PR: UCAA Municipal Endorsements

Contact: Crystal Young-Otterstrom | [email protected] | 801.652.0737 For immediate releaseAugust 1, 2017 Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance's 2017 Municipal Endorsements and Survey Grades SLC -- The Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance is the 501(c)4 arm of the Utah Cultural Alliance. For the first time in its history, it had endorsed municipal candidates on the basis of the strength of their support for arts, humanities and culture. Key take aways: 88 municipal candidates from around the state took the survey assessing their positions on issues of cultural importance UCAA endorsed 47 candidates Results and grading explanation Detailed result showing calculated scores Continue reading

PR: 2017 Legislative Grades

Contact: Crystal Young-Otterstrom // [email protected] or 801.652.0737 (text ok) For Immediate Release: July 26, 2017 2017 Cultural Report Card Shows Support for Arts and Humanities is Nonpartisan SALT LAKE CITY— The Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance (UCAA), the statewide advocate for arts and humanities in Utah, has been busy collecting data on state representatives and senators over the past few months. The data they’ve collected shows how much Utah’s state senators and representatives support Utah’s cultural community via legislative that is friendly to the arts and humanities. As a result, UCAA created their very own House and Senate Report Card. This report card assigns letter grades to Utah’s elected officials based on their legislative votes in the 2017 General Session on bills of positive import to the cultural community. Grades and percentages are here: Continue reading

PR: Three Utah Communities Generated over $400 million in Economic Activity

Contact:Crystal Young-Otterstrom, ED Utah Cultural [email protected] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFriday, August 4, 2017 Three Utah Communities Generated over $400 million in Economic Activity Utah -- Every five years, local communities can partner with Americans for the Arts on a large-scale economic modeling project. Called Arts & Economic Prosperity (AEP), the fifth such project included three Utah communities: Logan, Iron County, and Salt Lake City. “As the advocacy voice of Utah’s cultural businesses, we at Utah Cultural Alliance (UCA) have long talked about the economic contribution made by our sector,” said board member & data co-chair Wendi Hassan (Cache Valley Center for the Arts). “We are excited to have this data from Americans for the Arts. While Iron County participated in Arts & Economic Prosperity IV (AEPIV), three communities are the largest number who have participated to date.”  Total spending in the three communities totaled $414,017,027 resulting from 100 organizations. UCA estimates there are over 300 nonprofit cultural businesses and over a thousand for-profit cultural businesses. “Imagine the economic impact generated by all of these businesses. We hope to measure them all some day,” said board member & data co-chair Pamela Gee (Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre).     Continue reading