Professional Development

UCA fosters professional development of the cultural community through events, trainings, networking; offers business growth resources; recognizes the contributions of important individuals and organizations; and promotes increased cooperation and collaboration within the cultural community.
Training & Business Resources
Culture Bytes // UCA provides at least 10 free, professional development trainings for its members called Culture Bytes. Topics alternate to benefit individual artists and organizations. At least four Culture Bytes trainings are held outside of the Wasatch Front, and the remaining are held Salt Lake City in collaboration with Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks. Approximately half of Culture Bytes are in the new format of a participant-driven Community Conversation where all participants share ideas. The conversation will be led by a one or two experts on the topic. This format allows community members to learn from each other through interactive discussions on relevant topics.
Business Support // UCA supports artistic individuals by providing information on group insurance programs to artists; brings together individual artists with galleries, museums, and performing arts organizations; and connects organizations and individual artists with needed business development support.
Networking & Recognition
Annual Meeting and Award Luncheon // Designed to stimulate members into action and to honor an outstanding member of Utah’s cultural community, this state-wide gathering has become one of UCA’s most popular programs. Past speakers have included Senator Robert Bennett, Dr. William Sederburg, president of Utah Valley State College and Fred Adams, director of the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and Palmer DePaulis, Executive Director, Utah Department of Community and Culture. Beginning with the 2016 Luncheon, UCA will provide two awards: one to an individual who has worked directly in the sector, and another to a supporter of the sector (i.e. an elected official or philanthropist). Past Cultural Achievement Awardees are 
  • (2007) Tony Larimer, veteran educator, actor and director
  • (2008) Katharine Coles, professor in the English Department at the University of Utah, and former Poet Laureate of Utah
  • (2009) Doug Fabrizio, KUER FM90 
  • (2010) Geralyn White Dreyfous, award winning filmmaker and founder of the Utah Film Center
  • (2011) Kevin Jones, former State Archaeologist
  • (2012) Former Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon
  • (2013) Diane P. Stewart, philanthropist, art collector, and gallery owner
  • (2014) Raymond Tymas-Jones, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Associate Vice President for the Arts at the University of Utah
  • (2015) Fred C. Adams, founder of the Utah Shakespeare Festival
  • (2016) Nancy Boskoff, former ED of SLC Arts Council
  • (2017) Scott Anderson, CEO of Zions Bank
Pillars of the Community // This new evening networking event honors three individuals or organizations who have made a significant impact on the Arts, Cultural, and Humanities sector in Utah throughout their careers. Past Pillars are: Michael Ballam, Cynthia Buckingham, Christy Williams, Senator Jim Dabakis, Vickie Bourns, Repertory Dance Theatre, Nancy Boskoff, Ruth Lubbers, Don Hague, Stephanie Harpst, Shirley Ririe, Joan Woodbury, Greg Geilmann, Susan Sandack, and Wilson Martin. Special focus is given to recently retired individuals.