Japantown in the heart of Salt Lake City.

Japantown Exhibition

Our Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts is proud to present “Japantown in the Heart of Salt Lake City,” an exhibition running from April 29 through June 30. Focused on Salt Lake City’s Japantown, this exhibition includes:• Japanese American arts and crafts• A brief history of Japanese Americans in Utah• Information about the current Japantown Street Redesign Project

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Staff Highlight: Reilly Jensen

Reilly Jensen is the Museum Field Services Coordinator at the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, where she supports community-focused projects and initiatives serving 250+ museums across the state of Utah. Reilly brings a decade of experience working as an archaeologist, educator, freelance scientific illustrator, and cultural heritage consultant, including a portfolio of work from across the Arabian Peninsula and …

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End of a Poet Laureate Era

Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal ended her five-year term this month. Her service to our state has been wonderful, and our agency would like to thank her for her extraordinary work throughout her term. She wrote a terrific post on her social media accounts recently, summing up what she did while she was poet laureate. Check it out below.  From …

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Welcome to Amanda Shepherd, Our New Communications Intern

We’re delighted to welcome Amanda Shepherd, our new Communications Intern. She holds a master’s degree in strategic communication from Westminster College. Amanda is also a multi-disciplinary creative consultant with a focus on creative content and design. She is passionate about working with entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits to strategically solve their challenges and elevate their brands to fulfill their missions. …

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Introducing Hannah Barrett, Our New Public Art Coordinator

As we prepare to say farewell to Jim Glenn, our current Visual Arts Manager and head of our Public Art and Design Arts programs, we are excited to announce that Hannah Barrett will be joining our team as our new Public Art Coordinator. Hannah has been working in the Utah arts community for the last eight years, most recently as …

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Museums Field Services Manager Selected to Attend History Leadership Institute

We are proud to announce that our Museums Field Services Manager, Emily Johnson, has been selected to participate in the American Association for State and Local History’s annual History Leadership Institute. The Institute is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious leadership program for professionals in the history museum field and each year hosts a seminar which enhances the skills of …

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New Video Series on Traditional Artists

The Utah Folk Arts program is proud to present a new series of videos introducing several outstanding traditional artists whose work is included in the State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection. These individuals exemplify the critical relationship between the role of the culture keeper and the artist in a community. They have dedicated their vision and creativity to …

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New Museum Directory

Our agency is proud to announce our new online directory of Utah’s museums. Discover Utah’s museums through the stunning array of exhibits and programs provided by museums across the state. More than 260 Utah museums offer a rich and diverse experience in a broad range of subjects, from art, culture, and history to science, gardens, and zoos. This directory divides …

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Breaking Barriers White Paper

Our staff who are involved in our Breaking Barriers accessibility project and our Measurement of Museum Social Impact (MOMSI) initiative have collaborated on a white paper, “Breaking Barriers, Or: How We Learned to Stop Fretting and Make Cultural Organizations More Accessible.”  From the white paper: “It is estimated that over 1 million residents and visitors of Utah are living with …

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DUNS to UEI by April 4, 2022

The federal government is transitioning from the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) to a new Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) through the SAM.gov system. This new UEI is required of state, regional, and local agencies, along with nonprofit organizations who receive federal funding. The new UEI is also required of subgrantees of state, regional, and local agencies. Beginning in April 2022, …

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Native American Artwork on Display at Capitol

Before the holidays, our team installed Native American folk art pieces from our State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection at the Utah State Capitol. The pieces on display were chosen from each of the six major tribal groups present in Utah (Ute, Navajo, Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute, and Hopi). These works will be on display on the fourth floor …