UTAH ARTS ALLIANCE

To foster the arts in all forms in order to create an aware, empowered, and connected community.

aka UAA   |   Salt Lake City, UT   |  www.utaharts.org

Mission

To foster the arts in all forms in order to create an aware, empowered, and connected community.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Diretor

Derek Dyer

Main address

663 West 100 South

Salt Lake City, UT 84104 USA

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EIN

74-3090585

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Performing Arts (A60)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Illuminate - Utah's Light Art and Technology Festival

The ILLUMINATE SALT LAKE Festival is a free community art event and a celebration of innovation and imagination for the community, art lovers, and families. The festival features installations by more than 30 artists, live music and performances, kids activities, interactive light art demonstrations, virtual reality arts displays, food trucks, local brews & spirits and much more!

Festival locations include The Gateway, The Eccles Theater Regent Street Plaza, and Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA). Programming partners include Utah Film Center, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, The Leonardo, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Discovery Gateway, and Clark Planetarium. Over 50 artists and performers are involved in producing the festival.

Artists working with technology and using light as their medium will use the city as their canvas and create projection mapped artwork, light art displays, and exhibits for the community to enjoy and experience a first of its kind experience.

Population(s) Served

The Urban Arts Festival is the largest free community art event in Utah. It is organized by Utah Arts Alliance. The festival showcases hundreds of artists, performers, and musicians. It has received several awards including being named as the “Best New Festival in Utah” a the, “Best Indie Art Event in Utah” and the “Best Fest for the Rest”!

In 2018 the festival will be held at the Gallivan Center in Downtown SLC. It is a two day celebration of Salt Lake’s urban and artistic culture for the community, art lovers, and families. The festival features artists, music, dance performance, automotive arts, projection art, virtual reality and new media arts, street basketball league, fashion, live street art and mural painting displays and much more.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Connect is a free, monthly pop-up art exhibit that invites all visual artists to showcase their art (up to two pieces). Helpful connections and friendships are made as artists learn skills necessary for art careers, gained through lectures, workshops, and activities. Attendees complete the evening by voting for their favorite art, an experience that helps prepare and educate the participating artists.

Our events, perfect for emerging artists and art lovers, occur in Salt Lake City, Layton, and Ogden. Established 2010 by Utah Arts Alliance in Salt Lake City, UT.

Population(s) Served

Urban Arts Gallery redefines “urban art” as a broad spectrum of art inspired by city life and culture that showcases everything from street art to fine modern art. This innovative Gallery produces monthly exhibits, hosts a boutique, and community events. Urban Arts Gallery is located at 116 South Rio Grande St., in Salt Lake City Ut (in the Gateway). Established 2011 by Utah Arts Alliance in Salt Lake City, UT and serving more than 600 artists annually.

Population(s) Served

Made up of large-scale physical and digital artworks, ​dreamscapes​ is a labyrinth of color and creativity. When walking through you’ll find different rooms filled with interactive exhibits that spark creativity, playfulness, and imagination. ​dreamscapes​ was designed as an immersive experience through the repurposing of found objects to create large-scale artworks combined with projection-mapping and multisensory elements.​

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Artists and performers

KUAA 99.9FM is Salt Lake City’s newest independent, listener-supported community radio station, broadcasting programming that is innovative, human-driven, and free from commercial influence.

We are committed to engage, enrich and elevate the interests of the local and global communities in authentic and meaningful ways with a focus for sharing music, arts, culture, news, freedom of expression and opinions.

KUAA strives to celebrate and promote artists and artistic activities from our region and beyond, including subcultures, countercultures, and our diverse multicultural communities that are otherwise under-represented.

In addition, KUAA provides a voice for independent artists and music by spotlighting both old and new releases, in a wide variety of genres and formats from around the world.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers

Headquarters of the UAA, this is a dynamic 35,000 sq. ft. complex that serves approx. 34,000 people yearly, featuring dance and performance spaces, workspace for artists and nonprofit arts groups, and hosts a variety of community art events. The Arts Hub houses Utah's largest and most established community Makerspace Make Salt Lake. The Arts Hub Dance Studios are home to several emerging Dance companies such as Samba Fogo and Salt Lake Capoeira. The Arts Hub provides space for dozens of artists and arts organizations to create.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Adults
Families
Adults
Families
Adults
Families
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Families
Adults
Families
Economically disadvantaged people
Artists and performers

Where we work

Awards

CXO of the Year 2020

Utah Business Magazine

Green Business Award 2020

Utah Business Magazine

Learn By Design Finalist 2020

SXSW EDU

Resourcefullness Award 2019

Eide Bailly

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Utah Arts Alliance tracks the number of individuals that attend our free programs and events.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Utah Arts Alliance tracks the number if individuals that participate in our programs each year.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Accessible Programming- In all of our events, facilities, and programs we aim to make the arts accessible. This objective remains true for both community members and artists alike. We’ve seen consistently throughout the years that money is typically the biggest obstacle when it comes to participating in the arts and this is true for both participants and artists. In order to mitigate this issue, we strive to make all of our programming financially accessible. For members of the public, we make attendance at our facilities and events free or affordable. For the artists and creative groups in our community, we have provided affordable opportunities for them to participate in programming. This includes no submission fees at our gallery and minimal festival fees. We’ve focused our efforts on providing more opportunities for artists to generate income rather than lose income. This includes commission rates that favor artists who work with us and artist grants for those creating works to be shown as a part of programs like Dreamscapes and the Illuminate Festival.
Represent Cultural Diversity - Through our programming, the Utah Arts Alliance makes it a goal to represent the diverse voices and experiences that make up our community. We do this through the artists and performers we showcase at our exhibits, festivals, and events. We also do this through various partnerships we cultivate in our community. These different elements work together to inform our programming and create meaningful experiences in the arts. During the past year, we’ve worked with groups like the Good Times Car Club to showcase a Lowrider Car Exhibit and Hop-Off Competition at our Urban Arts Festival and featured numerous artists and performers from diverse backgrounds in exhibits at Urban Arts Gallery, Urban Arts Festival, and other events including Mural Fest and Illuminate Festival. These artists draw from their experiences to create work that is representative of many cultures in our community. We also use our radio station, KUAA 99.9FM to showcase multilingual and multicultural music that speaks to and is representative of the many voices that make up Salt Lake County.
Encourage Environmental Sustainability in the Arts - Over the past few years, we have officially implemented policies regarding sustainable practices and introducing projects that feature environmentally-sustainable elements. At all of our festivals, we ban single-use plastics and provide water refill stations to encourage individuals to bring their own bottles. We use digital signage where possible and encourage recycling at the workplace as well as at public events. Finally, we use art to show the possibilities of upcycling through large-scale physical installations at Dreamscapes. All the physical installations at this venue are made of upcycled materials donated by other organizations in our community to create an immersive experience with added digital art and projection-mapped elements.

The Utah Arts Alliance provides unique services and programs, which are vital to the cultural health of the communities we serve. We provide an infrastructure designed to enable people from all walks of life, especially those who lack financial resources, to pursue their creative dreams. We use our expansive, yet directed programming to be inclusive of all artistic mediums and artistic backgrounds through financial accessibility. All of our programs and facilities are centered around removing the financial barrier to participate, which has been an integral strategy of ours in order to create accessibility for both artists and the public alike.

The Utah Arts Alliance has been serving the Greater Salt Lake County for 18 years now through a number of programs and facilities. Our experience working in the arts and culture has given us a range of experiences to inform the ways we serve our community. The Utah Arts Alliance has extensive experience in event production, providing support for artist professional development, facility management, and understanding of how to make the arts more accessible.

Here is a look at the Utah Arts Alliance programs, events, and venues we currently utilize to make the arts accessible in Salt Lake County:
ILLUMINATE - Utah’s Light Art & Creative Tech Fest
ILLUMINATE is an annual light-art and technology festival held in November in downtown Salt Lake City. This free event invites bridges the gap between the arts and technology through large-scale projection mapping displays, light art installations, and immersive experiences.
Urban Arts Festival
The Urban Arts Festival is an annual community event held in September in downtown Salt Lake City. This festival brings together a variety of artistic disciplines and artists and draws in an estimated 20,000 patrons and showcases over 200 artists, performers, and musicians. The Urban Arts Festival is the largest free community art event in Utah and gives a platform to a variety of underrepresented artists with a focus on urban art.
Mural Fest
Launched in May 2018, this is an annual collaboration between UAA and the South Salt Lake Arts Council. So far, Mural Fest commissioned over 20 artists to paint public art murals in downtown South Salt Lake (SSL), adding vibrancy and a sense of place to the neighborhood.
Dreamscapes
Made up of large-scale physical and digital artworks, ​Dreamscapes​ is a labyrinth of color and creativity. When walking through you’ll find different rooms filled with interactive exhibits that spark creativity, playfulness, and imagination. ​Dreamscapes​ was designed as an immersive experience through the repurposing of found objects to create large-scale artworks combined with projection-mapping and multisensory elements.​
Urban Arts Gallery
Voted "The Best Gallery in Utah" by City Weekly readers in both 2017 and 2018, the Gallery's unique programing allows the public to experience a variety of art, attracting 25,000 individuals and featuring an estimated 300 artists per year.
Counterpoint Studios
Our legendary Music Recording facility offers programs that provide the community with high quality and free or affordable sound recording services to Salt Lake County's musicians.
Arts Hub
Headquarters of the UAA, this is a dynamic 35,000 sq. ft. complex that serves approx. 34,000 people yearly, featuring dance and performance spaces, workspace for artists and nonprofit arts groups, and hosts a variety of community art events.
Connect
Connect is a free, monthly pop-up art exhibit that invites all visual artists to showcase their art. Helpful connections and friendships are made as artists learn skills necessary for art careers, gained through lectures, workshops, and activities.
KUAA 99.9FM
KUAA strives to celebrate and promote artists and artistic activities from our region and beyond, including subcultures, countercultures, and our diverse multicultural communities that are otherwise under-represented. In addition, KUAA provides a voice for independent artists and music by spotlighting both old and new releases, in a wide variety of genres.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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UTAH ARTS ALLIANCE

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Vanessa Martineau

Neumont University

Lia Summers

Western Governors University

Crystal Young-Otterstrom

Utah Cultural Alliance

Victoria Bernier

I.F. & Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center

LaShel Shaw

Parr Brown Gee & Loveless

Lesly Beck

South Salt Lake Arts Council

Sitori Holbrook

O.C. Tanner

Kent Rigby

AJC Architects

Andrew Watson

On Stage Ogden

Mauro Romualdo

Salt Lake Capoeira

Michael Anderson

Parr Brown Gee & Loveless

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/20/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/03/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.