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New Change Leaders Named by Utah Arts & Museums (two are UCA board members!)

For immediate release
22 November 2011

Contact:      Wendi Hassan, Communications Specialist, 801.860.6396
Utah Division of Arts & Museums

Geoffrey Fattah, Communications Director, 801.386.4755
Utah Department of Community and Culture

New Change Leaders Named by Utah Arts & Museums

SALT LAKE CITY —Utah Arts & Museums announces 14 new graduates of the Change Leader Institute, an innovative leadership development program for arts-interested individuals and organizations.  The participants receiving certification are:

Alisha Tolman Burton, St. George, Art on Main
Douglas Caputo, Kayenta, The Space Between Theatre Company
Kirsten Darrington, Salt Lake City, Utah Symphony|Utah Opera
Derek Dyer, Salt Lake City, Utah Arts Alliance
Ghulam Hasnain, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake American Muslim
LeAnn Hord, Herriman, Oquirrh Mountain Symphony
Kaia Landon, Brigham City, Brigham City Museum-Gallery
Susan Neidert, Brigham City, Brigham City Fine Arts Council
Michelle Patrick, Salt Lake City, People Productions
Kami Terry Paul, Cedar City, Utah Shakespeare Festival
Natalie Petersen, Springville, Springville Museum of Art
Richard W. Sline, Layton, Weber State University (emeritus)
Melissa Spuhler, Garden City, Bear Lake Arts Council/Utah
John Witmer, Salt Lake City, West Valley Symphony Orchestra

“Change Leader training is a great opportunity for individuals to gain leadership skills that can help organizations and communities grow,” said Margaret Hunt, Director of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums. “They also become part of a larger network of people committed to positive change in communities through the arts.”

The Change Leader Institute is a professional certification program that focuses on developing leaders of change. Participants acquire new skills to help them gain a greater awareness of the needs of their communities and organizations and the ability to respond effectively to those needs. Official certification involves an intensive training course, completion of a community project, and on-going participation in professional development events.

Certification projects allow participants to utilize the Change Leader training in a practical, individually meaningful way.  Projects for this class of Change Leaders included:
·         Bringing county residents together to celebrate old time stories, cowboy poetry and musical numbers at a new annual event.
·         Uniting remote alumnus of a liberal arts college to encourage financial support for scholarships.
·         Developing and implementing a student access card program to encourage a new generation of audience members.
·         Creating a website to connect arts administration students and emerging arts professionals in Utah.
·         Seeking new sources of funding for youth arts programs.
·         Strengthening a fractured board of directors.
·         Ensuring the continuation of a popular gallery walk program by sharing leadership.
·         Creating a collaborative exhibition focusing on community history.
·         Strengthening an emerging, diverse, theatre company.
·         Creating and producing an event with performances from eight groups and over 100 performers representing global cultures using digital media content.
·         Conducting a museum self-study assessment and review of best practices.
·         Restructuring board composition and initiating a financial audit.
·         Developing a “training the trainers” program.
·         Starting neighborhood small music group ensembles for a small symphony.

These recent graduates of the program join over 100 Change Leaders across Utah including administrators, volunteers and staff members of arts organizations, museums, chambers of commerce, government agencies, and grassroots community organizations. 

For more information visit artsandmuseums.utah.gov or contact Wendi Hassan at whassan@utah.gov or 801-860-6396.

About the Change Leader Program
The Change Leader Program is a professional development course and an active network of course graduates. Participants attend a three-day intensive institute that lays the basics for assessing the environment for needs and opportunities, teaches the communication skills to shape and obtain commitment, and outlines the facilitation skills that transition groups and implement change. Following the institute, Change Leaders practice these skills by completing a certification project

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 and growth in 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.

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