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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Arts & Museums Museums Newsletter Dec 2013

Museum Survey
Each year we gather information from Utah's museums to help us monitor trends, identify pressing needs, communicate with legislators and the public and provide Utah's museums with current data for benchmarking and goal setting. Click HERE to take the survey.

Thanks to your responsiveness last year we were able to report (just in time for Museum Advocacy Day) that nearly 7 million visitors attended Utah's museums in 2012. We shared our raw data with the Utah Heritage Foundation to inform their Profits through Preservation study, and we've posted past results on our website.

Please make sure someone from your museum has completed the survey by January 31 so we can have results in time for Museum Advocacy Day. I recommend coordinating so only one person from each museum responds. I can remove duplicates, of course (please make sure you enter your museum's name so I can tell) but we don't want to waste anyone's time.

Museum Board
Many thanks to Hal Hickman who has given many years of dedicated service to the Museum Board. We will miss his perspective and experience at board meetings. We look forward to getting to know our three new museum board members Marie Barlow, Shane Gosdis, & Mike Winder.

Museum Grants
We are excited to welcome our new Grants Manager, Laurie Baefsky, a seasoned grantwriter with NEA and IMLS experience. She will join our team January 15. Until then, grants questions can be directed to Leah Piccolo and Kirsten Darrington, 801.236.7555.

Mark your calendars for the museum grants deadline March 28, 2014. Applications will be available in early February.

Development grants for museums open less than 1,000 hours per year, awards up to $1,000 
Project grants - for museums open more than 1,000 hours per year, awards up to $15,000
Office grants - for nonprofit and university partners with training and field service resources, awards up to $20,000.

You'll notice a few changes. The award maximum for Project Grants has been raised from $6,000 to $15,000 and an Office Grant category has been added to move our partnerships to a competitive online process in line with our other museum grants.

UMA Conference Session Proposals
due January 17, 2014
Submit your ideas for the next Utah Museums Association Conference and help shape the conversation in Utah's museum community. The conference will be held September 30 to October 2, 2014 in Cedar City with the theme Storytelling for the Future. Find proposal instructions online HERE.

Visual Arts Fellowship
Applications due February 3, 2014
Since 1986 Utah Arts & Museums has awarded Visual Arts Fellowships to individual professional visual artists in Utah to acknowledge their artistic excellence and encourage their careers. Two $10,000 Fellowships will be awarded in 2014. Applications are online at visualartsfellowship.org until February 3. Please help us spread the word!

Governor's Leadership in the Arts
Nominations due February 13th
Nominate an arts leader for these awards to be given in conjunction with the Mountain West Arts Conference May 1. More information HERE.

Upcoming Events
Jan 17 - UMA Conference session proposals due
Jan 17 - Nonprofit Academy applications due
Jan 31 - Museum Survey deadline
Feb 3 - Visual Arts Fellowship applications due
Mar 28 - Museum Grants due
Sep 30-Oct 2 - UMA Conference, Cedar City

Thursday, December 19, 2013

NEWS: Americans for the Arts federal legislative year end analysis

As 2013 draws to a close, we are pleased to send you this end-of-year update to provide a quick snapshot of where federal policy stands in light of various December congressional agreements—and what to anticipate up ahead as it impacts arts and culture.

Congress successfully forged a groundbreaking 2-year agreement on federal spending levels.  Under the agreement, discretionary spending for FY2014 will increase to $1.012 trillion, above the otherwise sequester-imposed level of $967 billion. 

Congress will now work to advance appropriations bills under the higher spending level by January 15—the date the federal government will otherwise shut down, unless there is another Continuing Resolution (CR) in place.  The current Continuing Resolution funding the federal government expires on January 15.

Given that the budget agreement is an increase to the spending levels from the funding bills advanced this spring and summer in the U.S. House of Representatives, we can assume the bill that funds the NEA (Interior-EPA) would see addition funding; however, given the policy controversy surrounding the bill (read:  EPA), most expectations are for this bill to see only CR funding.  In that scenario, we would anticipate NEA funding to fall somewhere between FY2012 funding of $146.255 million and the FY2013 sequester level of approximately $138.4 million.  In sum, it is still a very fluid situation.  Decisions on how Congress will try to finalize FY2014 funding are likely unknown until after the new year.  But note, even in a case that final FY2014 funding to the NEA is carried at current levels, that level is still a higher level than the scenario under the sequester—recall that the House advanced 2014 sequester-compliant bills with a proposed a 49% cut to NEA!  So, the current “worst” case is still better than a situation without the budget agreement.

Further, even better good news is that the agreement also “locks-in” spending for FY2015 at an increased level.  As you know, Congress traditionally begins hearings in March and can now move forward with that work with a budget agreement already in place.  With your help, we will be working to increase funding to the NEA to the President’s requested level (and Arts Advocacy Day 2013 requested level) of $155 million.

Both the NEA and NEH continue to operate without a confirmed chair to lead the agencies.  Some of the new rules in how the Senate considers Administration nominees may help accelerate this sluggish process – and there is some renewed hope for some news in the new year – but we have not heard more yet here either.  We continue to press for this leadership and look forward to welcoming new Chairs hopefully soon.  See our CEO’s comments on this topic in a recent Washington Post article.

Tax reform status largely remains unchanged.  There are no new legislative developments and all the promises for a draft House bill in the Fall didn’t transpire, although the Senate did publicly release three discussion drafts on less controversial provisions (international tax reform, tax administration, and tax accounting rules).  A deadline for comment on those has been set for January 17th, so expect no new Senate news until at least after then.

In terms of prospects going forward for tax changes, there are three driving factors:  First, given that no tax changes were included in the budget agreement (and thus no bargaining chips or “low fruit” taken), there is an expectation that tax reform advancement may be possible early next year.  Rep. Paul Ryan, a leader on the budget compromise and member on the House Ways and Means Committee, has been giving credence to that possibility in his recent public remarks

Second, another factor that may aid reform is that Congress didn’t renew more than 50 temporary tax provisions that expire on December 31, including the IRA charitable rollover.  These could be extended retroactively next year, possibly in a reform package.  Extending them all would cost more than $938 billion over a decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office, so there is still much negotiating to be done.

Third,  Sen. Max Baucus, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, is expected to be nominated by the White House to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to China.  Sen. Baucus already announced his retirement beginning at the end of 2014, but there is speculation that this news may further truncate timelines to make an agreement less likely—or more likely, depending on your perspective!

2014 Calendar
Final funding levels for FY2014 (and beginning work on FY2015 appropriations!) and possible tax changes potentially impacting charitable giving are the two main congressional issues impacting arts and culture that will immediately meet us in the new year.  The State of the Union is scheduled for Tuesday, January 28th with an Administration’s FY 2015 budget proposal expected as soon as the following week.  Happily, Congress is expected to begin appropriations hearings in March and as you know, Arts Advocacy Day is timed to coincide during those appropriations activities.

We will provide you with an update after the new year on developments and latest movements in Washington.  Until then, thank you for your tremendous work and advocacy, and

Happy holidays!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Program and Events Manager @ Utah Nonprofit Association


Salary: DOE starting at $31
Job Description: The Program and Event Manager is responsible for all aspects of the professional development program. The Program and Event Manager will liaise with relevant board committees and work with other staff, community partners and members to develop program curriculum for nonprofits of all types and sizes to increase impact and build capacity for nonprofit organizations across the state. This position will manage and integrate UNA’s and collaborative events into the professional development program. As a member of the UNA team and to help the team operate smoothly this position will manage UNA’s volunteer and intern program.


Implementation of a Nonprofit Professional Development training program

• Develop a statewide curriculum and professional development plan to match the needs of members, liaise with board committees, consultants, members, presenters, sponsors and staff to determine member needs and trends in the industry
• Recruit and select presenters, obtain proposals and agreements with each presenter, follow through with payment paperwork
• Determine venues, schedules, and logistics
• Advertize, market, and promote courses to insure maximum attendance
• Administer trainings: Manage registration and event details, conduct course evaluations and surveys, share travel responsibility with ED for statewide trainings
• Maintain training records/database and prepare monthly reports
• Participate in training-related grant/funding proposals and reports
• Manage and administer UNA’s collaborative and related events; tie regular events into professional development curriculum: UNEDA meetings, Networking socials, Nonprofit Day on the Hill, Philanthropy Day, Economic Summit, and others as opportunities arise.

Volunteer Management
• Develop and maintain UNA’s volunteer management program
• Work with staff to identify UNA needs, write volunteer and intern job descriptions
• Promote UNA volunteer positions, recruit and engage appropriate volunteers and interns to maintain necessary staffing levels for UNA programs year round
• Execute volunteer and intern recognition plan

Communication, Website and Social Media

• Work with all UNA staff to coordinate and execute communications plan
• Prepare and distribute periodic public service announcements and press releases related to professional development events
• Update UNA website as needed and liaise with website support
• Manage Facebook, Twitter and other social media activities
• Prepare and distribute monthly electronic training communication

Function as part of the Utah Nonprofits Association Integration Team

• Remain current with UNA policies and procedures
• Offer ideas for improvement or change in all operational areas
• Attend Association events on and off site
• Attend and participate in UNA staff and tactical meetings
• Attend monthly meetings of the UNA Board and Executive Committee
• Become cross trained regarding administrative duties to enable team coverage


Executive Director

Qualifications and Skills Preferred

• Bachelor’s Degree and demonstrated commitment to nonprofit sector
• Experience with curriculum development and training coordination
• Experience with event planning, marketing, and sales
• Excellent computer and technical skills (Microsoft programs required, database and web design a plus); ability to learn new software quickly; a comfort with technology
• Superior interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
• Excellent customer service skills; outgoing and pleasant; ability to adapt to changes in environment and trainer/attendee/member needs
• Ability to travel to offsite trainings—estimated travel time is 10% of position


This an exempt full-time (40 hours per week) position. The UNA office is open between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The person in this position is expected to travel occasionally to facilitate trainings across the state and to attend UNA after-hours off-site events with an adjustment to the regular work schedule.


Salary DOE starting at $31,200 plus $2,000 toward individual health insurance; contribution to retirement account after 3 months.
Location: UNA office in Salt Lake City
Status: Full Time


How to Apply: Email cover letter, resume and 3 references to Patty Shreve, pshreve@utahnonprofits.org
Interviews will begin in January. No calls please.
Closing Date: Dec. 31
Your Website: Visit organizational website.


Contact Name: Patty Shreve
Send an Email

JOB: Marketing Director @ Cache Valley Center for the Arts

The CVCA is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation located in Historic Downtown
Logan, Utah. The Center operates the Historic 1100 seat Ellen Eccles Theater
(1923), Bullen Arts Center, and Historic Thatcher-Young Mansion. Website:

I Marketing, Public Relations, Promotion, Branding and Sales
a. Presenting & Educational Events & Programs
b. Media Releases.
c. Event documentation, photos of CVCA activities/events, and other functions to
 provide for promotional opportunities and historical record.
d. Arrange and coordinate media appearances for visiting artists and CVCA program
f. Supervise volunteers for distribution of promotional materials.
II Memberships, Promotion Partners & Sponsorships
a. Communication, solicitation and acknowledgement of members and sponsors.
 b. Oversee “Take a Seat” program.
 c. Administer Media Partner and other in-kind donor program.
III Program Booklet
a. Create solicitation prospect list, timeline and deadlines.
b. Create layout and content plan.
c. Solicit bids for design and printing of booklet.
d. Create solicitation piece and execute sales.
.IV Development Support
a. Create presentation pieces for capital and endowment campaigns.
b. Contribute documentation and composition for grant proposals administered and
composed by other CVCA staff.
c. Administer and compose grant proposals related to marketing and promotion.
V Website and Social Media
 a. Research design and hosting vendors and make recommendations for
 best vendor(s) choice and content.
b. Administer and maintain all content of the CVCA website.
c. Compose and solicit content for blogs and social media.
d. Publish monthly e-newsletter.
VI Community Calendar
a. Administer, collect content and design calendar of arts events in Cache Valley.
b. Coordinate postings with ticket office.
VII Graphic Design
a. Design and /or supervise design and execution of all brochures, advertising and
promotional materials of the CVCA.
b. Solicit bids for outside services.
VIII Budget
a. Recommend promotional budget for all event and educational programs.
b. Recommend printing, vendor and design budget.

 Three to five years of experience in related position. College degree or comparable
 All of the Marketing Director responsibilities require collaboration, coordination and
cooperation with other CVCA personnel, businesses and community members.
 The person in this position must be comfortable in making presentations and
communicating with all constituencies.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office software is required. Desktop publishing preferred and
graphic design skills a plus.
 The Marketing Director is part of the senior management team and reports to the
Executive Director.

 Full time exempt salaried position.
 Competitive salary based on training and experience.
 Health Insurance and 401K program.
 Paid vacations and holidays.

No phone calls please.
Send Cover Letter, Resume and References via email only to:
James D. Kreutzberg
Executive Director

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The National Endowment for the Arts Announces $25.8 Million in Grants for the First Round of FY 2014 Funding

Washington, DC —NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that 1,083 grants totaling $25.8 million will be awarded to organizations and individuals across the country for grants in the categories of Art Works, Challenge America, and Creative Writing Fellowships.

"The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States," said Shigekawa. "Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable experiences for the public to engage with the arts."

Art Works Grants
Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence: public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancing the livability of communities through the arts. The Art Works grant program supports projects in 13 artistic disciplines. Examples of project types are commissions, residencies, workshops, performances, exhibitions, publications, festivals, and professional development programs. Art Works grants, like all NEA grants to organizations, require a 1:1 match with non-federal funds.
The NEA received 1,528 eligible Art Works applications, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 895 are recommended for grants for a total of $23.4 million. Grant amounts range from $10,000 to $100,000 with an average grant amount of $26,154.
Examples of projects supported by Art Works grants are:

Arts Education
Austin Creative Alliance
Austin, TX
To support professional development for African-American and Hispanic teaching artists who will help implement the Kennedy Center's Any Given Child initiative in Austin. During a pilot professional development program, teaching artists will be trained to understand arts education and their role in providing leadership for arts education.

Monica Bill Barnes & Company
New York, NY
To support the creation and presentation of Running In Circles. A new work choreographed by Monica Bill Barnes in collaboration with radio host Ira Glass. Running In Circles is intended to develop new audiences across disciplines and test a new production model for dance.

Folk and Traditional Arts
Passamaquoddy Tribe
Perry, ME
To support the museum exhibit Passamaquoddy Cultural Renewal. A rotating exhibit of Passamaquoddy traditional arts such as quill work, birch bark baskets, woodcarving, and sweet grass baskets, produced by tribal artists and their students, will be installed at the Waponahki Museum.

University of Iowa (on behalf of the Iowa Review)
Iowa City, IA
To support the publication and promotion of issues of the journal featuring writing by and about U.S. military veterans. The journal will conduct a writing contest for U.S. veterans, a public reading, website gallery, and special promotion of issues featuring veterans' work.

Media Arts
Film Streams (aka Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater)
Omaha, NE
To support a series of curated films. The series will include the presentation of repertory programming, film events with arts and social service organizations, and special programs.

Nelson Gallery Foundation (aka The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art)
Kansas City, MO
To support the traveling exhibition Calling the Buffalo: Art of the Plains Indians of North America. Organized in partnership with the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, the exhibition will present Plains Indian masterworks collected by European explorers, travelers in the 18th and early 19th centuries, and post-1850 treasures housed in American museums and private collections.

Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music (aka Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse)
Berkeley, CA
To support the Genre Bending Innovators series. Concerts and workshops at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse will feature local and touring musicians seeking to create cutting-edge new forms within traditional genres such as bluegrass, blues, jazz, klezmer, and old time.

Opera Carolina
Charlotte, NC
To support a new production of Rise For Freedom, a one-act opera by composer Adolphus Hailstork and librettist David Gonzalez. Commissioned in 2006, the opera follows the true life story of John Parker in 1860s Ripley, Ohio, who was the son of a white father and a black mother, bought his freedom, owned and operated an iron foundry, and fought against slavery as a leader in the Underground Railroad.

Presenting and Multidisciplinary Works
Double Edge Theatre Productions
Ashfield, MA
To support The Saragossa Manuscripts, an indoor/outdoor traveling spectacle. The work was created by the Double Edge ensemble in collaboration with a multidisciplinary cohort of local and international artists.

Theater/Musical Theater
Children's Theatre Company and School
Minneapolis, MN
To support the commissioning and production of new work for young audiences. One of the commissioned pieces will be Nautilus, a site-specific work in which audiences will be transported to an underwater world where they will become part of the story by Ryan Underbakke. The Children's Theatre also will present Seedfolks and The Arrival.

Visual Arts
M12 Incorporated (aka M12 Art Collective)
Byers, CO
To support Action on the Plains: Contemporary Art in Rural Environments, an artist-in-residence program. Residencies will support the creation of site-specific art works in the High Plains region of Colorado, focusing specifically on the small town of Last Chance. Artists Haiko Meijer of architectural studio Onix (The Netherlands); visual artist Fiona Woods (Ireland); and Colorado-based photographer Matt Slaby will examine issues of landscape interpretation, agrarian and post-agrarian economies, and cultural identity.

Challenge America Grants
The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers $10,000 matching grants to support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Challenge America Fast-Track grants support two major outcomes: public engagement with diverse and excellent art and livability, or the strengthening of communities through the arts. These grants focus on local projects including festivals, exhibits, performances, public murals and sculptures, environmental art, and cultural tourism. All Challenge America Fast-Track grants involve professionally trained, experienced artists and arts professionals.

In this FY 2014 funding round, the NEA received 294 eligible Challenge America Fast-Track applications requesting $2.94 million in funding. The NEA will award 150 Challenge America Fast-Track grants totaling $1.5 million to organizations in 46 states, including 33 first-time NEA grantees representing 22 percent of CAFT grantees in this round.

Examples of projects supported in this round of Challenge American Fast-Track are:

    A grant to the St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, Michigan to support a literary and visual arts project for veterans in this region. Presenting artists include poet and veteran Brian Turner and Richard Casper, a ceramist, photographer, and United States Marine veteran.
    A grant to the City of Round Rock, Texas, to support a performance of Light it up Blue by Blue Lapis Lights, a site-specific aerial dance company.  Taking place in Prete Main Street Plaza during Autism Awareness Month, this event is aimed at low-income adolescents and persons affected by autism.
    A grant to the City of Berea, Kentucky/Tourist and Convention Commission to support the Berea Public Art Tour, which will provide online, mobile, and other promotional resources that highlight this city as a home to a  thriving population of weavers, instrument makers, furniture artisans, musicians, and other artists.

Creative Writing Fellowships
NEA Creative Writing Fellowships provide non-matching grants of $25,000 to published writers that enable them to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. NEA fellowships are highly competitive. The NEA received more than 1,300 eligible manuscripts in this round. Successful manuscripts are selected through an anonymous, panel-review process for which the sole review criteria is artistic excellence and merit.

The NEA will support 38 fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) totaling $950,000. The 38 fellows range in age from 27 to 60 and hail from 18 states around the country.

Among the recipients of the fellowships are:
    Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich of Roxbury, Massachusetts
    Ottessa Moshfegh, of Oakland, California
    Callan Wink of Livingston, Montana

Grant Lists and Funding Opportunities
The complete list of grants are available in two formats: by category; Art Works (sorted by discipline), Challenge America Fast-Track, and Creative Writing Fellowship; and a full state list sorted by city. Viewers can also use the NEA online grant search system to find grants back to FY 2000 by organization, keywords, state, funding category, fiscal year, and other criteria. To learn more about upcoming NEA funding opportunities, visit arts.gov/grants.

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 www.arts.gov

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Sally Gifford | Public Affairs Specialist | National Endowment for the Arts
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW | Suite 525 | Washington, DC  20008
giffords@arts.gov | 202-682-5606
URL - www.arts.gov
Twitter - http://twitter.com/NEAarts
YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/NEAarts

CUAC Executive Director, Curator, and Local Artist, Adam Bateman Awarded Prestigious Joan Mitchell Grant

Media Contact: Dana Hernandez, 385-215-6768, art@cuartcenter.org
CUAC is pleased to announce that Adam Bateman, CUAC executive director, curator and local Utah artist is the recipient of the 2013 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant.
According to the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s website, “The Painters & Sculptors Grant Program was established in 1993 to assist individual artists. The grants are given to acknowledge painters and sculptors creating work of exceptional quality.” Bateman and the 24 other recipients will be awarded a $25,000 prize to further their art careers.
Nominated for the nationally renowned grant anonymously, Bateman’s work was reviewed and selected by a panel of visual artists, curators and art educators in the fall of 2013 at the Joan Mitchell Foundation in New York. Artists who have received the award in the past include; Janine Antoni, Chakaia Booker, Mel Chin, Willie Cole, Mark Dion, Julie Mehretu, Ernesto Pujol, Dan Steinhilber, and Kara Walker, all of who have prosperous international art careers. Bateman is the first Utahn to receive the award.
CUAC is thrilled to celebrate Adam Bateman’s accomplishments along with the one-year anniversary celebration of the gallery’s success in Salt Lake City.
The Joan Mitchell Foundation was established in April 1993 as a not-for-profit corporation following the death of artist Joan Mitchell in October 1992. The Foundation celebrates the legacy of Joan Mitchell and expands her vision to support the aspirations and development of diverse contemporary artists. The Foundation works to broaden the recognition of artists and their essential contributions to communities and society. For additional information and to view the other recipients of the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant visit the Joan Mitchell Foundation website.
CUAC strives to develop and expand Utah’s regional art-culture through exhibitions of contemporary art and by creating a context for understanding. Admission to CUAC is always free

Park City Summit County Arts and Culture 2013 Report

The Park City Summit County Arts Council is pleased to release its “Summit County Arts and Culture
2013 Report.” This is the third report of its kind published by the Arts Council. The Report
provides updated information from our 2012 Report on arts and cultural programs and events in
Summit County and demonstrates the continued growing economic impact of arts and culture on Summit
County and the State of Utah.

The report highlights research conducted in 2011 which showed that 52% of visitors to Park City
selected events and concerts as their reason for visiting.

The report also shows that:
- Summit County’s arts and culture generated $138 million in economic stimulus to the County and
the State of Utah in 2012, which is a $9 million increase over the previous year.
- Summit County-based cultural organizations conservatively employ more than 650 full-time and
part-time workers with an estimated 67% living in Summit County.
- Summit County’s arts and culture organizations estimate that, on average, 70% of their budgets
are spent in the County. This calculates to nearly $38 million in direct expenditures to the local
economy (an increase of $6 million over the previous year).

The full report is available on the Arts Council’s website at www.pcscarts.org. Simply click on
the report cover on our home page to view the full document.

Thank you to the Summit County arts and cultural organizations who provide such extraordinary
events and programs year-round, and thank you for your interest in this report! Please feel free
to email me with any questions or feedback.

Kathy Hunter
Executive Director
Park City Summit County Arts Council
PO Box 4455
Park City UT 84060

Willow Stories: Contemporary Navajo Baskets and Other Native American Treasures on Display at Cultural Center: Jan 10 - Feb 26

WHAT:           An exhibit showcasing contemporary Navajo baskets, Native American rugs, woodcarvings, sand-paintings and other treasures.
WHEN:           Exhibit:
January 10 – February 26, 2014
Mon – Thurs, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and by arrangement
Opening Reception:
January 10, 6 – 8 p.m.

WHERE:         Utah Cultural Celebration Center
                        1355 West 3100 South
WHO:              Everyone is invited to the exhibit and opening reception free of charge.

WHY:              Join the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program, and Utah Division of Arts and Museums in celebrating a contemporary take on traditional Navajo baskets, as well as showcasing Native American treasures from the local native communities.
This exhibit, curated by the Utah Arts Council’s Folk Art Program, features the work of ten of Utah’s contemporary Navajo basket weavers and includes their photographs and biographies. In addition, local community members have allowed us to showcase their treasures for the public to enjoy, including bronze sculpture, sand-paintings, kachina doll carvings, braided horsehair pieces, and other Native American treasures.
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, ‘like’ us on facebook atfacebook.com/CulturalCelebration or follow us on twitter @WVCUCCC.

Diane Stewart to receive inaugural CUAC Visionary Award: Dec 19

Event date: December 19, 7-9pm
Media Contact: Dana Hernandez, 385-215-6768, art@cuartcenter.org
CUAC is pleased to announce that Diane Stewart has been selected as the first recipient of the CUAC VISIONARY AWARD (CVA). The award will be given annually by CUAC to a person in the community who demonstrates significant influence and vision in promoting the sustainability and growth of contemporary art in Utah.
Recipients are recognized and honored for the fervent and ambitious economic, social, and aesthetic contributions they make to mold the fabric of our community. Through the visionary leadership and pioneering spirit of these people, significant change is realized in our state’s relationship to contemporary art.
In recognition of her revolutionary impact on the Utah art community CUAC is pleased to honor Diane Stewart with the inaugural CVA. Stewart has been instrumental in supporting the visual arts in Utah by serving on the boards of the Art Access, CUAC and UMFA, as Chair of the Utah Arts Council and by sponsoring the Utah Film Center, along with many other organizations. Stewart is also passionate about art in many forms. She and her husband, Sam Stewart, are well-known supporters of local artists, and are also renowned for having a world-class art collection—which they have shared with fellow Utahns by loaning numerous works to local institutions for public exhibition. Diane Stewart’s support was also crucial in the re-invention of CUAC in Salt Lake City. Being a true community builder, Stewart creates strong relationships between organizations and demonstrates a willingness to collaborate. Her philanthropic support and passion for nonprofit cultural organizations has been essential to creating a lively and sustainable arts and culture presence in Utah.
As an award recipient Diane Stewart will receive an original piece of artwork donated by featured CUAC and local Utah artist, Josh Winegar.
The award presentation will coincide with CUAC’s one-year anniversary celebration of thriving in Salt Lake City at which time CUAC will also open a new exhibition by Chris Purdie entitled, …the indefinite continued progress of existence and events…
CUAC strives to develop and expand Utah’s regional art-culture through exhibitions of contemporary art and by creating a context for understanding. Admission to CUAC is always free.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts - January 2014 Events and Exhibitions

Highlights of the Collection Tour
First Wednesday of every month | 6:30 pm | FREE

Saturdays and Sundays | 1:30 pm | FREE
FREE with general Museum admissionExperience the UMFA galleries through a thirty-minute tour with a docent. No pre-registration necessary.

Lunchtime Series: Exploring Sustainability
Thursday, January 16 | 12:30-1 pm | FREE
Join us for a lunchtime break every third Thursday this spring term with conversations and presentations that engage the ideas present in our current exhibition Exploring Sustainability. Each presentation will be led by U of U students, faculty, or UMFA staff; visit umfa.utah.edu for details.
salt 9: Jillian Mayer Artist Talk
Thursday, January 16 | 5:00 pm | FREE
salt 9: Jillan Mayer is the ninth installment in the Museum’s series of exhibitions featuring new and  innovative art from around the world. Jillian Mayer investigates the (im)possibility of authenticity and the multiplicity of authorship by co-opting the visual language and tools of Google, online chat boards, and viral videos. Please join us for a viewing of the exhibition and a conversation with artist Jillian Mayer and the Museum's curator of modern and contemporary art, Whitney Tassie.
Third Saturday Art Activity for Families: Hard Edge Paintings
Saturday, January 18 |1-4 pm | FREE
Minimalist painters of the twentieth century used various tools to make their Hard-edge paintingsincluding household items like masking tape. Participants will view Hard-edge paintings in the Museum and will then paint on canvas to make their own Minimalist masterpiece. 
Artist Talk: Tacita Dean
Friday, January 24 | 5:00 pm | FREE
Tacita Dean’s newest film, JG, intersperses salt-encrusted landscapes, machines, and animals with a host of abstract shapes and voids. The British artist will discuss the film’s treatment of time and place, her collaboration with science fiction writer J. G. Ballard, her strong connection to Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, and the relevance of 35mm film as an artistic medium.
Spring Film Series: Creativity in Focus
Co-presented with the Utah Film Center
Wednesdays, January 29 | 7 pm | FREE
The UMFA is excited to partner with the Utah Film Center to present a series of films that address the lives and creative processes of various artists, exposing the pressures, concerns, and influences that shape their work. Visit umfa.utah.edu or utahfilmcenter.org for more information.
Under Pressure: Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
CLOSING January 5, 2014
This exhibition presents selections from the largest collection of contemporary prints in the United States. Spanning the past five decades, it features works by thirty-nine artists from Jasper Johns and Sol LeWitt to Damien Hirst, Kiki Smith, and Kara Walker. Under Pressure charts an array of artistic and social concerns, from minimalism to pop and conceptual art, and more recent works addressing race, gender, and identity.
salt 8: Shigeyuki Kihara
CLOSING January 5, 2014
salt 8 will feature the work of Shigeyuki Kihara, a prominent artist based in New Zealand. Born in 1975 in Samoa to a Buddhist Japanese father and a Christian Samoan mother, Kihara investigates the complexities of cultural identity, colonialism, representation, gender roles, and spirituality through performance, photography, and video. In the UMFA's salt gallery, Kihara will present large-scale looping projections of her 2012 videos Galu Afi and Siva in Motion. Inspired by the traditional Samoan dance Taualuga, both videos are lamentations for the loss caused by the 2009 tsunami as well as poetic meditations on Samoa's colonial past and future climate change. Adjacent to the salt gallery, Kihara will stage a photographic intervention with our Pacific Island collection.
salt 10: Jillian Mayer
OPENING January 24, 2014
"What's the point of living offline anymore?" Jillian Mayer asks in her catchy sing-a-long MegaMega Upload. The artist debuted this hip-hop song on her YouTube channel in January 2013 before it premiered as part of her short film #PostModem at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Since then, the video has received 21,000 views and has inspired more than 160 viewer comments. In 2011 Mayer uploaded her song and video I Am Your Grandma, and it's since received 2,445,525 views, 20,895 likes, 1,601 dislikes, and 7,970 viewer comments-not to mention the countless spoofs it's inspired, including choreographed dances and remakes by five-year-olds, an Internet troll, college students, a fake plastic kitty, Darth Vader, Wes Borland, and a Cabbage Patch Kid.

But, what does it mean to upload your soul to the Internet or to leave a timeless video message for your unborn grandchild? Cloaked with humor, fast editing, and pop soundtracks, Mayer's videos are designed for mass appeal but ask big questions about human connection and manufactured realities. Her work lives in, and is activated by, viewer participation. She investigates the (im)possibility of authenticity and the multiplicity of authorship by co-opting the visual language and tools of Google, online chat boards, and viral videos. Indebted to the cultural constructions of the 1980s sitcom but looking ahead to the infinite implications of the Internet, Mayer uses photography, video, drawing, installation, and performance to tease out the pathways and pitfalls of postmodern identity formation while considering our increasing integration with the web and questioning the distinction between reality and the virtual world.

Jillian Mayer (American, b. 1984, lives Miami) received her BFA from Florida International University in 2007. In 2010 her video Scenic Jogging was one of twenty-five selections for the Guggenheim's YouTube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video and was exhibited at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain; and Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany. Recent solo projects include Love Trips at World Class Boxing, Miami (2011) and Precipice/PostModem at Locust Projects, Miami (2013). In 2012 and 2013 Mayer's short films were selected to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2013 Mayer was in residency in Berne, Switzerland, as a Zentrum Paul Klee Fellow and in New York City as an NEA Southern Constellation Fellow.
Tacita Dean: JG
OPENING January 24, 2014
JG, the new film project by internationally recognized artist Tacita Dean, takes its point of departure from the physical and thematic interplay between a work of science fiction and a work of Land art: the short story The Voices of Time (1960) by writer J. G. Ballard and the Spiral Jetty (1970) by artist Robert Smithson.

In a series of conversations with Ballard prior to his death in 2009, Dean was encouraged to treat Spiral Jetty as a mystery that might be solved through a filmic investigation into the nature of history and material. Employing her patented technique of “aperture gate masking,” in which she uses stencil-like masks to alternately cover up and re-expose her film, Dean transfers images from one place to another, generating visual and conceptual juxtapositions within the space of the individual 35mm frame.

Shot in Utah’s desert, the Great Salt Lake, and even the Hogle Zoo, the film intersperses a variety of salt-encrusted landscapes, machines, and animals with a host of abstract shapes and voids. The viewer experiences time and place in ways that parallel the effects of Ballard’s fiction and Smithson’s artwork.

JG reaches across decades and disciplines, tracing the connection between three distinct artists and their interrelated work.
The Center for Land Use Interpretation: The Great Salt Lake Landscan
OPENING January 24, 2014
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts commissioned the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), a Wendover/Los Angeles-based research organization concerned with how the nation's lands are apportioned, utilized, and perceived, to produce a "landscan" of the Great Salt Lake. Filmed from helicopters, CLUI landscans are dynamic, crystal clear, gyro-stabilized high-definition videos that function as portraits of places. They represent major elements of continental land use, depicting man-affected landscapes so large the only way to visually capture them is with one long, continuous, aerial shot.  Accompanied by subtle ambient sound, The Great Salt Lake Landscan flies over brilliantly colored salt concentration ponds and a landscape often described as otherworldly.
The Savage Poem Around Me: Alfred Lambourne's Great Salt Lake
On view through June 15, 2014
Alfred Lambourne walked the Mormon Trail in 1866, at age sixteen, to Salt Lake City, sketching during much of the route. By the 1880s he had become a well-known local artist who painted and traveled with Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt on their many visits to Salt Lake City. Of the varied landscapes he painted, nothing held his imagination so thoroughly as the Great Salt Lake. Captivated by it, he painted many views of Black Rock, the infinite and varied moods of the weather, and the shipwrecks and the drama of the lake. In 1887 he realized his dream of perfect solitude by homesteading Gunnison Island.
In his book Our Inland Sea: The Story of a Homestead he described the first day of his fourteen-month exile: "Ghostly, wrapped in its shroud of snow, my island stands white above the blackness of unfreezing waters. What have I done? Although I had lived these days by anticipation, no sooner had the sails of the departing yacht vanished below the watery horizon …than I realized at once, and with a strange sinking of the heart…the savage poem around me." This exhibition will explore the art-roughly twenty-five paintings-the many sketches, and the poetry and writing of this unique and beloved pioneer artist and his obsession with the landscape of our "inland sea"—the Great Salt Lake
Lawrence Weiner:
On view through mid-2014
A fascinating work of language sculpture by groundbreaking contemporary artist Lawrence Weiner is now on view in the UMFA G.W. Anderson Family Great Hall. Purchased by the Museum in 2011 with funds from the Phyllis Cannon Wattis Endowment for 20th Century Art, BENT TO A STRAIGHT AND NARROW AT A POINT OF PASSAGE (1976) is an important addition to the UMFA's permanent collection of contemporary art and represents a canonical moment in art history.
Exploring Sustainability
On view through July 28, 2014
Exploring Sustainability is an exhibition of new projects that explore how principles of ecological sustainability and affiliated design strategies are applied to creative thinking and to the design process. During Sustainable Design Practice, the University of Utah studio art course in which this work was created, students gained an overview of the environmental impacts of design and production practices as well as the processes and methods associated with more sustainable approaches. The projects created over the course of the spring 2013 semester are inspired examples of how students integrated sustainable design into their own creative process. The exhibition is intended to stimulate further dialogue among the university and local communities about issues related to sustainability.

**Exhibition dates are subject to change.

Impromptu Play Reading @ Babcock Performing Readers Jan 9

        Babcock Performing Readers will present an evening of impromptu play readings. Audience members who are members of BPR will be invited to read short monologues from such authors as Garrison Keillor and Wendy Wasserstein. Gloria Murdock will direct.

January 9, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre at the University of Utah Union Building, 200 So. Central Campus Drive. Admission is free.

Chris Purdie's "the indefinite continued progress of existence and events": Dec 19 - Mar 15

New Exhibition:
…the indefinite continued progress of existence and events… by Chris Purdie

Exhibition dates: December 19-March 15, 2014
Exhibition opening reception: Thursday, December 19, 7pm-9pm.
CUAC hours: w-f 12-7pm, sat 12-4pm.

Media Contact: Dana Hernandez, 385-215-6768, art@cuartcenter.org

CUAC is pleased to present new work by Utah conceptual and interdisciplinary artist, Chris Purdie, in the exhibition …the indefinite continued progress of existence and events…

Using time as his central theme, Purdie will install five works in CUAC. Taking the entire exhibition as a whole, the installation is inherently grounded in temporal-based dynamic processes. However, each work displays imperceptible motion through the accumulation and passage of time. By engineering and creating kinetic works, that include film and sculpture, Purdie activates the viewer’s mind and body asking for participation to assist in the completion of certain artworks. His interactive, experiential art, composed primarily of light, sound, and found objects, produces puzzling environments at times subtle and at other times conspicuous.

Chris Purdie received his associate’s degree in painting from Utah Valley University, bachelor’s degree in sculpture from Brigham Young University, and master’s degree in art and technology while on full fellowship at The Ohio State University. Purdie is currently an artist in residence at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

The exhibition opening will coincide with CUAC’s one-year anniversary celebration of thriving in Salt Lake City at which time CUAC will also present Diane Stewart with the inaugural CUAC VISIONARY AWARD. The award will be given annually by CUAC to a person in the community who demonstrates significant influence and vision in promoting the sustainability and growth of contemporary art in Utah.

CUAC strives to develop and expand Utah’s regional art-culture through exhibitions of contemporary art and by creating a context for understanding. Admission to CUAC is always free.

Development Officer @ Artspace

POSITION: Development Officer


JOB STATUS: Part-time




Artspace is a small Salt Lake City based nonprofit developer that creates affordable live and work space for artists, cultural organizations, small businesses and nonprofit organizations. We are seeking a development officer for a part-time position that offers a flexible schedule and a great work environment.


Primary responsibilities include developing and cultivating funding opportunities, writing corporate and foundation grant applications, managing an annual direct mail campaign, participating in and planning events, and providing stewardship to our donors. Additionally, this position will perform a range of duties to support the organization as needed to include fostering tenant relationships, community outreach and administrative tasks.




This is an exciting opportunity for a fundraising professional who has a keen interest in community revitalization, affordable housing, and the development aspects of culture and the arts. The successful candidate needs to be detail-oriented with an understanding of nonprofit operations. Equally important are strong writing and editing skills, time management ability, self-starter initiative, and organizational and interpersonal skills. Must be able to work with corporate bankers, funders, community groups, other nonprofit organizations, Artspace tenants/artists, and various members of the community. Experience in development in the nonprofit sector would be helpful as would knowledge of donor base systems. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Word is required.




Compensation is dependent upon experience.


How to Apply: Email cover letter, resume and writing sample to artspace@artspaceutah.org.

January Activities at the Ogden Nature Center

The Ogden Nature Center is located at 966 W. 12th Street in Ogden, Utah. More details can be found online at www.ogdennaturecenter.org <http://www.ogdennaturecenter.org> .  For questions, or to register for classes, please call 801-621-7595.


Wild Wednesdays: Snow Tracks – What’s the Trick to Tracking?
Wednesday, January 8 at 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members, $2 children / $3 seniors / $4 adults
All ages welcome
Explore the Ogden Nature Center trails with a teacher/naturalist as you identify local animal species and solve print puzzles in the snow.  Dress for the weather.  Please meet in the Visitor Center.

Wild Wednesdays: The Bear Facts – Big, Hairy and a Little Scary!
Wednesday, January 15 at 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members, $2 children / $3 seniors / $4 adults
All ages welcome
Explore the wonderful world of bears with an Ogden Nature Center teacher/naturalist. Investigate the lives of black bears, grizzly bears and their polar bear cousins to the North. Please meet in the Visitor Center.

Wild Wednesdays: Good Night, Sleep Tight
Wednesday, January 22 at 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members, $2 children / $3 seniors / $4 adults
All ages welcome
Are you a night owl or the early bird that gets the worm? Find out what adaptations make critters nocturnal, diurnal or crepuscular. Test your detective skills in a Whooo’s Awake Challenge. Please meet in the Visitor Center.

Wild Wednesdays: Oh Deer!
Wednesday, January 29 at 3:45 pm
Free for ONC members, $2 children / $3 seniors / $4 adults
All ages welcome
Large ears that never stop moving….  antlers that grow back every year….  the ability to run at speeds over 45 miles per hour -- what is it?  Mule Deer!  Join us for a special Wild Wednesday program about this fascinating mammal that calls Utah and the Ogden Nature Center home.  Join an Ogden Nature Center teacher/naturalist as we search for live deer, and play a fun and educational game about this antlered animal.  Please meet in the Visitor Center.


Saturday -- January 18
9 am – Native vs. Invasive
10 am – Conservation
11 am – Venomous Reptiles
Cost: $5 per scout
The Ogden Nature Center provides the perfect outdoor classroom for scout activities.  Have an Ogden Nature Center teacher/naturalists help your scout pass off badge requirements during a 45-minute class. Reservation and a non-refundable deposit required. Please RSVP to
801-621-7595.  For more information refer to www.ogdennaturecenter.org/education/scouting-programs <http://www.ogdennaturecenter.org/education/scouting-programs>


Mammals In Winter
Choose a date and time:
Thursday, January 9, Friday January 10
9:30 am, 11 am or 1:00 pm
Ages: 3-5
Discover who is hiding under the snow as you learn nature’s secrets to who, what, when, where and how animals move around in winter. Try your hand at sledding and snowman making as you play in our winter wonderland.
Preschool admission price includes 1 child and 1 adult. Preschool teachers/aides are free with participating class. General admission fees will apply to any additional family members in attendance. A non-refundable deposit of 50% must be paid in advance to pre-register groups of 5 children or more. Pre-registration is required. Walk-ins will only be accepted if space is available. Classes may be canceled due to low attendance.  Please call
801-621-7595 for more information and to sign up.


Climbing Utah’s Highest Mountain Peaks in all 29 Counties
Friday, January, 17 at 6:30 pm
Cost: Free / donations to the Ogden Nature Center gratefully accepted
Ages: 12+
Come learn about the adventures that await anyone wanting to climb Utah’s highest mountain peaks. Gayle Allen climbed the highest point in all 29 Utah counties this past summer – that’s about three climbs per week!  Gayle will share photos of his favorite peaks and the routes along the way. He will provide information about the trails (or lack of trails) including information on getting to the trailheads, hiking times, distances, etc.  Even if you are not interested in climbing the peaks yourself, you will enjoy the beautiful photos of Utah’s high country. Gayle will intersperse tips and philosophy on climbing mountain peaks for would be hikers.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 15 to

Kundalini Yoga 8-Week Session
Mondays -- January 27 through March 17 from 6:30 – 7:45 pm
$45 members / $55 non-members
Ages: adults
Level: beginners to intermediate
This Kundalini Yoga class is ideal for beginners or for those who want a gentle Kundalini practice.  Bring your own yoga mat and blanket.  Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and we recommend not eating for at least two hours before the start of class.  Taught by instructor Bruce Fisk.  Please pre-register to

Snowshoe Owl Prowl
Friday, January 24 from 7 – 8:30 pm
$10 members / $15 non-members
Ages: All ages
Enjoy an easy evening snowshoe walk along the trails at the Ogden Nature Center in search of owls, deer and other crepuscular and nocturnal creatures that call the nature preserve home. Cap off the evening with a cup of hot cocoa around the campfire. Snowshoe rental for ages 3+ included with registration fee. Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 22 to

RTD's Ring Around the Rose presents Ballet West: Jan 11

December 17, 2013

Media Contact:
Stephanie Perkinsstephanie@rdtutah.org

RDT's Ring Around the Rose presents
Ballet West
January 11, 2014 | 11:00 am

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 W Broadway)
Jeanne Wagner Theatre
Tickets: $5, through ArtTix, 801-355-ARTS

Information for Calendar Editors and PSAs below.

Click here to download a PDF of this Press Release

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Repertory Dance Theatre's "Ring Around the Rose" program presents Ballet West on January 12, 2013 at 11:00 am.
Ballet West returns as an annual favorite on the Ring Around the Rose series with a show sure to delight ages 3 to 103. The world-renowned company, celebrating their 50th Anniversary this season, will present a performance designed to give children an introduction to the art of ballet.
Using the story and characters of "The Nutcracker" Ballet West II company dancers and a narrator show the audience how the basic elements of dance, music and the visual arts combine into a complete presentation. The audience will see both a portion of "The Nutcracker", as well as hear from the dancers directly about what it takes to work in the field.
As is the case with all Ring Around the Rose shows, the performance will be "wiggle-friendly" and interactive. Children will be able to participate both from their seats in the beautiful Jeanne Wagner Theatre, and a few lucky ones will have the opportunity to dance on stage. Children and families alike won't want to miss this fun and unique show!
Who: Ballet West
What: Ring Around the Rose
When: Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:00 am
Where: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101)
How: $5 tickets available through ArtTix (www.arttix.org, 801-355-ARTS, or at the box office)
For more information on Ballet West, click here>>


About Repertory Dance Theatre's Ring Around the Rose series

Ring Around The Rose is a wiggle-friendly series of performances for children and families that explores the magical world of the arts including dance, theatre, music and storytelling. All shows begin at 11:00am at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, 138 W Broadway, SLC. Shows are $5 (kids 2 and under are free).
Ring Around The Rose is supported in part by: The Utah Division of Arts and Museums, National Endowment for the Arts, Salt Lake City Arts Council, the Salt Lake County Zoo Arts & Parks Program, and the Marriner S. Eccles Foundation.
For more info visit rdtutah.org
 High resolution photos are available upon request.

Click here to learn more about RDT's Ring Around the Rose program


RDT's Ring Around the Rose program presents Ballet West on January 11, 2014 at 11 am at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. In this interactive and show, children and families will experience an up-close-and-personal look at the beautiful art of ballet using the story of "The Nutcracker." This is the fifth of nine shows on the Ring Around the Rose season - a wiggle-friendly series of performances for children and families that explore the magical world of the arts. Tickets are $5 through ArtTix. More information at www.rdtutah.org/forkids.html.


:60 RDT's Ring Around the Rose program presents Ballet West on January 11, 2014 at 11 am at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. In this interactive show, children and families will experience an up close and personal look at the art of ballet. Celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year, Ballet West will show audiences of all ages what it's like to be a ballet dancer by performing segments of "The Nutcracker." This is the fifth of nine shows on the Ring Around the Rose season - a wiggle-friendly series of performances for children and families that explore the magical world of the arts including dance, theatre, music, and storytelling. Tickets are $5 through ArtTix (ages 2 and under free). More information at www.rdtutah.org
:30 RDT's Ring Around the Rose program presents Ballet West on January 11, 2014 at 11 am at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. In this interactive show, children and families will experience an up close and personal look at the art of ballet. Ring Around the Rose is a wiggle-friendly series of performances for children and families that explore the magical world of the arts. Tickets are $5 through ArtTix (ages 2 and under free). More information at www.rdtutah.org
:15 RDT's Ring Around the Rose program presents Ballet West on January 11, 2014 at 11 am. In this interactive show, children and families will experience an up close and personal look at the beautiful art of ballet. Tickets are $5 through ArtTix (ages 2 and under free). More information at www.rdtutah.org


Repertory Dance Theatre
138 West 300 South | PO Box 510427
Salt Lake City UT 84151-0427
(801) 534-1000 | rdt@rdtutah.org

JOB: Development Director @ ACLU of Utah (Position open until filled)

American Civil Liberties Union of Utah Foundation, Inc
355 North 300 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
(801) 521-9862 Phone • (801) 532-2850 Fax  

Job Announcement
ACLU of Utah
Development Director
The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah seeks an experienced full-time fundraiser to support and enhance its development efforts with primary responsibility for securing increased and sustainable resources to preserve and defend civil liberties. 

The ACLU of Utah is an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a national public interest organization. As a statewide affiliate, we work collaboratively with the National ACLU headquarters in New York to defend civil liberties as guaranteed by our nation’s Bill of Rights. The ACLU of Utah celebrated its 55th anniversary in Utah in 2013.

With a current staff of seven, the ACLU of Utah and its Foundation operate jointly as private, non-profit organizations. To achieve our mission, we manage legal, legislative and public education programs on a broad range of constitutional issues including discrimination, free speech, religious freedom, reproductive rights, racial justice, LGBT rights, and privacy. 

We are looking for someone who is flexible, enjoys a fast-paced environment, and who is prepared to be part of a strategic leadership team that also includes the Executive Director, the Legal Director and the Legislative and Policy Counsel. 

Position Overview

The Development Director reports directly to the Executive Director and will raise funds for the ACLU while strengthening the relationships between the ACLU and its supporters. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Director of Development is responsible for planning, supervising and executing development activities, as well as long-range fundraising strategies.  The Development Director provides leadership to and collaborates with other staff, as well as the Board of Directors, to reach our annual and long-range fundraising goals. 

Job Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities

Annual Gifts Program: Identify, develop and implement strategies for the cultivation of prospective donors; identify donor prospects and maintain records on current donors; facilitate solicitations for the Executive Director and board leadership; prepare materials for solicitors and donors; work with the national office to coordinate donor appeals; prepare reports. Coordinate and implement cultivation and stewardship events for donors, when such events are in support of annual and long-term fundraising strategies. 

Major Gifts Campaign: Manage and strengthen current major donor relationships with the Executive Director and Board of Directors. Research donor prospects in partnership with National ACLU office. Develop and implement strategies for the cultivation of new prospective donors for gifts in both the Special Gifts ($1000 - $5000) and Major Gifts ($5000+) categories.

Foundation Support Cultivation: Manage and maintain existing foundation relationships. Research Utah-based foundations; cultivate relationships with and solicit support from appropriate foundation revenue sources (within national ACLU sharing guidelines). Responsible for all foundation relationship maintenance, including submission of reports.  

Gift Recording & Acknowledgement: Make full use of the organization’s databases and tracking systems to ensure appropriate donor stewardship and to evaluate and report overall program performance. Work with staff to maintain accurate and current data files, including giving histories, profiles, interactions; coordinate with the ACLU National Office regarding changes and updates. Become proficient in National ACLU sharing formulas, produce reports for annual audits and verify reconciliation of funds between the ACLU of Utah and the National office.

Materials: Oversee the development of the Annual Report and other materials, as necessary, that advance the ACLU’s development programs. 

Additional Duties

  • Help with event planning, implementation, staffing and follow-up as needed;
  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively with other staff members and volunteers to advance the goals of the organization;
  • Work evenings and weekends when necessary;
  • Other tasks as assigned.
  • Commitment to civil liberties principles.
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent combination of education and experience. Advanced degree desirable.
  • Three or more years proven experience in fundraising focusing on individual major gifts and fundraising campaigns, particularly in non-profit advocacy or community-based organizations. 
  • Broad understanding of multi-faceted campaign planning, implementation and management.
  • Successful track record of identifying, cultivating and soliciting major individual donors and foundations. 
  • Demonstrated leadership skills; experience in successfully directing volunteers in positive team-oriented approaches.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and comfort working with donors, volunteers and staff.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with experience developing successful written donor communications. 
  • Computer proficiency, including list/database management. 
  • Knowledge of e-philanthropy strategies
  • A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of ACLU mission and principles. 
Compensation And Benefits

Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

To Apply

Please send a letter of interest and resume with three references in pdf format to:
ACLU of Utah
Attn: Human Resources

Applications accepted until position is filled.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to apply.