Strengthen the fabric of Utah's collective heritage!
We support nonprofit organizations that strengthen Utah's cultural sector. Our free regional workshops provide museums, historical societies, arts and cultural organizations with hands-on training in grant-writing, organizational readiness, best practice history research, collection stewardship, exhibit development, and interpretation techniques. Onsite mentored projects give participants the opportunity to apply their new knowledge and skills.
Ute moccasins, image courtesy Uintah County Heritage Museum.
Tell the Stories of Your Collections & Communities!
Learn how to research, design, and create interpretive exhibits and educational activities. This series of five full-day linked workshops offers staff and volunteers working in Utah’s small museums hands-on learning in curatorial practice and exhibit development. Participants attend the entire series and complete a small exhibit project at their own museum. The program includes reading and project-related assignments, as well as a small stipend to support exhibit development. Museum Interpretation Workshops are presented in partnership with the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.
I appreciate the congenial atmosphere and encouragement, the sharing of ideas, and helping each other on actual projects and not just hypotheticals.
The workshops have been the most valuable thing we have ever participated in. The information was clear, well presented, and easy to understand and get excited about.
– Workshop Participants
2017 Workshop Series
The 2017 workshop series will be held in Washington County (Leeds and St. George) between February and June, with onsite exhibit projects completed by September. Participation in all five full-day workshops is required on the following dates:
- February 6, 2017: Telling Our Stories: Introduction to Museum Interpretation
- March 6, 2017: Finding Our Stories: Researching Collections & Communities
- April 3, 2017: Designing Our Stories: Well Structured Exhibits
- May 1, 2017: Writing Our Stories: Exhibit Labels
- June 5, 2017: Teaching Our Stories: Museum Education
Participants can access 2017 Workshop Materials here.
Cost & Registration
Megan van Frank (Utah Humanities), Lisa Thompson (Natural History Museum of Utah), Matthew Basso (University of Utah), Kathleen Broeder (Dixie State University), Kimberleigh Collins-Peynaud (Conservator), and Virginia Catherall (Utah Museum of Fine Arts).
Interested in oral history? This workshop is a great place to begin!
Oral History is a powerful tool to understand your family stories and community history. This workshop will provide a focused introduction to the art and craft of oral history: to the philosophical underpinnings of the discipline — what it can, and cannot, tell us about the past — and to the nuts and bolts of executing successful oral history projects. Participants will find out more about funding sources for oral history projects. Oral History workshops are presented jointly by Utah Humanities and the Utah Division of State History.
Well organized, informative, upbeat, inspiring... Lots of great ideas and resources... A broad range of information presented in a very digestible way.... I feel prepared to apply this information!
– Workshop Attendees, Salt Lake City
- February 18, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm - Hyrum City Museum, Hyrum, Utah
- August 12, 2016 - 1:00 to 4:00pm - Cedar City Public Libary, Cedar City, Utah
- September 29, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm - Rio Grande Depot, Salt Lake City, Utah
Cost & Registration
Jedediah Rogers is a Senior State Historian at the Utah Division of State History and co-managing editor of the Utah Historical Quarterly. Megan van Frank directs community history and museum programming for Utah Humanities.
Grant Writing Workshops
Free hands-on workshops are going on a statewide tour!
Join the grants managers from the Utah Division of Arts & Museums and Utah Humanities for a free, hands-on workshop. Learn best practices and tools for getting your message across, common budget errors, evaluation strategies, as well as general organizational readiness. One-on-one consultations with either grant manager are available following the workshop. Dates and information can be found below.
- August 31, 2016 - 2:00 - 4:00 pm - Southern Utah Museum of Art, Cedar City
- September 1, 2016 - 2:00 - 4:00 pm - Electric Theater, St. George
- September 13, 2016 - 2:00 - 4:00 pm - Tooele City Library, Tooele
- September 26, 2016 - 2:00 - 4:00 pm - Four Corners School for Outdoor Education, Monticello
- September 27, 2016 - 9:00 - 11:00 am - San Juan County Library, Blanding
- September 27, 2016 - 2:00 - 4:00 pm - Bluff Community Center, Bluff
- October 25, 2016 - 9:30 - 11:30 am - Cache Valley Center for the Arts, Logan *NEW*
- October 25, 2016 - 2:00 - 4:00 pm - Cache Valley Center for the Arts, Logan
- November 2, 2016 - 2:00 - 4:00 pm - Moab Arts and Recreation Center, Moab
- December 2, 2016 - 2:00 - 4:00 pm - Rio Grande Depot, Zephyr Room, SLC
Cost & Registration
Jodi Graham is the Grants and Outreach Program officer at Utah Humanities and Laurel Cannon Alder is the Grants Manager at the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.