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Monday, May 21, 2012

NEWS: New Change Leaders Named by Utah Arts & Museums

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums announces 11 new graduates of the Change Leader Institute, an innovative leadership development program for arts-interested individuals and organizations. The participants receiving certification are:

Renee Milne, Tooele, Tooele City Arts Council

Laretta Beesley, Clinton, Clinton Arts Board

Melissa Hempel, Orem, Woodbury Art Museum

Janna Lauer, Salt Lake City, Heart & Soul

Nicole Sterling, Cedar City, Utah Shakespeare Festival

Theresa Ellis, Eden, Ogden Valley Arts

Signe Adams, St. George, Nick Adams Photography

Brent Boylan, Manti, Manti City Arts Council

Teresa Boylan, Manti, Manti City Arts Council

Chris Peterson, Salt Lake City, Great West Institute

Irma Ramos, Sandy, Vientos del Sur

“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 Utah 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 ongoing 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:

§ Building public awareness of a Parks, Arts and Recreation Tax during its reauthorizing year

§ Organizing a children’s choir and building participation in a community sing-along

§ Highlighting women in printmaking through workshops and a museum exhibition

§ Building a Web site to help bring music and performing arts to isolated people

§ Initiating online fundraising auctions

§ Organizing community leaders and supporters in a common cause

§ Transforming a declining industrial complex into a thriving art space

§ Establishing a local arts council

§ Facilitating the creation of a 145’ by 40’ public mural

§ Organizing a special event to reinvigorate a cultural organization

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

About Utah Arts & Museums

Utah 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.

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