Utah Division of Arts & Museums

Utah Arts & Museums seeks to advance the quality of life for all through arts experiences and cultural opportunities. The Division provides more than 500 outreach services, including arts education, professional development, exhibitions, community outreach, and direct matching grants to schools, local arts agencies, organizations, community centers, performing groups, museums, and individuals across Utah. In addition, the Division acts as a state coordinator and advisor on topics of importance to arts and museums communities. The Division also manages the state’s art assets for fine art, folk art, public art, and traveling exhibitions, reaching every county in the state.

Utah Arts & Museums is the primary agency in Utah that distributes state and federal funds to stimulate and encourage growth in the arts and creative industries. The funds are appropriated directly for arts and museums by both the Utah State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

We are a division of the Department of Heritage and Arts (DHA), within the state government of Utah, responsible for the promotion of the arts and Utah museums. Our mission is to connect people and communities of Utah through Arts and Museums. We include the Utah Office of Museum Services and the Utah Arts Council. Our goals are to:

Increase awareness and understanding of the public value of arts and culture
Cultivate and formalize strategic partnerships
Foster education and lifelong participation in arts and culture
Nurture creativity and technological innovation in arts and culture
Invest in communities by strengthening the arts and cultural infrastructure
Improve access to opportunities and resources through efficient delivery of services

As the percentage of aging adults climbs in the United States, state arts agencies (SAAs) face an unprecedented need to serve this growing demographic. A primary source of funding and expertise with the ability to operate on state and local levels, SAAs have the capacity to forge lasting change. They are poised to drive the creation of sustainable infrastructure for arts in aging and health in partnership with the aging services industry, healthcare, and academia.

The ENGAGE initiative in Arts, Health, and Aging, was designed by the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) in partnership with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) to prepare SAAs to play a leading role in advancing creative aging in our country and to support them in addressing critical issues they face in building a robust environment for lifelong learning in their states and regions.

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums is partnering with the National Center for Creative Aging and EngAGE Utah to carry out these initiatives. Our goal is to participate in ongoing professional development and to pursue a state-specific plan of action.

Creative Aging Point Person

Jason Bowcutt

Community Arts Manager