Tickets are going fast for our 2017 Pillars of the Community awards! Please join me and the rest of the Utah Cultural Alliance board to honor these deserving individuals and organizations (bios below).

  • Scott Phillips, recently retired executive director of Utah Shakespeare Festival
  • Boulder Arts Council
  • KUED-7 (represented by general manager James Morgese)

We will also recognize Chelsea Kauffman and Gabriella Huggins (of Spy Hop) as this year's Outstanding Salt Lake Emerging Arts Professionals who were chosen by their colleagues at SLEAP (Salt Lake Emerging Arts Professionals).

We hope you will join us on May 19th!

Pillars of the Community
Friday, May 194-5:30pm
Zions Bank Founders Room (18th Floor):
1 Main St, SLC
Tickets are available here

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For over 42 years, R. Scott Phillips has worked in the public relations, marketing, and theatre administration fields. He recently stepped down as executive director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah after guiding that organization as its CEO for a decade. He has served as president of both the Shakespeare Theatre Association & the Rocky Mountain Theatre Association. He has also served on the Utah Arts Council Board, the Las Vegas New West Stage Company Board of Advisors, the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Cedar City Beautification Committee, the Cedar City Convention & Tourism Board, the Cedar City Historic Downtown Revitalization Task Force, & is a charter member of the Southwest Arts Network. Mr. Phillips enjoys travel, gardening, hiking, attending culture events, & American politics.

KUED is Utah's premier public broadcasting station offering the full PBS schedule and award-winning, locally-produced television programs and documentaries. KUED is the first station ever to win the Rocky Mountain Emmy Award of Excellence for the Best Overall TV Station, a major recognition of the station's commitment to serve its community through its productions and outreach programs. Since KUED signed on the air in 1958, it has been committed to providing access to the arts for all Utahns — and to celebrating the rich cultural offerings in Utah. KUED opens a window into the world of artistic expression and connects everyone in our community — regardless of income or where they live — to the very best of American arts and culture.

Boulder Arts Council (BArtC) was established as its own entity in 2011 and is Boulder’s designated local arts agency. Most BArtC events and activities are free of charge. The Community Center Gallery frequently displays a BArtC exhibit. The exhibits usually include a couple traveling exhibits from Utah Arts and Museums. Currently on display is textile art from Salt Lake’s Surface Design Group. One of BArtC’s major goals is to support local artists. That includes helping advertise for the local vendors’ Holiday Market, exhibiting local artists’ works, and working with other venues in town that can host works or performances. Last year, BArtC co-sponsored Jazzn’ on the Rocks at a local ranch and a reading by the Boulder Writers’ Group. Most activities are open to anyone who wants to contribute or participate, offering different arts to explore, for adults as well as children: watercolor, cartooning, cardmaking, storytelling, mask making are examples from the past. BArtC works with Boulder elementary students on art projects, and has teamed with the school and outside agencies, such as Southern Utah University or Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, to provide multi-day sessions in drama or dance. 

Gabriella Huggins currently works as the Community Programs Mentor for Spy Hop Productions. Gabriella has directed and co-directed two award winning documentary shorts, was a featured speaker at a TEDx event in Park City and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in biology with a minor in modern dance at the U of U as an Adobe Creativity Scholar. Gabriella mentors Spy Hop’s Sending Messages program – the country’s only storytelling podcast created and produced entirely by incarcerated youth. Under Gabriella’s lead, Sending Messages has expanded to a vehicle that hopes to inform current policies, improve access to high quality step-down resources, and progress toward a restorative justice framework. In April, Gabriella was named an Outstanding Salt Lake Emerging Arts Professional by Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. 
Chelsea Kauffman is a recent graduate from the SUU MFA, Arts Administration program. Last year, Chelsea completed a full-time summer internship at Repertory Dance Theatre. Chelsea gave RDT the insight to increase the team’s efficiency, track responsibilities and achieve long-range management goals. During her time at RDT she helped to develop a fundraising appeal, managed the accounting of RDT’s Community School, and created a marketing plan for the Ring Around The Rose children’s series. Chelsea’s impeccable organizational skills, self-motivation, and her ability to bring her authenticity to the unique tasks of administering arts programs earned her the recognition of an Outstanding Salt Lake Emerging Arts Professional by Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. At age 14, Chelsea’s family ended up homeless for quite some time and she credits the arts for inspiring her to change her stars. She now advocates for low-income families to have access to the arts as a refuge. 

Thank you for your support! 


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Crystal Young-Otterstrom
Executive Director

Utah Cultural Alliance
[email protected] // 801.652.0737

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