Photo: Ute moccasins. Image courtesy of Uintah County Heritage Museum.
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.
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 those working in Utah’s 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.
These 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
Workshop Series in 2023-2024
This series is held over consecutive months. Participation in all five full-day workshops and completion of a small on-site exhibit project is required:
- October 23, 2023: Telling Our Stories: Introduction to Museum Interpretation
- November 13, 2023: Finding Our Stories: Researching Collections & Communities
- January 8, 2024: Designing Our Stories: Well Structured Exhibits
- February 12, 2024: Writing Our Stories: Exhibit Labels
- March 11, 2024: Teaching Our Stories: Museum Education
Participants can access Sample Workshop Materials here.
Cost & Registration
Megan van Frank (Utah Humanities), Lisa Thompson (Natural History Museum of Utah), Virginia Catherall (Utah Museum of Fine Arts), Gordon Daines (BYU Library Special Collections), and Marie Desrochers (Utah Division of Arts & Museums)
Work together to build on your organization’s strengths!
Utah Humanities (UH), the Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UA&M), and the Utah Division of State History (UDSH) partnered on a pilot program based on the American Association for State & Local History’s (AASLH) Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (STEPS) that offered seven Utah history museums a two-year enrichment opportunity designed to help them achieve success in six areas of institutional practice. The program was recognized with a nationally-prestigious AASLH Award of Excellence. Learn more about the Utah project here and stay tuned for another cohort rolling out in a hybrid format.
“StEPs has helped our organization to slow down a little, proceed at optimum speed for our circumstances, focus on things that are important and relevant to us, and lift our eyes to the ultimate goal which is to operate with best practices and serve our community. We now understand that strength comes not from frantic activity, but from being settled on a firm foundation of best practices and standards.”
- StEPs-UT participant
The StEPS-Utah pilot comprised hands-on workshops, onsite projects, and mentor support. The curriculum is currently being revamped for hybrid delivery. Watch for the opportunity to participate in the future.
Cost & Registration
Participation in the program is by competitive application. Program fees are nominal. See an example of the program schedule, benefits, and curriculum here.
Workshops are taught by instructors who are experts in the designated area of focus. The program pairs participating organizations with an experienced mentor to help individualize content to the organization’s current needs.
Utah Collections Preservation program!
Utah Humanities and the Utah Division of Arts & Museums established the Utah Collections Preservation (UCP) program, which provides preservation training to humanities collections stewards statewide. This program supports comprehensive preservation training for collections stewards through webinars, in-person workshops, preservation assessments, and the focused training of nine Collections Preservation Team members. This program is supported by the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Humanities through a Preservation and Access Education and Training grant.
In-Person Workshop Series
The following series of workshops will be held in 2024. These in-person, full-day workshops complement the webinars and provide hands-on training. Each workshop occurs in two parts and registrants are expected to attend both Part A and Part B (which happen a month apart). Find links to register for in-person workshops here and information about cost and travel stipends below.
ACCESS AND ARTIFACT HANDLING
- Part A: February 1, 2024 at the Natural History Museum of Utah, SLC
- Part B: March 7, 2024 at the Brigham City Museum, Brigham City
PRESERVATION IN STORAGE AND DISPLAY
- Part A: April 4, 2024 at the Hill Aerospace Museum, Roy
- Part B: May 2, 2024 at the BYU Museum of Peoples & Cultures, Provo
ENVIRONMENT AND BUILDING SYSTEMS
- Part A: August 1, 2024 at the Chase Home Museum, SLC
- Part B: September 5, 2024 at the Hyrum City Museum, Hyrum
RISK MANAGEMENT, EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS & DISASTER RESPONSE:
- Part A: October 3, 2024 at the Union Station Museum, Ogden
- Part B: November 7, 2024 at the Murray City Museum, Murray
Webinars will occur monthly in 2024 on the following dates, between 11 am and 1 pm. Find link to register for these online sessions here.
- January 18, 2024: Handling Procedures Manual
- February 15, 2024: Digitization and Collections Care
- March 21, 2024: Collections Move
- April 18, 2024: Preservation Site Assessments
- May 16, 2024: Preservation through Partnerships: Care of Culturally Sensitive Objects
- June 20, 2024: Preservation of Outdated Media
- July 18, 2024: Preservation and Collections Hazards
- August 15, 2024: Integrated Pest Management
- September 19, 2024: Collections Management Systems/Databases
- October 17, 2024: Emergency Planning: Pocket Response Plan
- November 21, 2024: Seismic Storage
- December 19, 2024: Security for Collections and Access
Cost & Registration
Monthly webinars are FREE. There will be a small $10 registration fee for the two-part in-person workshops to cover materials. Scholarships are available to offset costs associated with travel to each workshop. Scholarships are available to offset costs associated with travel to and from each workshop. Find out more here.
Workshops will be taught by conservators and preservation experts from Utah.