Welcome: Monica Davila


Community engagement coordinator, Peoples of Utah Revisited Initiative, Utah Division of State History Where did you work most recently? I’ve worked at Utah State University in special collections under manuscript curator. Where were you raised? Tucson, Arizona. Where did you attend university? University of Arizona, where I earned a BA in history, before earning a master’s in history at USU. …

Welcome: Lauren Webb


Intern, National History Day program, Utah Division of State History Where did you work most recently? I’ve been working as a public historian at Wheeler Farm creating historic interpretation programs. What expertise or skills do you want your colleagues to know about? I don’t consider myself an expert in many things, but I do want everyone to know that I’m …

Welcome: Devon McGregor


Marketing intern, Administration Where did you work most recently?I worked as the public relations manager at Brigham Young University’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures.What expertise or skills do you want your colleagues to know about?I feel that I have strong skills in storytelling and voice as it relates to strategic communications. Where were you raised?I was born and raised in …

Welcome: Holly Andrew


Exhibit program manager, The Museum of Utah Where did you work most recently?I was previous employed by Ogden as curator of museums located in the historic Union Station on 25th Street. What expertise or skills do you want your colleagues to know about?Skills that I have are Adobe Suite (Photoshop, illustrator, InDesign, etc.), ArcGIS,database management, museum collection care, qualitative and …

Welcome: Justin Ivie


Arts education coordinator, Utah Arts & Museums What personal hobbies and interests would be helpful for your co-workers to knowabout?Crafting, sculpting, and props fabrication. In addition, I’m a Disney Parks devotee. Where did you work (or receive training) most recently?I have been a professional theater artist — working as an actor, director,designer, and stage manager at companies across the state …

We do better together: One Utah. One CCE.


Last year, the Utah Department of Cultural and Community Development claimed a new name by undergoing an extensive strategic planning process. The name is great, said Utah Rep. Mike Winder, “but we need to make that name come to life.” The strategic planning process wasn’t about taking on more work or eliminating programs. Instead, it was an opportunity to more …

Presenting Utah’s Tribal colors


To launch the More Than A Flag initiative, a Native American color guard presented the flags of the state’s eight Tribal Nations in the Utah Capitol Rotunda. The flag ceremony on Jan. 19, led with solemn respect by Arnold Lano of the Utah Inter-Tribal Veterans, signifies the effort to hear Native voices in a conversation about a new design that …

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Focus on Mental Health


Just because society is returning to a version of normal doesn’t mean everyone will share in the excitement or relief. Luckily, help is available for those who need it. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this year it carries additional weight. Without a doubt, the past year has been challenging for all of us. But for some people, the …

A&M Grants Among Top Priorities for Budget Subcommittee


Legislators overseeing the Heritage & Arts budget and a half-dozen other state agencies placed multiple department requests at the top of their priority list. The Business, Economic Development and Labor Appropriations announced their priorities Tuesday morning. The finalized list will now go the legislative leaders who comprise the Executive Appropriations Committee for consideration. Department requests placed among the top 10 …

Legislature Week 1


The first week of the Legislature, thankfully, had very little excitement. Legislators opened Tuesday under a state of emergency because of possible threats from extremist groups, which meant the Capitol remained closed to the public throughout the first week. Despite the strange opening — in an obviously already strange year becausde of the pandemic — legislators were able to focus …

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Introduction to Slack

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As everyone settles in to full-time telework, I have looked for ways to improve communication channels for employees, supervisors, and the administration. Enter Slack. Many of you have probably heard about the app, and maybe you have used it with other groups. For those who haven’t seen Slack, it’s a mix of a message board and social network