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.
Utah Collections Preservation program!
Utah Humanities and the Utah Division of Arts & Museums are working together to establish the Utah Collections Preservation (UCP) program, providing preservation training to humanities collections stewards statewide. Starting in 2022, this program will support comprehensive preservation training for collections stewards through webinars, in-person workshops, preservation assessments, and the focused training of seven 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 2023. 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: January 5, 2023 at the Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Blanding
- Part B: February 2, 2023 at the Grand County Library, Moab
PRESERVATION IN STORAGE AND DISPLAY
- Part A: April 6, 2023 at the John Wesley Powell River History Museum, Green River
- Part B: May 4, 2023 at the Emery County Archives, Castle Dale **RESCHEDULED TO September 13, 2023**
ENVIRONMENT AND BUILDING SYSTEMS
- Part A: July 6, 2023 at the USU Prehistoric Museum, Price
- Part B: August 3, 2023 at the Helper Auditorium & Museum, Helper
RISK MANAGEMENT, EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS & DISASTER RESPONSE:
- Part A: October 5, 2023 at the Canyon Country Discovery Center, Monticello
- Part B: November 2, 2023 at the USU Eastern Library, Price
Webinars will occur monthly in 2023 on the following dates, between 11 am and 1 pm. Find link to register for these online sessions here.
- January 19, 2023: Digitization and Collections Care
- February 16, 2023: Handling Procedures Manual
- March 16, 2023: Collections Move
- April 20, 2023: Preservation Site Assessments: Thinking in Systems:
- May 18, 2023: Preservation through Partnerships: Care of Culturally Sensitive Objects
- June 15, 2023: Preservation of Outdated Media
- July 20, 2023: Preservation and Collections Hazards
- August 17, 2023: Integrated Pest Management
- September 21, 2023: Collections Management Systems/Databases
- October 19, 2023: Emergency Planning: Pocket Response Plan
- November 16, 2023: Seismic Storage
- December 21, 2023: 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. If you are interested in applying for a workshop scholarship, please fill out this google form.
Workshops will be taught by conservators and preservation experts from Utah.
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 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.
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 | Dates TBD
This series is held over five consecutive months. Participation in all five full-day workshops and completion of a small on-site exhibit project is required:
- Month 1: Telling Our Stories: Introduction to Museum Interpretation
- Month 2: Finding Our Stories: Researching Collections & Communities
- Month 3: Designing Our Stories: Well Structured Exhibits
- Month 4: Writing Our Stories: Exhibit Labels
- Month 5: 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), and Virginia Catherall (Utah Museum of Fine Arts).
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 online.
“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.
Heritage Workshops are supported in part by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums and the Utah Division of State History, with funding from the State of Utah.