The Utah Cultural Alliance is a coalition of individuals and organizations. Our mission is to serve and strengthen the cultural community through advocacy, member services and networking.
UCA is the voice of the arts, humanities, and cultural sector of Utah. We serve, empower, and strengthen this community through statewide advocacy, professional development, and building cultural awareness.
The Utah Cultural Alliance (UCA) is the unified statewide voice and support organization for the cultural community. By fortifying cultural organizations and individuals within Utah, we strengthen Utah as a whole. Over the years, UCA has evolved into a membership-driven organization that includes museums (arts, history, science, botanical gardens, and zoos), universities, archives, libraries, artists, patrons, as well as arts, folk arts, cultural, humanities, science, education, preservation, history, and heritage organizations. Additionally, businesses, corporations, and foundations belong to UCA to support the continuing viability and visibility of Utah’s cultural community.
UCA offers programs and services on three levels: advocacy, awareness, and professional development. In a nutshell:
Advocacy // UCA advocates on behalf of culture to Utah’s elected and government officials; advances grassroots involvement by its members in public policy; keeps members apprised of public policy and funding changes that effect the community; assesses the cultural positions of elected officials through candidate surveys; and tracks, takes positions on, and lobbies for and against bills and appropriation decisions that affect the cultural sector. UCA houses the Utah state arts captain for Americans for the Arts and facilitates all communication with the delegation from Washington DC for National Arts Advocacy Day.
Professional Development // UCA fosters a sense of community through events; nurtures collaboration between cultural organizations, government, business, and individuals; develops skills through professional training opportunities; encourages networking and increased cooperation and collaboration within the cultural community; and recognizes important individuals and organizations to the sector by awarding annual Pillars of the Community, Lifetime Cultural Achievement, and Lifetime Cultural Supporter Awards.
Awareness // UCA builds general community awareness of the
Legislative Forums, Culture Bytes, networking events, and the Annual Meeting & Luncheon.