The Arts & Humanities Council of Rural Utah was founded in July of 2018. We seek to foster the arts in local underprivileged communities, as well as to confront the economic disempowerment that talented individuals face in these rural areas. In and of themselves, these artists have the ability to impact the quality of life in their communities greatly if only given the opportunity.
Our current team consists of Broox Anderson, director, and trustees Ron Hamblin, Sharon Anderson, and Broox Anderson. *If you are interested in becoming a trustee, or involving yourself with us in any capacity, please leave us a note here.
Our council was formed to improve the artistic climate in rural central and southern Utah, and elevate the quality of life in these areas. We seek to overcome a prevailing notion of artistic irrelevance in this rural area through support of the arts and humanities and through community involvement and education. The impact we hope to have on these rural communities is threefold: to raise awareness of the arts and humanities; to socially and economically support local artists, creators, writers, thinkers, etc.; and, to provide alternative economic opportunity to otherwise impoverished communities.
1) Raise arts awareness through public spectacle. This objective will be accomplished through exhibition of rural artworks in easily accessible and appealing public spaces (i.e. William J. Peters Gallery and Sevier Valley Center).
2) Foster intercultural exchange. This objective shall be accomplished through collaborative programs and the display of diverse art forms in an environment allowing for both immediate and secondary reflection.
3) Support rural artists, thinkers, and creators. By exposing the public to their works, these rural artists, thinkers, and creators are given an opportunity to garner influence and find success in their artistic endeavors.
4) Lay the foundation work for proceeding programs' success. An impactful year of programs will provide a foundation on which to build for future programs.
5) Affect people, improve the quality of life. This key objective will be accomplished through the dissemination of locally-created artworks that are inherently evocative and thought-provoking. The ability to provide deeper meaning is a function of art, especially rural and local art. A functional art-based calendar will also provide for reflection and thought beyond the length of our initial programs.
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