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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Utah Arts & Museums Announces Arts Education Grants (deadline March 1)

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For immediate release               Alyssa Hickman Grove, 801.236.7548
16 January 2013                        Constituent Relations & Media, Utah Arts & Museums

Geoffrey Fattah, 801.245.7205
Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Heritage and Arts

Utah Arts & Museums Announces Arts Education Grants

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums is now accepting online applications for arts education grants for the 2013-14 school year. The due date for submitting applications is 5 p.m. on March 1, 2013.

There are two arts education grants. The first is for teacher-initiated projects, which provide funding for teachers to gain skills in an artistic discipline of their choice. The second is for grants to schools and school districts, which offer either an artist-in-residence, which provides schools with funds to bring an artist into a school for 40 hours of instruction, or arts education projects, which provide funds for a comprehensive project using the services of artists or artistic companies.

“Arts education grants are a wonderful aid for teachers and schools who seek to provide high-caliber arts learning to their students,” said Margaret Hunt, Director of Utah Arts & Museums. “We encourage schools across the state to apply for this important funding opportunity.”

A notable arts education grantee is Whitehorse High School, where grant funds are used to participate in the Native American Composers Apprenticeship Project (NACAP). NACAP is an outreach program of the Grand Canyon Music Festival and is dedicated to teaching Native American students to compose concert music by having them collaborate with a Native American composer and a string quartet. In 2011, NACAP won a President’s Committee for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Representatives from the President’s Committee attended a 2012 concert at Whitehorse High School, where the string quartet ETHEL of New York City performed the work of Whitehorse High School youth composers.

The grant guidelines can be accessed by visiting artsandmuseums.utah.gov and clicking on “Funding,” then “Grants.” The grant applications can be found online at https://utahdcc.secure.force.com/portal. For assistance with the application process, please contact Jean Tokuda Irwin at jirwin@utah.gov or 801.245.7288 or Katie Woslager at kwoslager@utah.gov or 801.236.7550.

About Utah Arts & Museums
Utah Arts & Museums is a division of the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts 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 artsandmuseums.utah.gov or by calling 801.236.7555.

Alyssa Hickman Grove
Constituent Relations & Media
617 E. South Temple, SLC, UT 84102
Phone: 801.236.7548

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