We are happy to announce that Lynnette Hiskey has been appointed Director of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums following a nationwide search. Lynnette has worked with the Division for the past nine years and before that managed Salt Lake County's Zoo, Arts and Parks Program. Congratulations, Lynnette!
Come visit our redesigned website. Find general information on our museum page or check out regional and national funding opportunities on MuseOps.
Proposed cuts to NEA/NEH
Last week the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee recommended $71M (49%) budget cuts for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. These organizations have already absorbed 20% budget reductions over the past three years. Many museums in Utah benefit from NEA and NEH funding. Although this is an early stage in the budget process, if this is important to you, you can send a personalized message to your representative. Click here for the NEA and here for the NEH.
Congratulations to the recipients of Utah Arts & Museums 2013 Museum Grants.
Museum Development Grants
American Fork DUP Museum, $1,000
Coalville DUP Museum, $1,000
Daughters of Utah Pioneers Vernal, $1,000
Daughters of Utah Pioneers Salem, $1,000
John Carver Cabin, $1,000
Orderville Kane County DUP Museum, $1,000
Provo SUP Pioneer Village, $1,000
Weber DUP Miles Goodyear Cabin, $1,000
Museum Project Grants
Alf Engen Ski Museum, $6,000
Anasazi State Park Museum, $6,000
Bountiful/Davis Art Center, $3,300
Box Elder Museum, $6,000
Brigham City Museum-Gallery, $6,000
Brigham Young University, $6,000
Clark Planetarium, $6,000
Conservation Garden Park Jordan Valley, $4,800
Discovery Gateway Childrens Museum, $6,000
Fort Douglas Military Museum, $6,000
Fremont Indian State Park and Museum, $6,000
Friends of the Tracy Aviary, $6,000
Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, $4,800
Hill Aerospace Museum, $6,000
Kimball Art Center, $6,000
Museum of the San Rafael, $4,800
Natural History Museum of Utah, $6,000
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, $5,000
Ogden Dinosaur Park, $5,000
Orem Heritage Museum, $4,800
Park City Museum, $6,000
Sandy Museum, $4,800
Springville Museum of Art, $6,000
St. George Art Museum, $3,200
St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site, $4,800
Syracuse Museum and Cultural Center, $6,000
Thanksgiving Point, $6,000
The Leonardo, $4,800
The Living Planet Aquarium, $6,000
Topaz Museum, $6,000
USU Museum of Anthropology, $6,000
Utah Botanical Center, $6,000
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, $4,800
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, $6,000
UMA/WMA Conference Oct 9-12
This year we have a unique opportunity to attend the Western Museums Association Conference October 9-12. It's a treat to be hosting WMA in Salt Lake, and the Utah Museums Association has partnered with WMA to hold a joint conference. Be sure to sign up for special UMA events. See the conference program here. Early birdregistration ends July 31.
We are updating our museum brochure in collaboration with the Utah Museums Association and the Utah Humanities Council. Museum Specialist Curtis Ashton is spearheading the project. We will continue to encourage people to visit the online museum directory on the UMA website, but we see the value in having a publication for visitors bureaus. You can help us ensure that your information is correct by checking your listing on the online directory and letting us know of any updates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Change Leader Institute
The Change Leader Program is a professional development course with an active network of more than 150 course graduates. The next Institute has been scheduled for November 11-13 in Moab. The participation fee is $100-$400 based on organization's size. We are especially seeking candidates from Beaver, Carbon, Daggett, Emery, Uintah, Juab, Morgan, Piute, Sevier and Wayne counties
Eighteen Utah Museums are participating in the Blue Star Museums program, more than 2,000 museums across the country that provide free admission to active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Find some museum profiles on the Blue Star Blog.
Box Elder Museum
Brigham City Museum-Gallery
World of Puppetry Museum
Museum of the San Rafael
Summit County Historical Society
Farmington Historical Museum
USU Museum of Anthropology
Wasatch Mountain State Park-Huber Grove
Morgan County DUP Museum
North Ogden Historical Museum
Ogden's Union Station
Treehouse Children's Museum
Orem Heritage Museum
Prehistoric Museum USU-Eastern
George A Smith Pioneer Village
St. George Art Museum
Fort Douglas Military Museum
International Daughters of Utah Pioneers
Natural History Museum
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Gale Center of History and Culture
Historic WendoverAirfield Museum
West Jordan Historical Society
Museum Day Live!
Open your doors for free to Museum Day Live ticket holders on Saturday, September 28. We encourage everyone in Utah to visit a museum on Museum Day. Free every day? You can still participate. Register here as soon as possible to take advantage of nationwide advertising. Tickets go live August 1.
USHRAB Grants due August 30
The Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board is happy to announce that it has funding available for archival activities that promote the preservation of and public access to Utah's historical records and documents. Applications are due August 30, 2013. Visit MuseOps for more regional and national funding opportunities for museums.