Current Grants


West View Media Who We Are:  An inside look at the diverse cultures of Salt Lake City's west side neighborhoods A special issue of the free community newspaper focusing on stories celebrating the diversity of the west side of Salt Lake.  A cultural celebration and discussion series will be held in conjunction with the publication. $5,000
Utah Shakespeare Festival Play Seminars in the Grove Discussions before and after productions of the 2016 Utah Shakespeare Festival season will look at contemporary issues such as the meaning of marriage, the dangers of unchecked political power, and the growing gap between economic classes. $3,000
Utah Museum of Fine Arts ACME Sessions A new series of bi-monthly dialogues at City Library branches that will bring together our community to share expertise, ask questions, and learn together through an open exchange of diverse voices and ideas.  $5,000
University of Utah Department of English Guest Writers Series Hivemind Book Club Hivemind:  The Book Club of Salt Lake City presents literary events that promote reading and writing among undeserved populations.  Discussions are an inclusive, dynamic space of collaborative learning for community members who might not be inclined to attend a formal reading event. $4,000
Ogden Union Station Museums We Dig History! The Utah State Railroad Museum is collaborating with descendant groups, local cultural groups, and a teacher advisory committee to implement and grow an education program that uses hands-on archaeology activities to promote a more inclusive interpretation of Utah's history.  $5,000
Utah State University Museum of Anthropology Expanding the World Explorers Club Opportunities for Cache Valley youth to discover new cultures, languages, and customs through anthropology, geography, history, mythology, and languages.  Free programming takes place on the 1st Saturday of every month for the whole family, and at a free Anthropology Camp for children ages 8-12. $5,000
Silver Reef Museum Silver Reef Museum Student Outreach Fourth grade students in Washington County will visit the Museum at Silver Reef and engage in activity-based learning about the culture, history, and archaeology of Silver Reef and Southern Utah.  Educational materials for teachers will be provided. $5,000
Utah Film Center The Tribal Film This documentary film looks at the meaning of Polynesian tribal patterns as seen on popular tattoos, and the importance of these patterns to the Polynesian culture.  Public discussions will be held in conjunction with screenings of the film. $5,000
Spy Hop Sending Messages:  True Stories from a Secure Care Facility Incarcerated youth in five secure-care facilities throughout Utah explore contemporary literature and poetry and then write, record, and produce personal narratives, poetry, short fiction, spoken word, and interviews compiled and released as podcasts online.  $5,000
Art Access Dreamers Project The project is designed to  create a safe space in which immigrants can design, compose, and share their stories and self-identity, and focus on the universal human longing for home and what it means to feel at home. $3,000
Artes de Mexico en Utah New Voices / Nueva Voces Free community classes, discussions, and podcasts to learn about Mexico through its art and music.  Discussions will focus on the portrayal of indigenous people in historical texts and literature, and how  indigenous heritage is part of your history and identity. $5,000


U of U Department of English Restoring the Roots of Memory Workshops, discussions, and presentations on African American genealogy.  Participants include progeny of former slaves that wrote slave narrative/autobiography who conducted genealogical studies on their families. $1,500
Brigham City Library Shakespeare:  His Life and Times The Elizabethan era was one of scientific discovery, major cultural change, and a time of war.  These book discussion programs will explore this time period through Shakespeare's works and compare our culture with his.  $1,500
Albion Middle School The Need to Remember - Accepting and Embracing Diversity Students, teachers, parents, and the community will talk about issues of intolerance and learn about the Holocaust through reading the book, "Yellow Star" by Jennifer R. Roy and by participating in a presentation and discussion with Eileen Hallet Stone. $500
Salt Lake Acting Company Running Away and Returning Home A panel discussion that will bring members of the community together with experts from around Salt Lake County to take an in depth look at the challenges facing returning war fighters.  The panel will examine the aftermath of the war experience and the wounds, both visible and invisible, suffered by those who fight the wars. $600
Two Rivers High School Learning from the Little Rock Nine Students at Two Rivers High School and Davis High School will study the lasting impact of the Civil Rights Movement and school desegregation on our country.  The cross-curriculum studies will culminate with a visit from the youngest member of the Little Rock Nine, Carlotta Lanier Walls. $1,500
Amazing Earthfest 10th Annual Amazing Earthfest Award winning documentary film maker and author, Elizabeth Gaylynn Baker will conduct and facilitate community conversations on  the topic of responding to climate change. $1,500
Art Access Art Access Book Group A book discussion series that focuses on how and why people with disabilities, and other underrepresented populations, have been depicted in literary texts.  Discussions will incorporate the historical, social, and cultural impact of those depictions.  $525
Westminster College Classic Greek Theatre Festival Herakles The Classical Greek Theater Festival presents an educational and entertaining production of the ancient Greek tragedy, "Herakles".  This project includes a variety of educational events and materials adding breadth and depth to the dramatic performance:  an orientation lecture by the dramaturge before every performance, frequent talk backs with director and actors, occasionally a film based on the ancient text, an educational playbill with essays by the dramaturge, director, and designers, and a free Study Guide, Glossary, Study Questions, map and time line. $1,500
Great Basin Historical Society Down Memory Lane A series of Slide Show, Power Point, Film, and discussion programs that present, in pictures and narrative, the early history of the communities on the west side of Millard County.  $1,290
Ashley Anderson Dances Learning to loveDANCEmore This performance journal and accompanying discussion series advances critical conversations about the relationship of dance to intersections of history, contemporary cultural criticism and identity politics.  $1,500
Torrey House Press Envisioning a Society to Match the Scenery: A Conversation about Land, Literature, and Faith A community discussion about land, literature, and faith and to foster an improved environmental stewardship towards Utah's landscapes, which will ultimately benefit both the environment and Utah's future generations. $1,500
Wasatch Academy Liberal Hall Symposium Series A series of community discussions on the history of Sanpete county. $1,500
Renaissance Now Shakespeare:  Our Contemporary Pre-and post-performance discussions and activities centered around the themes in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." $1,500
CUAC Inhabiting the Mountains:  A look at land use through multiple lenses A conference, publication, and discussion series about land issues, through a variety of disciplines such as art, history, science, and literature. $1,500
Bluff Arts Festival Bluff Film Festival Through the inspiration of local film, we explore issues of interest and concern in an inter-generational community discussion by a local scholar." $1,500
Park City Film Series Unlocking the Cage A film screening and discussion examining the moral and ethical underpinnings of mankind's relationship to and treatment of animals. $1,400
Salt Lake Acting Company Death and Dignity Panel Discussion A free panel discussion alongside the World Premiere of WINTER by Utah playwright Julie Jensen, focusing on end of life issues. $600
Marmalade Branch SLC Public Library 2016 Rumi Forum A discussion of the history, literature, philosophy, religion, language, linguistics, and criticism of ancient arts of Middle Eastern countries. $1,200



Dixie State University An Oral History of Motion Picture Production in Washington County, Utah The recording, transcription,  and subsequently sharing oral histories of motion picture productions in Washington County, Utah, delivered by individuals who worked on film and TV projects in this section of the State. $2,000


Emma Kemp The Disembodied Word:  Marie Ogden's Home of Truth This project examines the unique role of female spiritualities through the story of Marie Ogden, using new-media strategies to present a compelling literary and historical narrative to engage and enrich multiple audiences. $3,500

Grants Awarded in Previous Years

2015 Grants