"It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what." 

- John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga
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Utah Humanities empowers Utahns to improve their communities
 through active engagement in the humanities

Generous Support of our Clemente Course in the Humanities

Earlier this month, we received significant support for our Clemente Course in the Humanities, a two-semester college-level class currently offered at East High School and West high school. This course has the power to transform and re-frame young lives, open possibilities, and orient students towards college.
Sincere thanks to Larry H. Miller Charities for this generous check in support of our Clemente course. With their gift, students will experience this college-level course in the humanities, gaining knowledge and perspective for a bright future!

Clemente explores humanities subjects, such as literature and art history in deep and hands-on ways. It helps students develop higher-level thinking skills and the confidence to succeed in college. It can also improve communication between high schools, colleges, and parents about the importance of a college education. With support from individuals and organizations, we can continue expanding higher education opportunities for at-risk and traditionally excluded high school students, many of whom would be the first in their families to attend college.
Please visit the Clemente portion of our website to see the many other ways your support will help Utahns expand their opportunities and perspectives through highly interactive and engaging educational experiences.

The Clemente Course in the Humanities is a Utah Humanities program offered in partnership with the Honors College at Westminster College, the University of Utah Honors College, University of Utah College of Humanities, Salt Lake Community College, West High School, and East High School to provide college-level study of the humanities for high school students who would be first-generation college applicants.

Photo: Associates at the Larry H. Miller Charities present a generous check of support to Josh Wennergren, Cristi Wetterberg, and Jodi Graham of Utah Humanities. Credit: Larry H. Miller Charities.

A Touching Anthology of "Breathing Stories"

Join Torrey House Press and local clean air groups for an evening of public readings, storytelling, and art-making this Friday, March 30th from 7-9 PM.
Contributors to the recently released art-as-advocacy book, Breathing Stories: Utah Voices for Clean Air, will read their short personal essays about Salt Lake's air quality.

This event is offered with support from Utah Humanities, and our own Michael McClane, Director of Utah Humanities' Center for the Book, is a contributor to the anthology with his entry Postcards from Air.
Here is an excerpt from Michael's piece:

"We are more alike than we knew. We are always smiling, or so the old thyroid patient's joke goes. Repetition does not scare me, though silence does. The absence of wind, of passage, unnerves the best of us. We expect something to topple. Seen from above the open vocal cords appear an eye taking in the light of a hesitant mouth. After each procedure, the question is do you still have the nerves to speak?"
Participants will also have the opportunity to get creative with Casey Clifford, a local artist who will provide screen-printed banners and patches that attendees can paint and use for their own clean air work.
Event Details:
Torrey House Press
Friday, March 30th, 7-9 PM

150 State St. #100, Salt Lake City, Utah

Visit the Facebook Event and the Torrey House Press for more information.

Photo: Chapbook cover of the Breathing Stories anthology. Credit: Torrey House Press.

The Way We Worked: It's a Wrap!

Utah Humanities is pleased to report that we have wrapped up a remarkable statewide tour of the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibition The Way We Worked.
The tour drew an astounding 123,886 people to the exhibition and a terrific assortment of related local exhibits and public programming. Another 91,497 accessed Utah work stories through our multimedia efforts. Thanks to our partners at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts who helped TWWW-related programming reach 2,744 students and 134 teachers in 19 schools across 10 districts throughout the state.

This project would not have been possible without the amazing staff and volunteers at each host site who brought the exhibition to their communities.  Sincere appreciation to the sites for this tour: Ogden's Union Station Foundation, Hyrum City Museum, Museum Of the San Rafael, Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum, Fillmore City Library, Silver Reef Museum, and Park City Museum.
Many thanks to everyone who participated and made this adventure possible!

The Way We Worked has been made possible in Utah by Utah Humanities. The exhibition, created by the National Archives, is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

Photo: Utah Humanities' Megan van Frank, state scholar and professor Matthew Basso, along with host site directors, museum staff, and volunteers worked together on this enormously successful statewide tour of The Way We Worked. Credit: Odgen Union Station Museums.

Community Conversation Discussion Leader Training

Utah Humanities is excited to offer a Community Conversations discussion leader training. UH believes that bringing people together to talk across differences improves lives and strengthens the ties of communities. 
This free, two-day training will help you hone your skills in planning and facilitating conversations on issues you care about in your community.

This training includes large and small group work as well as hands-on experience to practice and learn what works, and what doesn't, so you can take what you learn back to your communities. Participants who complete the two-day training will be listed on the UH website as trained discussion facilitators in our Community Conversations program. This humanities-based practice of exploration and reflection will offer a powerful set of tools to integrate into the work you are already doing in your community.
The training will be held May 3-4 in Salt Lake City.

Contact Jodi Graham at graham@utahhumanities.org for additional information.

Photo: Participants in a local community conversation listen, share views, and benefit from the facillitated panel discussion. Credit: The Village Square.

Museums Can Apply for StEPs Pilot Opportunity!

We are excited to partner with  Utah Division of Arts & Museums  and  Utah State History  to pilot a program based on the   American Association for State and Local History's Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs).
The Utah pilot will offer six small Utah museums and local history organizations a two-year enrichment opportunity designed to help them achieve success in six areas of institutional practice.

Space is limited and by competitive application.

Application due date is April 13.

Learn more and apply here or visit our website for more information.

Calling all Book Festival Partners

We are in the initial stages of preparing for this year's annual Utah Humanities Book Festival!

Although it is held in September and October, much of the planning and groundwork is done during these early spring months.  If you would like to host events, have ideas for how the book festival can thrive in your community, or have authors in mind, please contact us to begin the planning process.

Michael McClane, who oversees the book festival each year, would love to talk with you about ideas, partnerships, and how best to collaborate. Whether you are a long-time, experienced book festival partner, or are new to literature events, we want to hear from you.

Contact Michael at mcclane@utahhumanities.org for more information.

Making a Gift Makes a Difference!

Utah Humanities would like to thank everyone who supports our work, which continues to thrive and grow each year because of your participation and generosity. We are able to empower Utahns to improve their communities through the humanities because of your help.
YOU can continue to make a difference by making a one-time gift, a gift in memory or in honor of someone special in your life, or a monthly sustaining gift to support our work through our secure website by clicking the gift box below!

For more information or to learn about other ways to give, contact Cristi Wetterberg at 801.359.9670 x108 or wetterberg@utahhumanities.org. Your gift in any amount helps to change lives across the state and is 100% tax deductible.

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There are always new humanities events to attend!

Many Thanks
Utah Humanities is grateful for the generous support of many individuals, foundations, and corporations, and for public funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Utah, and the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks Fund.

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed on this website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.