Compendium of Budget Information for the 2010 General Session
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The Division was originally organized in 1899 and was the first state arts agency in the nation. In fulfilling its mission the division broadens the availability and increases involvement in the arts by securing and distributing funds, providing training and development, and providing education programs statewide.
Statutory authority for the Utah Division of Fine Arts is provided in UCA 9-6. The statute authorizes the Council to 'advance the interests of the arts, in all their phases, within the state of Utah.' Responsibilities include developing arts in education, involving the private sector, and cooperating with other governmental organizations to promote the arts in the state. In 2006, the Divisions was consolidated with the Office of Museum Services and was renamed the Division of Arts and Museums.
The Division of Arts and Museums utilizes funding from both the General Fund and federal funds. Most of the federal funding comes from the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding is used for staff support and arts grants. The Division provides grants to over 200 non-profit organizations annually.
The Utah Arts Council (UAC) was established as the first state-supported arts organization in the country in 1899. The Administration budget provides for 7-staff members, and the travel costs for the nearly 100-member advisory panels and the 13-member board. This program covers current expense costs and provides operating supplies and maintenance to the various UAC facilities including the Rio Grande Depot, Art House, Chase Home, and Glendinning Office.
The Administration works with the board and staff to develop and respond to division goals. The Administration also works on other arts related initiatives such as the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) program. Through a collaborative partnership with ZAP and the Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Division of Arts and Museums was able to successfully launch a state-wide marketing and calendaring program called NowPlayingUtah.
Staff attempts to increase public awareness by coordinating communication, and providing technical assistance to several groups.
Administration uses its funding for staff support and other administrative operations. The program history is detailed below.
The Utah Division of Arts and Museums Grants Program to non-profits provides funding to more than 200 organizations each year. Activities are planned and carried out by grantees themselves and state money is always fully matched. The Grants Program assures the availability of quality affordable arts experiences for all Utahns. The Utah Division of Arts and Museums grants also act as a catalyst for private, business and other government contributions to arts projects and arts organizations. The Grants Program attempts to make arts available to everyone.
Grant funding is passed through to local arts and cultural organizations. Funding comes from both Federal Funds and General Fund revenues.
The Outreach Program provides support to the various Utah Arts Council Community Outreach Programs (Arts Education, Community Partnerships, Folk Arts, Visual Arts, Traveling Exhibits, Literary Arts, Individual Artist Endowments, and Public Art). Programmers design and respond to specific needs of communities. Program staff also administer the one-percent for the arts program and coordinate the public arts projects funded by the Division of Facilities Construction and Management. There are long-running state programs in this area such as the annual Original Writing Competition and the Statewide Annual Art Exhibition. These programs serve artists, school children, and urban area residents. They also direct special attention toward ethnic and rural communities, as well as underserved populations.
This program partners with various community representatives. Community co-sponsors provide matching funds and assist in carrying out programs. Services provided to co-sponsors may include technical assistance in helping a community organize a local arts council or helping to arrange a traveling exhibit in a community setting.
There are currently eight outreach programs within the Division of Arts and Museums.
1. Arts Education
Arts Education responds to the legislative mandate of 1899 to 'advance the arts in all their phases.' Arts Education mandate is to 'embody and facilitate life-long learning in the arts for all Utahns.' The program partners with the Utah PTA, the Utah State Office of Education, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Children's Dance Theatre, and many other organizations. The program utilizes the direction established by the Utah State Office of Education which focuses on dance, theatre, music and visual arts.
2. Community Partnerships
The Community Partnerships Program fosters and provides resources to nonprofit and civic organizations for community development through arts and culture. The program offers several elements for community enrichment and economic development. Through the Change Leader Institute, a leadership development seminar and mentoring network, as well as other nonprofit training; leaders are better equipped for organizational sustainability and engagement in community collaborations. The Creative Communities Initiative provides resources for collaborative grass-roots projects that foster pride and contribute to the community's economic health. The Mountain West Conference on the Arts is also a networking and professional development resource for Utah's arts and cultural leaders. The conference is a forum to annually recognize the significant achievements of selected artists and leaders through the Governor's Leadership in the Arts Awards. The Performing Arts Program provides resources to performing artists and presenting organizations in Utah through professional development opportunities, collaboration and block booking incentives, and general promotion.
3. Folk Arts
The Folks Arts Program documents the traditional arts of Utah's cultural communities, and promotes public understanding of these traditions through the production of events and educational products. The program also administers grants that encourage the preservation of folk arts skills for future generations. This program exists to assist Utah's cultural communities in perpetuating their own artistic traditions and maintaining their unique identities by offering programs, opportunities and activities that nurture and celebrate traditional artists and art forms. Included among these artists and forms are rural cowboys and farmers, Native American, and other ethnic groups. The program identifies and documents artists and their work and protects the resulting photographs and recordings. Folk Art produces exhibits, audio-visual materials and publications; presents performances, demonstrations, workshops, lectures, radio shows and festivals. They also recognize master traditional artists through the purchase of folk art for the State Arts Collection; encourage perpetuation of traditional skills through apprenticeship grants; assist communities in developing and sharing their arts through Ethnic Arts Grants; and offer consultations and other forms of technical assistance to individuals and groups.
4. Visual Arts
The purpose of the Visual Arts Program is to foster and support visual artists statewide through fellowships, exhibitions, competitions, professional development workshops and information listing opportunities available to artists. The fellowship competition awards two fellowships per year to visual artists of exceptional ability. The artist's resource center provides information for opportunities and workshops on professional development to all artists. Two exhibit spaces (the Glendinning and Rio galleries) display artwork by Utah artists. The State Fine Art Collection consists of over 1,700 works of art that have been collected since the late 1800's. These works are recorded, conserved and displayed by the Visual Arts Program in state owned buildings. The program produces a quarterly publication listing all opportunities available to individual artists
5. Traveling Exhibition
The Traveling Exhibition Program makes available professionally produced and presented art exhibits to non-profit educational institutions around the State of Utah. Each year twenty-one different exhibits are taken to approximately eighty locations throughout the state. Each exhibit has an educational component to help teachers explain various art forms. This program is especially useful in rural communities. Exhibits are delivered and installed and remain on location for an average of four weeks. Many communities around the state do not have access to museums or galleries and this is the only opportunity to view professional art. The program also provides Utah artists with a chance to market themselves and exhibit their work.
6. Literary Arts
The Literature Program provides support and services to Utah's creative writing community. Literature is one of the artistic disciplines specified in the original legislation authorizing the Utah Arts Council in 1899. The Literature Program sponsors contests, readings, workshops, and the publication of works by Utah authors. It also manages Utah's Poet Laureate program and arranges poetry readings for official state functions and communities throughout the state.
7. Public Art
Utah's Public Art Program came into existence in 1985 with passage of the Utah Percent-for-Art Act (Senate Bill 73). This legislation allocates 1 percent of construction costs for new or remodeled State buildings with sufficient public use, for the commissioning of public art specific to the facility and the agency housed in that facility. The legislation defines the mission of the Public Art Program to administer the appropriation set aside for public art, enhance the quality of life for Utahns by placing art of the highest quality in public spaces to be seen by the general public, promote and preserve appreciation for and exposure to the arts, foster cultural development in the State, and encourage the creativity and talents of Utah's artists and craftspeople. Utah's public art includes a variety of media, from architectural enhancing elements or landscape design to sculptures or paintings. Since the inception of the program and with the support of the Utah State Legislature for fifteen years, the Public Art Program has commissioned over 200 works of art in, on or around seventy facilities throughout the State. The wide variety in the collection ranges from sites in Blanding, St. George, Logan, Vernal and Tooele.
8. Individual Artist Endowment
The Individual Artist Endowment was funded in 1991 by the National Endowment for the Arts 'with earned interest being paid to the Utah Arts Council to provide grants, fellowships and services for individual artist through a competitive application and jurying process.' About 20 artist grants are awarded each year, determined by peer review and volunteer panels in all disciplines. In addition the program co-edits a quarterly listing of opportunities for artists, ArtOps; provides regular professional development workshops for artists; helps maintain the Artist Resource Center at the Rio Grande Depot and assists in the formation of artist organizations. An annual exhibition of Artist Grantees and a biannual Benefit Performance of Artist Grantees showcases the art work.
The Outreach Program is the largest component of the Utah Arts Council budget. Historical funding is split between the General Fund, federal funds, and dedicated credit revenues.