decemberists,

Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeros, Thurston Moore,

Bright Eyes, Ghostland Observatory and Lupe Fiasco

All Concerts are Free

Salt Lake City, UT: The Salt Lake City Arts Council is pleased to announce the 2011 Twilight Concert Series returns to Pioneer Park with another stellar line up.

The 24th annual season runs Thursday evenings from July 14 through August 25 and includes Explosions in the Sky, The Decemberists, Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeros, Thurston Moore, Bright Eyes, Ghostland Observatory and more. See complete schedule and dates below.

To complement the music, the Twilight Market offers food, beverages and locally made crafts, with something for every taste, from pizza to pasta, from vegetarian to barbecue, from cookies to gelato. The Twilight audience can enjoy artists' work and purchase such handcrafted items such as jewelry, clothing, soaps, and ceramics. The Twilight Market opens at 5 pm.

The Twilight concerts are free. Gates open at 5pm and the shows begin at 7pm at Pioneer Park, 350 West 300 South, downtown Salt Lake City. Seating is first come, first served, and a person must be present at all times to reserve seating. Standing room only in the immediate stage area; no chairs or blankets in the immediate stage area. No alcoholic beverages can be brought into the venue. Beer and wine are available for purchase on-site. Pets and smoking are not allowed; service animals are welcome.

Artists performing at the 2011 Twilight Concert Series are:

July 14: Explosions in the Sky / No Age

July 21: The Decemberists / Typhoon

July 28: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros/ Support Artist TBA

August 4: Thurston Moore / Kurt Vile

August 11: Bright Eyes / Support Artist TBA

August 18: Ghostland Observatory / Support Artist TBA

August 25: Lupe Fiasco / Support Artist TBA

For artist details, photos, information and updates visit www.twilightconcertseries.com

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Download press releases and photos at www.twilightconcertseries.com/press

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

"Alternative Process" Exhibit @ Utah Arts Alliance (SLC: May 31 - July 2)

For Immediate Release
May 26, 2011
From: UAA Gallery Director, Kent Rigby, (801) 870-2069

Utah Arts Alliance Announces an Exhibit of Fine Art:

By Kim Baack and Richard Prehn

May 31st through July 2, 2011.
Opening Reception: Friday June 3rd, 6 ¨C 9 p.m.

Location: 127 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, Utah
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, Noon ¨C 8 p.m.

The Utah Arts Alliance will present an exhibit of original fine art, ¡°Alternative Process¡±, by Kim Baack and Richard Prehn.

The exhibit will be on display from May 31st through July 2, 2011. The opening reception for the artists will be held Friday June 3rd from 6 ¨C 9 p.m., at the Utah Arts Alliance Gallery, 127 S. Main St., Salt Lake City, Utah.

¡°Alternative Process¡± is an exhibit of hand colored photographic prints on archival art paper.

Kim Baack and Richard Prehn have been experimenting for the last three years combining modern technology with old techniques. Although neo-tradition dictates that digital printing must be done on digital photography papers, the two photo-artists have been printing traditional art papers using a digital Epson printer with unprecedented success. The pair started testing and profiling acid-free art papers such as Strathmore, Weston, Lokta, etc., vellum, batik, fibre paper, rice paper and other hand-made papers. They have since expanded their research and have even been successful printing on newsprint which is then sprayed with an acid neutralizer. Once a photograph has been successfully printed, they utilize other mediums such as watercolors, inks, pastels, chalk, colored pencils, etc., to bring out the image they have visualized. "It¡¯s just like sculptors looking at a piece of stone-once they see what¡¯s in it, only then do they start sculpting" explains Prehn.

Kim Baack graduated from Salt Lake Community College with a degree in Computer Graphics and Graphic Design. Her travels and art background led her to start photographing her numerous trips to Ireland and Europe. She has been asked to exhibit her work at several charitable organizations in Salt Lake City.

Kim has taught painting, drawing, sculpting and pottery to the general public and school children ages k-6th grade, in after-school programs. She is a published graphic designer and her paintings along with her photography are in private collections worldwide.

Exhibits and donations include:
The Green Fine Art Project 2011 - 75 framed pieces donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area, Inc., along with 2 other artists.
Private Grant from Utah Metal Works-2010-2011.
Ebony and Ivory, August 2007-August 2010.
Feed the Hungry Foster the Arts, Huntsman Cancer Center.
Utah Diabetes Center of Salt Lake City.
University of Utah.
International exhibits in Mexico City.
Contemporary Design & Art Gallery, Salt Lake City

Kim¡¯s work leans towards the abstract. She usually produces works with strong figurative imagery featuring male and female anatomy. She likes to get her viewers involved in finding alternative meanings hidden in her work. She loves to make things into something only the viewer can imagine. She is often asked the meaning of her artwork and her reply is, ¡±It is only my picture and meaning until someone else owns it...then it is their picture and has their meaning.¡±
Richard Prehn was introduced to photography and the art of photo-oils by an instructor in college. In 1971, he began to take a serious interest in the art form. Once he got a real taste of photography, it possessed him. He has developed and refined his talent through a variety of avenues, never letting convention hinder him. He spent over 10 years photographing professional sports including the Utah Jazz, the U.S./Soviet Union Goodwill Tour, five World Ski Cups and several Olympic events for United Press International, Associated Press and Reuters. He has shot for numerous magazines and documented a number of architectural reconstructions. His photo-art is in numerous collections throughout the world. Prehn¡¯s true passion is fine art photography. He developed his own style of photo-oils and one of his pieces was chosen for the cover of "The Official Marshall¡¯s Hand Coloring Guide & Gallery." In 1989, he was invited to teach photo-oils and to exhibit in the former Soviet Union. The invitation included an exclusive exhibit in the Museum of Revolution in Riga, Latvia, and an exhibit in Moscow. His work has also been exhibited in the United States, Canada Mexico City & Gallery 247 in Salt Lake City. For several years, Prehn has donated pieces to the University of Utah Hospital Foundation¡¯s fundraiser Ebony and Ivory. In 2009, Prehn produced a series of photographs printed on non-traditional digital hand-made paper, that were accepted by the City of Ontario Museum of History and Art, Ontario, California for their permanent collection. Early in 2011, he, with 2 other photographers donated a series of photographs from their "Green Fine Art Project" to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area, Inc.
With the advent of digital photography, Prehn recognized that a new avenue had opened up for his unique representation of life. Although he originally thought he would never grasp the idiosyncrasies of the ultra- modern technology, he found that it was a medium where he could truly expand. The digital image and the computer have become his film and his darkroom.

The Utah Arts Alliance is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization.
Our mission is to foster the arts in its many forms, to provide venues to facilitate the arts, to provide programming and support for arts and education, to provide a central organization committed to networking and support of Utah¡¯s non-profit arts and educational groups and to provide support and services to Utah¡¯s artists and students. Derek Dyer - Executive Director; Kent Rigby - Gallery Director.

UMFA to Offer Free Admission to Military Families this Summer as Part of Blue Star Initiative

Embargoed for Release on Monday, May 23, 2011
Contact: Shelbey Peterson, 801.585.1306, Shelbey.Peterson@umfa.utah.edu

UMFA one of more than 1300 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to announce their second participation in Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 1,300 museums across America. Blue Star Museums is designed to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families, and the complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts has taken this effort a step further by providing active duty military personnel and their immediate family members free general admission all year round. This program is available to any bearer of a military ID who is an active member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve. Some special or limited-time museum exhibitions may not be included. Families can visit www.umfa.utah.edu for museum hours and information.

“The UMFA is delighted to again welcome military families free of charge,” said UMFA Director of Development and External Relations Lisa Arnette. “We were so honored to provide this benefit in summer of 2010 that we jumped at the opportunity to offer the service on a year-round basis. We hope that in some small measure this effort rewards the service our military personnel and their families offer us all.”

“Blue Star Museums may be the program at the NEA of which I am proudest,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “Blue Star Museums recognizes and thanks our military families for all they are doing for our country, and simultaneously begins young people on a path to becoming life-long museum goers.”

“Last year the success of the inaugural year of the Blue Star Museums program showed that partnerships between the nation’s museum and military communities are a natural,” said Blue Star Families Chairman Kathy Roth-Douquet. “We are thrilled that 300,000 military family members visited our partner museums in the summer of 2010. We hope to exceed that number this year as the military community takes advantage of the rich cultural heritage they defend and protect every day. We appreciate the NEA and the nation’s museums who chose to partner with us. We also are grateful to our friends at the MetLife Foundation, the lead supporter of the Blue Star Museums outreach initiative, whose generous donation helps make our work possible.”

More than 1,324 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 500 new museums this year. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. The effort to recruit museums has involved the partnership efforts of The American Association of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, and the American Association of State and Local History. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and 70 children’s museums. Participants include The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia, The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine in Portland, Maine, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa, the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles, California, the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, the Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City.

About Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums runs from Memorial Day, May 30, 2011 through to Labor Day, September 5, 2011. The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their immediate family members (military ID holder and five immediate family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find out which museums are participating, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The site includes a list of participating museums and a map to help with visit planning.

Museums that wish to participate in Blue Star Museums may contact bluestarmuseums@arts.gov, or Wendy Clark at 202-682-5451

This is the latest NEA program to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans, and their families. Other NEA programs for the military have included Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience; Great American Voices Military Base Tour; and Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour.

About the Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Utah’s premier visual art museum, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) is located on the University of Utah campus in the Marcia and John Price Museum Building at 410 Campus Center Drive in Salt Lake City. The UMFA’s mission is to engage visitors in discovering meaningful connections with the artistic expressions of the world’s cultures.

The UMFA’s permanent collection spans 5,000 years of human creativity and features some 18,000 works from across the globe. Special exhibitions make each visit a new experience, and a variety of public programs are scheduled year-round to encourage dialogue and discovery. Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a light lunch of sandwiches, salads, coffee, and pastries in The Museum Café and are welcome to browse artistic keepsakes in The Museum Store.

General admission is $7 adults, $5 youth and seniors, free for U of U students/staff/faculty, UMFA members, higher education students in Utah, active military personnel and their immediate family members, and children under six years old. Free admission offered the first Wednesday and third Saturday of each month thanks to the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks fund. Museum hours are Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Weekends, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; closed Mondays and holidays. For more information call (801) 581-7332 or visit www.umfa.utah.edu.

About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families. In addition to morale and empowerment programs, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Membership includes military spouses, children and parents as well as service members, veterans and civilians.

To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit www.bluestarfam.org.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.

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"Forever Plaid" @ Utah Cultural Celebration Center (WVC: June 9 - 17)

Date: May 25, 2011

Contact: Aaron Crim, Public Relations Director, (801) 963-3466 (media use only)
Margene Conde, Producer/Choreographer, (801) 557-0429

Broadway Musical Forever Plaid at Utah Cultural Celebration Center

WHAT: Forever Plaid musical revue on stage

WHEN: June 9 – 11 & 13 – 17
Curtain at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 West 3100 South
West Valley City, UT 84119

WHO: Everyone with a ticket may attend the performance. Tickets may be purchased at West Valley City Hall (3600 Constitution Blvd.) or at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.

Tickets: $5 per individual
$20 for a group of six
Children under 7 are free

WHY: Produced and choreographed for the West Valley City Arts Council by Margene Conde, Forever Plaid tells the story of “The Plaids”, a 1950’s style all-male singing group. En route to perform at the “concert to end all concerts”, the four high school buddies perish in a tragic car accident. Hilarity and comic genius ensue when The Plaids are miraculously resurrected and come back to earth to finally play their one last show. Tapping into 50’s nostalgia, Forever Plaid features the classic hits “Three Coins in the Fountain”, “Magic Moments”, and “Love is a Many Splendored Thing”. Directed by Jim Smith.

For more information about this and other exhibits or events at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, please call 801-965-5100 or visit www.culturalcelebration.org

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

City Library to Teach Computer Literacy and Online Job Searching Classes @ Odyssey House (SLC)

Press note: For privacy reasons, photographs and filming of the course will not be allowed while it is taking place. Representatives from the Library and the Odyssey House will be available before the course begins, from 5:30-6:00 PM. Images of the lab may be captured before students enter.


Media Contact:
Julianne Hancock
p: 801.819.3763
e: jhancock@slcpl.org

The City Library takes tech access outside the Library
Mobile tech lab brings computer literacy and job searching training to those who need it most

MARCH 25, 2011, SALT LAKE CITY -- The Salt Lake City Public Library is taking its technology show on the road. On Wednesday, Library staff will teach the first in a series of computer literacy and online job searching courses at the Odyssey House, a substance abuse and mental health center in Salt Lake City.

Armed with a mobile computing lab and years of experience, Accessing Technology Lead Gwen Page will teach participants of the Odyssey House Outpatient Program four classes over a five week period: basic computing skills, basic internet and email, online job searching skills, and resume building.

Bringing basic computing and internet training directly to individuals who need it most demonstrates the future of librarianship, illustrating how libraries can improve people’s lives.

A tenet of Salt Lake City Library’s strategic plan is accessing technology, and the Library is committed to ensuring that everyone in the community has access to computers and the skills to use them. In addition to bringing technology courses into the community, the Library is also launching a one-on-one training course program to accomplish this goal.

The technology skills and job searching program will be taught at other partner locations, including the YWCA of Salt Lake City and the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake.

Communications Manager | Salt Lake City Public Library
p: 801.524.8219 | m: 801.819.3763 | jhancock@slcpl.org

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June @ Universe City (Ogden)

Unitarians Unite for Outreach Art Fundraiser
Who: Universe City, 2556 Washington Boulevard in Ogden
What: Karen Thurber and William Hackett
When: June 3, 10, 17, 5:00-8:00 pm
June 4, 13, 18, 1:00-5:00 pm
Art Talk/Closing Night Reception: 6:00 pm
Where: 2556 Washington Boulevard, Ogden

Painter Karen Thurber and wood artist William Hackett will be the featured artists during the month of June at Universe City, 2556 Washington Boulevard in Ogden. Opening night will be held in conjunction with Downtown Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll, Friday, June 3. Gallery hours are Fridays, 5:00-8:00 and Saturdays, 1:00-5:00 pm. or by appointment (call Benjamin Jennings at 801-458-8959).
Sales proceeds from this exhibit will go to community outreach programs sponsored by Ogden Unitarians congregation. Both artists are members of this active group and have previously had a very successful artist fundraiser in the past.
Thurber's two-dimensional work is sun bright and cheerfully colorful - a sure antidote to the recent cold and rainy weather. Bill Hackett's wood sculptures are architectural and organic at once. His work reveals the beauty of each piece of wood he touches.

In their own words:
Karen Thurber has been drawing and painting her entire life, largley through the influence of her father, a painter and illustrator. She attended the Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts and the Samuel Fleisher School as a young adult, but left a potential art career to work for more than 30 years in community development. Her artwork often reflects one of her other major passions, traveling, with images drawn from western deserts and national parks to settings in Europe, central America, and most recently, Alaska. Karen
clearly loves color and often allows her paintings to spill over into hand painted framing. Karen is also a member of the Saturday morning drawing group at Weber State where she has been working for several years to hone her life drawing skills. Not sure she's an "artist" yet, Karen prefers the term "aspiring" to illustrate her desire to continually expore and grow through her artwork.

Bill Hackett is an Ogden sculptor who works mainly in wood, combining it with metal and stone. Lathe work and contemporary furniture comprise most of his output, and lathe-turned objects are often the starting point for more elaborate sculpture.
"I mostly make bowls and platters because that's what people commission me to do," said Hackett. "Much of my work is intended as wedding gifts, corporate awards and items for nonprofit fund raising. If I had to describe my personal style, it would be simple forms, well executed and displaying the beauty of wood to best effect. I don't use a lot of surface decoration, letting the material speak for itself. I l often leave a chunk of bark on the wood, some rust on the steel or some weathered rind on the stone. Sometimes I include manufactured objects in my sculpture, such as old tools. I love old tools and I love to bring them back into use with careful restoration. But sometimes they're past the point of utility and I use them in my sculpture. These are the tools that built America. They deserve to be celebrated and given new life, either as art or in use."

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Cultural Facilities Support Funding from SL County (Deadline: July 31)

Salt Lake County Extends Cultural Facilities Support Program Application Deadline

The Salt Lake County Cultural Facilities Support Program is extending its deadline. The Program will accept revised and new applications through July 31, 2011, for consideration, based on available funding, in the 2012 County budget cycle. For complete details on the Program and to download an application, go online to www.slccfa.org and click on the Cultural Support Facilities Program link.

The Cultural Facilities Support Program encourages any qualified Salt Lake County-based arts group, cultural organization or business to apply and be considered for possible County matching support, based on available funding, for the construction, renovation, or feasibility study for a proposed arts or cultural facility.

Eligible applicants must complete a comprehensive application. Project applications undergo two thorough reviews by an internal County team and a citizen’s Advisory Board. The review process will analyze feasibility – can the project be built and operated at the cost presented – and demonstrated need – do the community and county need the project. Those projects passing both reviews will be forwarded to Mayor Peter Corroon with a favorable recommendation for inclusion in the annual County budget, depending on available funding.

Headliners @ Utah Arts Festival (SLC: June 23 - 26)

For Immediate Release
Contact: Eugenie Hero Jaffe (801) 599-2040 eugenie@getbombshell.com
For Press Release and Photos: Visit the Media tab at www.uaf.org

The 2011 Utah Arts Festival Announces Music Headliners

Opening Night: Young Dubliners

Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Blame Sally, Del McCoury Band, Incendio, Kinetix, Maraca and Ronnie Baker Brooks

Thursday, June 23 through Sunday, June 26 on Library Square

Salt Lake City, UT: The 2011 Utah Arts Festival is pleased to announce national music headliners for the 35th annual Festival running June 23–26 on Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City.

Opening night kicks off with the legendary Irish rockers, Young Dubliners. For four days and nights, from bluegrass with the Del McCoury Band and blues with Ronnie Baker Brooks, to Afro-Cuban jazz with Maraca and New Orleans funk with Big Sam’s Funky Nation this year’s Utah Arts Festival covers all of the musical bases. See complete artist details below.

The 2011 Utah Arts Festival runs Thursday, June 23 through Sunday, June 26 from noon to 11 p.m. on Library Square, 400 South and 200 East in downtown Salt Lake City.

Adult admission is $10 at the gate, $7 in advance. Children 12 and under are free. Seniors 65 and above are $5. Reduced adult admission is $5 and available from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

Follow the Utah Arts Festival on Facebook and Twitter @utahartsfest.

For details, news and artists updates, visit www.uaf.org.

2011 Utah Arts Festival Music Headliners:

Young Dubliners

Legendary Celtic rock band, the Young Dubliners formed in the early ’90s in Los Angeles’ vibrant pub scene by Dublin natives Keith Roberts and former member Paul O’Toole. The Young Dubliners’ driving mix of Irish and rock give their live shows a jam-like appeal sending fans into swirling “jig-pits.”

Thur, June 23, 9:45 pm, Amphitheater Stage


Denver-based rock dynamos Kinetix are relatively new to the music scene but they’ve been gaining traction and a huge following with a high-energy show and great riffs.

Thur, June 23, 8:30 pm, Amphitheater Stage

Ronnie Baker Brooks

Young Chicago guitar hero, Ronnie Baker Brooks is the son of blues great Lonnie Brooks. He came of age watching Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and other blues legends jam in his home. Brooks adds elements of soul, hip-hop and funk to a strong Chicago blues base. He has toured and recorded with Elvin Bishop, Lil’ Ed Williams, Katie Webster and Koko Taylor.

Fri, June 24, 9:45 pm, Amphitheater Stage

Born in Havana, world-class virtuoso flautist Orlando “Maraca” Valle is the epitome of Cuban popular dance music and Afro-Cuban jazz. Whether playing incendiary dance music or creative Afro-Cuban jazz, Maraca has been touring for 15 years. In 2003, he was nominated for a Grammy in “Best Salsa Album.”
Sat, June 25, 9:45 pm, Amphitheater Stage

Latin guitar world fusion group Incendio is based out of Los Angeles. They bring influences as diverse as Weather Report, Jimi Hendrix, XTC, Paco de Lucia, Buddha Bar and Joni Mitchell to bear on their musical tapestry. Their music is a true “fusion” and sounds like little else in the genre. Sat, June 25, 9:45 pm, Festival Stage

Big Sam’s Funky Nation
New Orleans-based Big Sam’s Funky Nation is high energy, jazz with horn-heavy grooves. Trombone powerhouse and band leader “Big Sam” Williams, formerly of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, has a recurring roll in the HBO original series, Treme.

Sun, June 26, 9:45 pm, Amphitheater Stage

Blame Sally

San Francisco folk rock group Blame Sally is a powerhouse all female band. They have opened for Ani Difranco and Roseanne Cash, launched a national radio campaign covering both AAA and Non-Com stations and reached an audience of millions on XM Satellite Radio’s “Starbuck’s XM Café.” Sun, June 26, 8 pm, Festival Stage

Del McCoury Band

Bluegrass legend, Del McCoury has been making music for more than 50 years. He released his fi rst album in 1968 and has inspired musicians across genres from Vince Gill to Elvis Costello to Phish. He became member of the Grand Ol’ Opry in 2003. The Del McCoury Band’s latest release is a collaboration with Preservation Hall Jazz Band called America Legacies. Sun, June 26, 9:45 pm, Festival Stage

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To download photos and press releases please visit the media tab at www.uaf.org.

Media Contact:

Eugenie Hero Jaffe
Bombshell Music & Media

"How do I pronounce her name," you ask? Say: U•je•knee


Contact: SLC Film Center
Levi Elder
(801) 746-7000

Contact: Salt Lake Film Society
Amy Beth Leber
amybeth_leber@saltlakefilmsociety.org (801) 746-0037


SLC’s Only LGBT Film Festival Runs June 17–19 Presented by the SLC Film Center and Salt Lake Film Society

Festival passes and tickets on sale now!

Salt Lake City, UT — Today the SLC Film Center and the Salt Lake Film Society announced the lineup for the 8th annual Damn These Heels!: LGBT Film Festival (DTH!). This year’s DTH! includes 14 feature films from seven countries screening June 17–19 at the historic Tower Theatre. SLC’s only annual LBGT film festival, DTH! showcases the best international and domestic documentary and narrative LGBT films from film festivals around the world. More information about DTH!, including a full list of films, the screening schedule, and how to buy tickets, is available at www.damntheseheels.org.

The festival opens at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17 with the Utah premiere of BEGINNERS. Directed by Mike Mills, largely known for his artwork and music videos, this is his second feature and loosely based on his own relationship with his father, who didn’t come out of the closet until he was in his seventies. An Opening Night Gala Celebration follows the screening. The rest of the DTH! program features films from many of the world’s top film festivals, a one-time-only audience participation event, and a panel discussion presented in partnership with Equality Utah.
All screenings for the festival take place at the Salt Lake Film Society’s historic Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 S. Individual tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at www.damntheseheels.org beginning May 13. A limited number of all-access passes will be offered for $25 and include access to Opening Night celebrations and all festival film screenings.
Below is the complete list of the 8th Annual Damn These Heels!: LGBT Film Festival films:
Directed by Mike Mills
A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer and that he has a young male lover. (U.S.A., 105 min.)
Official Selection — 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, 2011 SXSW
Directed by Maryam Keshavarz
A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and control her brother's dangerous obsession. (Iran/U.S.A./France, 95 min.)
Audience Award Winner, World Cinema Dramatic — 2011 Sundance Film Festival
Directed by Pierre Thoretton
This documentary portrays the relationship between fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his lover, Pierre Bergé, and the sale of their art collection following Yves’s death. (France, 98 min.)
Official Selection — 2011 San Francisco Film Festival, 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
This panel discussion addresses the ways that so-called queer media has changed and evolved in recent years, as well as explores the ways that queer filmmakers, actors, writers and journalists have brought their causes and interests to mainstream and "straight" media. Panel guests include DTH! 2011 filmmakers, local journalists, gender issue and LGBT experts. Presented in partnership with Equality Utah.
ALL ABOUT EVIL with Peaches Christ in 4-D
Directed by Joshua Grannell
This Utah premiere features Peaches Christ in a Rocky Horror Picture Show–style audience-participating, blood-soaked drag ball that has thrilled audiences across the country. In All About Evil, a mousy librarian discovers her inner serial killer as she works to save the family business — a failing movie house — by making a series of grisly shorts that turn out to be all too real. (U.S.A., 108 min.)
Official Selection — 2010 San Francisco International Film Festival, 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival


Directed by Eldar Rapaport
August tells the story of two former lovers, Troy and Jonathan, who reunite after a long-ago painful breakup. A seemingly innocent rendezvous turns into an attempt to revive past passions. Only it's not that simple. (U.S.A., 100 min.)

Official Selection — 2011 Seattle International Film Festival

Directed by Madeleine Olnek
This quirky film charts the adventures of lesbian space aliens on the planet Earth and tells the story of the romance between Jane, a shy greeting-card-store employee, and Zoinx, the woman Jane does not realize is from outer space. Meanwhile, two government agents, or “Men in Black,” are closely tracking Jane and the aliens while harboring their own secrets. (U.S.A., 76 min.)
Official Selection — 2011 Sundance Film Festival
Directed by Umberto Riccioni Carteni
This slapstick comedy pairs a handsome gay politician with a conservative woman in a campaign for mayor. They work together, fight, and eventually have an affair that shakes their lives. But an alternative solution is at hand, and they grab it. (Italy, 103 min.)
Official Selection — 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival
Directed by Marcelo Laffitte
Elvis & Madona is a romantic comedy that deals with an unusual subject in a delicate and realistic way: a relationship between a young lesbian, Elvis, and a transvestite, Madona. Nevertheless, it is essentially a love story, proving that love transcends any boundaries. (Brazil, 105 min.)
Official Selection — 2010 Tribeca Film Festival
Directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green
An ex-con returns home to the Bronx after three years in prison to discover his wife estranged and his teenage son exploring a sexual transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test. (U.S.A., 88 min.)
Official Selection — 2011 Sundance Film festival
Directed by Ash Christian
Mangus Spedgewick has had one dream his whole life... he wants to be Jesus — in his high school’s annual production of Jesus Christ Spectacular. Will he get to be their town’s first crippled Jesus? (U.S.A., 88 min.)
Official Selection — 2011 Dallas International Film Festival
Directed by Leanne Pooley
If you see only one documentary about lesbian, country- singing, comedian twins from New Zealand, make this the one! This exuberant film captures the joy the entertaining Topp twins bring to their performances and their daily lives. (New Zealand, 101 min.)
Official Selection — 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, 2010 IDFA Festival, 2010 London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, 2010 RiverRun International Film Festival, 2010 Seattle International Film Festival, 2010 Provincetown International Film Festival, 2010 Outfest Film Festival
Directed by Andrew Haigh
After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time, he picks up Glen, but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special. (U.K., 96 min.)
Audience Award Winner — 2011 SXSW
Directed by Kerthy Fix
Girl band Le Tigre is best known for its sociopolitical lyrics, electronic beats, and choreographed dance moves. Shot over the course of the band's final tour, Who Took the Bomp? follows Kathleen, Johanna, and Jocelyn's 10-year herstory of celebrating the legacy of feminism. (U.S.A., 67 min.)
Official Selection — 2011 SXSW, 2011 Florida Film Festival, 2011 Independent Film Festival Boston

The 8th Annual Damn These Heels!: LGBT Film Festival is generously sponsored by the B.W. Bastian Foundation, the Dancing Llama Foundation, and the Weinholtz Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Utah Pride Center and media sponsors KRCL 90.9-FM, IN Utah This Week, Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD.
For information on how to sponsor or volunteer, please contact the programming team at (801) 746-7000 or visit us on the official Damn These Heels!: LGBT Film Festival website at www.damntheseheels.org
The Damn These Heels!: LGBT Film Festival is Utah’s only film festival celebrating LGBT cinema. Founded in 2003, Damn These Heels! strives to foster a greater sense of community by presenting films that explore historical and contemporary issues, ideas, and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience.
The SLC Film Center brings the world of film to local audiences through free community screenings and discussions, outreach programs, and visiting artists and professionals. Emphasizing social content and artistic excellence, the center presents the best documentary, independent, and dramatic cinema year-round. It collaborates with various educational and community organizations to promote a diversity of ideas, to provide forums for underrepresented groups, and to develop new audiences for film.
The SLC Film Center and its programs are made possible largely by funding from the following: The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation; Rio Tinto; Salt Lake County’s Zoo, Arts and Parks Program; the Swartz Foundation; and Sorenson Legacy Foundation.
The Salt Lake Film Society (SLFS) was founded by community-minded film enthusiasts in 2001 to provide independent, foreign, and documentary films as well as related cultural and educational programs to Salt Lake County residents all year round. SLFS operates the historic Tower Theatre and Broadway Centre Cinemas as well as 12 educational, low-income access and film-fostering venues around the county and the state. SLFS is a community link to diverse artistic voices and ensures Utah's minority demographics have opportunities to see their cultures represented through the moving image. SLFS combines purpose with community and creates a unique environment of challenge, discussion, or growth in a range of experiences in the motion picture arts. To learn more about supporting SLFS by becoming a member, volunteer, or sponsor, call (801) 746-0038 or visit www.saltlakefilmsociety.org


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Monday, May 23, 2011

JOB: Part-time Public Relations Specialist @ Utah Humanities Council

The Utah Humanities Council seeks an experienced professional to direct and implement public relations and marketing activities, working closely with both program and administrative staff. Hours are flexible, but weekly on-site presence is required. 15-20 hours/week. UHC is an equal opportunity employer.


· Extensive experience (at least 2 years), including social media, news releases, event promotion, ad copy, e-newsletters, website maintenance, event calendars

· Excellent writing skills

· Social media expertise

· Knowledge of Microsoft Suite, Dreamweaver, web platforms

· Experience with nonprofit organizations

· Familiarity and contacts with Utah media markets

· Creative self-starter

· Detail-oriented

· Fluency in Spanish is desirable, but not required.
How to Apply: To apply, send the following via email to buckingham@utahhumanities.org

1. Letter of application describing your interest in the position and applicable experience

2. Current resume

3. Names and contact information for three professional references

4. Proposed hourly rate of compensation

Website: www.utahhumanities.org
Contact Name: Beth Jones
Email: jones@utahhumanities.org

JOB: Web Developer/Programmer @ Sundance Institute (Closes June 20)

The Web Developer will be responsible for developing innovative, reusable web-based components, forms and applications.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Develop innovative, reusable Web-based forms and submission systems.
• Create a user management system integrating our website with a single sign on solution.
• Design, code and document custom applications.
• Design and implement databases in support of application development.
• Work closely with end users and the IT team to develop clear project deliverables and timelines.
• Attend project meetings during the development.
• Communicate with Project Managers progress and/or delays.
• Alert colleagues to new and emerging technologies and applications to integrate them into operations and activities.
Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:
Employee has legal authorization to work in the United States.

• BS in computer science, related field, or equivalent work experience.
• 4 years Web programming experience (building robust and secure web applications using PHP and ASP classic). Ruby experience is preferred.
• 3 years experience working with relational database systems such as MySQL, MSSQL or Oracle.
• 3 years experience with HTML/XHTML and CSS.
• 1 year experience working with Apache and IIS web server software.
• 1 year experience within a Linux shell environment.

• Good working knowledge of SQL.
• Knowledge in project management and team work required.
• Self-starter with strong self-management skills.
• Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities.
• Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
How to Apply: Interested applicants may submit an online application by visiting https://sundancejobs.iapplicants.com/
Closing Date: 06/20/2011
Website: www.sundance.org
Contact Name: Human Resources
Email: Jobs@sundance.org

Internationally Renowned Artists to perform in SaltDanceFest Concert Series (SLC: June 3-4)

Internationally Renowned Artists to perform in SaltDanceFest Concert Series

· Performances by Eiko + Koma, Chris Aiken & Angie Hauser, Teri & Oliver Steele

· SaltDanceFest 2011 Concerts June 3 & 4, 2011 University of Utah Marriott Center for Dance

· Panel discussion and showing from the workshop June 8 & 10

For immediate release
Contact Tyler Kunz
t.kunz@utah.edu 801.581.7327 ****************************************************************************************************************
The University of Utah Department of Modern Dance 1st Annual SaltDanceFest 2011 presents a Concert Series with riveting works in two separate concerts by some of the most innovative, internationally renowned artists working in the field today. Coming out of the festival full of invigorating classes, stimulating workshops and concentrated instructive experiences, esteemed guest artists Chris Aiken & Angie Hauser, Eiko + Koma and STEELDANCE will be performing in the Marriott Center for Dance in two entirely different shows, June 3rd and June 4th, at 8:00pm. These performances are open to the public. Tickets for both shows are available through Kingsbury Hall Ticket Office, kingtix.com, 801.581.7100, or at the door.

On June 3, Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser preview their newest work Sign of the Sparrow, A National Performance Network funded piece co-commissioned by SaltDance Fest. This mesmerizing work is inspired by the work of visual artist Joseph Cornell. Chris Aiken is a leading international dance maker, performer and teacher of dance improvisation and contact improvisation. Over the past two and a half decades his work has evolved through ongoing investigations of performance, composition, movement technique and design. Angie Hauser is a dance maker, performer and teacher. Her work reflects the influences of improvisation, postmodern choreography, contact improvisation, ballet and butoh. Since 2000, Angie has been a member of the Bebe Miller Company, where she contributes to the creation of award winning dance works. In 2006 Angie was awarded a BESSIE (N.Y. Dance and Performance Award) for Creation and Choreography for her work with Bebe Miller Company. Angie and Chris have presented their dance works in the U.S. and Europe.

On June 4, the second evening, A Mesmerizing Stillness: Dances from New York, features work from New York choreographers Eiko + Koma, and Teri and Oliver Steele with an evening of dance, steeped in raw elemental movement and theater.

Internationally renowned Japanese-born choreographers/dancers Eiko + Koma, have been creating a unique and riveting theater of movement out of stillness, shape, light and sound since 1972. Their subjects are elemental; their message pitiless yet humanistic. On this concert they will perform their 2004 Duet to music by Rentaro Taki.

STEELEDANCE was founded in 1995 to support and showcase the unique and imaginative choreography of Teri Lee and Oliver Steele, who utilize fluidity and athleticism and a unique look at today’s culture, to create visually powerful and sensitive work. STEELEDANCE will present their 2002 work Still Waters Run.

In addition to the two concerts June 3rd and 4th, there is a panel discussion with the guest artists on June 8th at 8:00pm, MCD, and a showing of SaltDanceFest new works by guest artists & participants June 10th at 8:00pm, MCD. These are free and open to the public.

Performances are held in the Marriott Center for Dance (MCD) Hayes Christensen Theatre on the U of U Campus, 330 S 1500 E, Salt Lake City, just west of the Marriott Library. Tickets available through Kingsbury Hall Ticket Office, kingtix.com, 801.581.7100, or at the door. $12 general / $8 students, U faculty & staff, seniors. For concert and SaltDanceFest information: info@dance.utah.edu or contact Tyler Kunz at 801.581.7327.

Mary Poppins @ Broadway Across America-Utah/MagicSpace Productions (SLC: Sept 1 - Sept 25, onsale May 24)

FOR RELEASE: (May 20, 2011)
Photo Credit: The Original National Tour Company of MARY POPPINS perform “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” ©Disney/CML. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Tickets for

On Sale at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City
Tuesday, May 24

Performances Begin September 1 for Four Weeks at the Capitol Theatre

Zions Bank Broadway Across America Utah and producers Thomas Schumacher of Disney Theatrical Productions and Cameron Mackintosh announced today that tickets for the long-awaited production of MARY POPPINS will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, May 24 at 10:00am. Salt Lake City’s most eagerly awaited stage production will begin performances at the Capitol Theatre on Thursday, September 1 for a limited engagement of four weeks through Sunday, September 25, 2011. The opening night is Friday, September 2 at 8:00pm.

With four productions currently running on three continents, MARY POPPINS is one of the biggest stage musical successes to emerge from London or New York in recent years. Worldwide to date, the six productions of the show have grossed over $521 million, welcomed 7 million guests and cumulatively run 11.5 years. The musical is the winner of 36 major theatre awards around the globe, including Tony®, Olivier and Evening Standard awards.

The entire original creative team has reunited to bring this magical story of the world’s most famous nanny to audiences around North America. The MARY POPPINS North American Tour began performances on March 25, 2009 and has played to 1.5 million delighted theatergoers in 25 cities to date.

MARY POPPINS, a co-production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, opened on Broadway on November 16, 2006. Based on P.L. Travers' cherished stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, MARY POPPINS the stage play features the Academy Award®-winning music and lyrics of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The stage production has been created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who has written the book, and the Olivier Award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who have composed new songs and additional music and lyrics.

Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre leads the award-winning creative team, with co-direction and choreography by Tony® and Olivier Award winner Matthew Bourne. MARY POPPINS features set and costume design by TonyÒ Award winner Bob Crowley, co-choreography by Olivier Award winner Stephen Mear, lighting design by Howard Harrison, orchestrations by William David Brohn, and music supervision by David Caddick. The tour’s creative team includes Tour Director Anthony Lyn, Associate Choreographer Geoffrey Garrett, and Music Director Daniel Bowling.


MARY POPPINS received its worldwide premiere at the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End in December 2004. Following its successful three-year London run, the production launched an acclaimed U.K. tour.

The Broadway production of MARY POPPINS officially opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on November 16, 2006, recouping its initial Broadway investment within 52 weeks of its premiere in 2006. MARY POPPINS is the only show from the 2006-2007 theatrical season still in performance.

The MARY POPPINS North American tour has garnered continuous critical praise and achieved box office success since its launch in Chicago in March 2009.

MARY POPPINS can also be seen in Scheveningen, Netherlands (outside of Amsterdam at the Circus Theatre) and Sydney, Australia (at the Capitol Theatre, opening May 5th). Productions of MARY POPPINS have also been mounted in Finland, Denmark and the Czech Republic.


Columbus – Ohio Theatre
April 20 – May 8, 2011

Seattle – Paramount Theatre
May 12 – 29, 2011

Sacramento – Community Center Theatre
June 2 – 19, 2011

Portland – Keller Auditorium
June 22 – July 10, 2011

Costa Mesa – Segerstrom Center for the Arts
July 14 – 31, 2011

San Diego – San Diego Civic Theatre
August 10 – 28, 2011

Salt Lake City – Capitol Theatre
September 1 – 25, 2011

San Antonio – Majestic Theatre
September 29 – October 9, 2011

Chicago – Cadillac Palace Theatre
October 13 – November 6, 2011

Toronto – Princess of Wales Theatre
November 10 – December 18, 2011

In Salt Lake City, MARY POPPINS will play September 1 through September 25, Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm, Sunday evenings at 6:30pm and Saturday matinees at 2:00pm and Sunday matinees at 1:00pm. There will also be special 2:00pm matinee performances on Thursday, September 1 and Friday, September 23. There will not be a 6:30pm performance on Sunday, September 25. Ticket prices start as low as $23.50. Special Premium Ticket Packages are available at select performances, and include premium seating and a complimentary souvenir program. Beginning Tuesday, May 24, tickets will be available at the Capitol Theatre Box Office, ArtTix outlets, and online at www.ArtTix.org. To charge tickets, call ArtTix at 801-355-ARTS. Orders for groups of fifteen (15) or more may be placed by calling 801-703-2057.

The Salt Lake City engagement of MARY POPPINS is presented by arrangement with Zions Bank Broadway Across America Utah and is a subscription offering of the 2010-2011 Series.

For more information, please visit MaryPoppins.com


National Press Representative: Local Press Representative:
Scott A. Hemerling Elisabeth Nebeker
New Amsterdam Theatre Zions Bank Broadway Across America
214 West 42nd Street 610 E. South Temple, Ste 20
New York, New York 10036 Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Telephone: 212.703.1080 801.703.2059
Facsimile: 954.212.2483 801.355.2236

Distance Education Museum Training: Fall 2011 (Statewide)

For immediate release
May 19, 2011

Distance Education Museum Training

SALT LAKE CITY — University students and museum professionals are connecting through a unique partnership between Utah State University and the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. Since January, they have gathered in USU’s regional campuses and distance education (RCDE) classrooms to take courses in Fundraising or Museum Exhibitions. The two courses are the first of four planned for a certification program designed expressly for museum professionals, to be administered by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums in cooperation with the Utah Museums Association. Plans also call for at least eight courses, and likely more, to be available through online study that leads to academic certification in museum studies through Utah State University.

“The program will serve several constituencies,” said USU Museum of Anthropology and museum studies director Bonnie Pitblado, “University students world-wide seeking specialized museum training that rigorously prepares them for careers in the field, the museum professional seeking career advancement with a formal ‘stamp of approval’ in the form of a professional certification, and the older administrator or volunteer that wants access to advanced training and can take advantage of the senior audit rates.”

“The partnership with Utah State University and its extensive network of regional campuses and distance education centers allows us to bring qualified museum specialists to museum staff and volunteers across the state,” said Margaret Hunt, Director of the Division of Arts & Museums. “Those taking the classes may access them now via broadcast technology in nearly any community in Utah, and within another year or so, online from anywhere in the world,” Hunt continued.

Seven of the museum professionals in the two courses this spring attended through scholarships from the Division of Arts & Museums’ Office of Museum Services, and they worked closely with students on real-world projects. “Our fundraising class has students working with professionals to write grant proposals for seven different museums across the state”, said museum studies professor Curtis Ashton. “One student-professional team with no previous grant writing experience was awarded a grant for over $13,000, and another team recently received word that they had been awarded a $40,000 grant. Certainly every group has benefited from student eyes on their organizations and research on funding prospects.”

The exhibitions course has organized teams to create four exhibits in such diverse places as Blanding, St. George, Delta and Brigham City. In addition to guest lectures on art and design, they are learning project management skills from the practical experience of curators and museum directors in class.

Expertise flows both ways in the courses. In addition to new students working with seasoned professionals, some advanced students are teamed with staff and volunteers from emerging museums. Student Holly Andrew says “What I really enjoyed was meeting all the museums out there and being able to work with one across the state.” Wagon Land Adventure Foundation board member Roland Bringhurst said he has learned a tremendous amount from the course. “As a result we are currently working on a strategic plan which will give us a better direction for the future.”

Courses planned for the 15-week fall 2011 semester include Public Relations and Marketing for Museums (Thursday evenings, 5:15-7:45) and Museums of the World: History and Theory (Tuesday evenings, 5:15-7:45). Museum professionals over 62 years of age may take the courses for $10; younger professionals can take them through distance education or seek scholarships from the Utah Division of Arts & Museums Office of Museum Services. Anyone interested in registering for either course should contact Nick Hall at 435-797-7312, who oversees the quick-admit and registration process for any non-USU student. Again, the classes are available to nearly any Utah resident through USU’s RCDE live-time broadcast technology.

For more information about the certificate program or tuition scholarships for museum professionals visit the Division of Arts & Museums website at www.artsandmuseums.utah.gov or contact Curtis Ashton at curtis.ashton@usu.edu, 801.471.4222, or Wendi Hassan at whassan@utah.gov, 801.860.6396.

About the Utah Division of Arts & Museums
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is a division of the Utah Department of Community and Culture with a goal to promote innovation in and the growth of Utah’s arts and culture community. The Division provides funding, education, and technical services to individuals and organizations statewide so that all Utahns, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can access, understand, and receive the benefits of arts and culture. Additional information on the programs and services can be found at www.artsandmuseums.utah.gov or by calling 801.236.7555.

Course Descriptions

Public Relations and Marketing for Museums
This course explores strategies for developing a successful museum brand image that reaches target audiences and helps museums fulfill their mission. Students collaborate with actual museums across the state to research and test marketing models using multiple channels of communication. Discussions of pricing, publishing, managing friends groups and vendor contracts emphasize ethics and community responsibility.

Museums of the World: History and Theory
Since ancient times, people have had an interest in collecting and preserving artifacts of human ingenuity. Today’s museums have acquired additional functions as public spaces committed to education, research, and recreation. This course explores the history of museums from antiquity to the present as institutions simultaneously concerned with preserving relics of the past and educating audiences into the future. Readings and research projects highlight individual and institutional innovations in practice from around the world, providing a fitting context for standards in our own museums here at home.

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Sixteen-year-old Ian Will Receive His Make-A-Wish for a Tuba at Utah Symphony Dress Rehearsal


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Krachel Greenwood,
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah
(801) 884-9024
Hilarie Ashton,
Utah Symphony | Utah Opera
(801) 335-9387

Sixteen-year-old Ian Will Receive His Wish for a Tuba
at Utah Symphony Dress Rehearsal

WHAT: Ian, 16, will be granted his wish to have a tuba

WHERE: Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

WHEN: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 9:50 am

WHO: Make-A-Wish® kid Ian

On Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 at 9:50 am, 16-year-old wish kid Ian, of Orem, will receive his wish for a brand new tuba. Ian, who has Hodgkin’s lymphoma, has been playing the tuba since 7th grade. His mom says he plays the tuba every day, and that it identifies him. On Tuesday, May 24th, Ian and his family will arrive at Abravanel Hall under the assumption that they have been invited to watch a dress rehearsal for the Symphony’s upcoming performance. Utah Symphony Associate Conductor David Cho will take a break from rehearsal at approximately 9:50 a.m. to let Ian come on stage, where he will be presented with his tuba and tickets to the Utah Symphony performance that night. The orchestra members will all remain on stage for the presentation. Ian’s friends/family will be watching from the first tier audience seats of the hall. During the presentation Ian will also be given ten tickets for free admission to the Symphony’s performance on Tuesday night. Once the presentation is complete, Ian will be invited backstage to personally meet and talk with Utah Symphony’s principal tuba player, Gary Ofenloch.

For planning purposes, the actual presentation should not run more than about five minutes. Members of the media are asked to meet at the glass doors at the mouth of the alley west of Abravanel hall, just behind the ticket office, and will then be directed to the auditorium.


The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. With the help of generous donors and volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah granted 137 wishes last year. Located in its facility in Murray, A Wishing Place, the Foundation offers a quality wish experience that includes a magical wish-making ceremony in the Wishing Tower, special wish tokens to throw in a wish fountain, and plenty of room for wish-granting celebrations. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit www.utah.wish.org.


Utah Symphony | Utah Opera is dedicated to providing Utah residents and visitors with great performances which engage, educate and enrich lives. The Utah Symphony, which performs at Abravanel Hall, and Utah Opera, which performs at the Capitol Theatre, reach 450,000 citizens in Utah and the Intermountain region, with educational outreach programs serving more than 200,000 students annually. The organization employs 60 staff and 83 full-time musicians, presenting four full operas and more than 70 symphony performances in each regular season as well as a summer season at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. For more information please visit www.usuo.org.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Interesting ARTicles

The Law and Art: Issues

The American Idol of Opera

Thierry Fischer to Conductor "Rite of Spring" @ Utah Symphony (SLC: May 27 - 28)

May 18, 2011


SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Symphony Music Director Thierry Fischer will return to the Abravanel Hall stage to conduct the orchestra in its final performance of the 2010-2011 Masterworks Series and regular season.

They will present a program featuring one of the most important and influential works of the 20th Century, Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28 at 8 p.m. in Abravanel Hall (123 W. South Temple).

“The Rite of Spring,” known for the riots and fights that broke out during its 1913 Paris premiere, is also recognized as a groundbreaking 20th Century musical work with its complex rhythmic structures, timbres and percussive dissonance. This upcoming Utah Symphony program will also include works by two other important 20th Century composers, Charles Ives and Richard Strauss. The orchestra will perform Ives’ “Three Places in New England” and Strauss’ final completed work, “Four Last Songs,” featuring his favorite voice type, solo soprano. The Utah Symphony is honored to have guest artist Janice Chandler-Eteme joining them in this particular capacity.

Tickets for the performances range from $15 to $85 and can be purchased by calling (801) 355-ARTS (2787), in person at the Abravanel Hall ticket office or by visiting www.usuo.org. Students can purchase discounted tickets with a student ID. Season ticket holders and those desiring group discounts should call (801) 533-NOTE (6683). Ticket prices will increase $5 when purchased on the day of the performance.

Maestro Fischer and Toby Tolokan, Utah Symphony Vice President of Artistic Planning, will present a free pre-concert lecture each night, 45 minutes prior to the start of the performance in the First Tier Room of Abravanel Hall.

As part of Maestro Fischer’s focus on Stravinsky music, Utah Symphony principal keyboard Jason Hardink will offer an “Insight Into Stravinsky” lecture about “The Rite of Spring” Monday, May 23 in the level 4 meeting room of the Salt Lake City Downtown Public Library (200 E. 400 S.). For more information, contact Paula Fowler, Director of Education and Community Outreach at (801)869-9090.

Press photos available by logging in at http://www.utahsymphony.org/about/press-and-reviews/itemlist/category/35-media-kit. (Username: usuoimages, Password: media).

About Janice Chandler Eteme, Soprano

Janice Chandler Eteme has long been among America’s foremost lyric sopranos, singing an astonishing range of music with the world’s top orchestras and conductors. Recent career highlights include Strauss’ Four Last Songs with Yuri Temirkanov and the Baltimore Symphony, Daniel Hege and the Syracuse Symphony, Stefan Sanderling and the Florida Orchestra and with Peter Oundjian at the Grand Teton Music Festival. She sang Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with James Conlon and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and with Gabriel Levine and the Pittsburgh Symphony, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with Andrew Litton and the Dallas Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Mendelssohn’s Elijah both with Jahja Ling and the San Diego Symphony, and Orff’s Carmina Burana with Andreas Delfs and the Milwaukee Symphony.

A pre-eminent concert soloist, Ms. Chandler Eteme sang under the baton of Robert Shaw with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she has worked with such distinguished conductors as Marin Alsop, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Jo Ann Falletta, Claus Peter Flor, Neal Gittleman, Raymond Harvey, Carlos Kalmar, Yakov Kreizberg, Raymond Leppard, Christof Perick, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Alfred Savia, Robert Spano, Vladimir Spivakov, Edo de Waart and Hugh Wolff. She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, NHK (Japan), Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic. In addition, she has sung at the Bard Music Festival, Grand Park Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Chautauqua Festival, Prague Autumn International Music Festival, and at the Blossom Music Festival.

Ms. Chandler Eteme holds a Bachelor of Arts in vocal performance from Oakwood College, a Master of Music in vocal performance from Indiana University, and has studied with Virginia Zeani, Margaret Harshaw and Todd Duncan.


Charles Ives Three Places in New England
I. The Saint-Gaudens in Boston Common (Col. Shaw and his Colored Regiment)
II. Putnam's Camp, Redding, Connecticut
III. From the Housatonic at Stockbridge

Richard Strauss Four Last Songs
I. Frühling
II. September
III. Bein Schlafengehen
IV. Im Abendrot
Janice Chandler Eteme, Soprano

Igor Stravinsky Le Sacre du printemps “The Rite of Spring”
Part I: The Adoration of the Earth
Part II: The Sacrifice


Hilarie Ashton
Public Relations Manager
801.869.9027 office
801.335.9387 cell

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Interesting ARTicles

New International Ballet Competition

Sacramento Opera raises enough funds for 2011-12 season

Touring Orchestra Scams?

Met Opera, Juilliard SChool, NY Phil Partner to Save Live Music on Broadway

New York State Changes Deaccessioning Rules

Smithsonian Offers Employee Buyouts and Early Retirement Plans

24 Hour Fundraising Campaign for Several Arts Groups in Pittsburgh

Sustainability Grants @ Div of Art and Museums (Deadline: June 30)

For immediate release
May 17, 2011

Grant opportunities available for Utah arts organizations
Online applications are due by June 30

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is now accepting online applications for Nonprofit Arts Organization Sustainability Grants. These grants provide funding to nonprofit arts organizations for general operating expenses. The purpose of this funding is to ensure that the cultural, civic, educational and economic benefits of the arts are accessible to every community in the state. The deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m., June 30, 2011.

“These nonprofit organizations offer a variety of services to strengthen the arts in their communities and throughout Utah,” said Margaret Hunt, Utah Division of Arts & Museums Director. “We are proud to be able to offer this financial assistance to help arts organizations continue providing cultural and educational opportunities.”

To be eligible for sustainability grants, organizations must have received three years of consecutive funding from the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. Matching funds are required. Applicants are encouraged to go to www.artsandmuseums.utah.gov, click on “Funding” ? “Grants” ? and then the checkbox associated with Nonprofit Arts Organization Sustainability grants to download specific grant guidelines and requirements. Review and approval of this grant is determined by the Utah Arts Council Board of Directors and administered by the staff of the Division of Arts & Museums.

For questions or assistance with the application process, please contact Katie Woslager at kwoslager@utah.gov or call 801.236.7550.

About the Utah Division of Arts & Museums
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is a division of the Utah Department of Community and Culture with a goal to promote innovation in and the growth of Utah’s arts and culture community. The Division provides funding, education, and technical services to individuals and organizations statewide so that all Utahns, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can access, understand, and receive the benefits of arts and culture. Additional information on programs and services can be found at www.artsandmuseums.utah.gov or by calling 801.236.7555.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Madame X @ Pygmalion Theatre (SLC: May 27 - 29)


Fran Pruyn

Pygmalion Theatre Company

Ph: 801-971-4362



“Madame X” – An Original Cabaret from Pygmalion Theatre Company


SALT LAKE CITY UTAH, May 16, 2011 - Pygmalion Productions announces the world premiere of “Madame X,” written and performed by Janice Hall, a 2011 Honoree at the 26th Annual Bistro Awards, honoring New York’s jazz and cabaret community last month in New York City. Ms. Hall was honored alongside Dionne Warwick, Carol Channing, Tyne Daly and Michael Feinstein.

The cabaret “Madame X” looks at both the legend and the reality of some of Hollywood's leading ladies of the 20s through the 60s. Through Ms. Hall’s lush, award-winning voice, along with music, costumes, and quotes and images of the people who lived it, the show takes us on a journey through the grit and glamour of historic Hollywood.

“Bringing ‘Madam X’ to Salt Lake City is the perfect way to wrap up a diverse and successful season for Pygmalion Productions,” said Artistic Director Fran Pruyn. “This promises to be a moving—and delicious--evening of music, song, and story.” Singers and musicians backing up “Madam X” include Jeffrey Price as the musical director and accompanist, Dee Dee Darby Duffin, who thrilled audiences as Billie Holliday in Pygmalion’s production of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” Jolene Rausch, and Tamara Johnson-Howell, whose sensuality and humor contributed to the success of Pygmalion’s “The Good Body.”

This production is a unique intersection for Janice Hall and Fran Pruyn, who grew up a few houses from each other in Colorado, and have been friends since the age of nine. Sharing a passion for theatre, their two lives followed a shared but geographically separated path; Janice in New York City receiving acclaim for her voice and performance, while Fran produced and directed thought-provoking theatre in Salt Lake City, highlighting the experience and lives of women.

“You know how when you really love different people, you want them to get to know one another? That’s what this collaboration is like for me, to be able to bring Janice’s talent here to share with Salt Lake audiences,” said Pruyn.

In covering Hall’s Bistro-winning original production "Grand Illusions: The Music of Marlene Dietrich," theatre reviewer Roy Sander wrote,
Despite her classical training, Hall can let loose like someone who's cut her professional teeth in nightclubs… Some of her interpretations achieve a status beyond merely wonderful; they are memorable, unique, standards against which other renditions should be compared."

“Madame X” will play for four performances only, May 27, 28, and 29th. All shows at the Rose Wagner Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre - 138 W. Broadway. Tickets are available through ArtTix at 801-355-ARTS.

Pygmalion Theatre Company produces plays that reflect issues, concerns, and shared experiences in the lives of women.