Joe Hill (1879-1915): Labor Troubadour, Union Organizer & Execution in Utah

Date:  02.10.2020 (Season 1, Ep. 12; 36:41 minutes and 27:12 minutes (two audio segments) Click here for part one and Click here for part two for BuzzSprout versions. The image above is the “inmate record [with execution date: November 19, 1915]” for Joe Hill, born Joel Emmanuel Hägglund, known also as Joseph Hillström, Utah State Penitentiary. Courtesy of the Salt Lake Tribune. …

“MY LIFE IN [1950’S] CARBON COUNTY [UTAH]:” A CONVERSATION WITH DR. RONALD G. WATT

Date: March 15, 2021 (Season 2, Episode 15; 76:00 minutes). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The above photograph is of Ron Watt as a young man in front of his Carbon County home, circa 1955. Courtesy of Ron Watt. Podcast Content: In this episode of Speak Your Piece, historian Ron Watt describes his latest …

THE YOUTHFUL WORKFORCE OF THE NORTH RIM, ZION, BRYCE & CEDAR BREAKS: “SINGAWAY: WORKING AND PLAYING FOR THE UTAH PARKS COMPANY, 1923 TO 1972”

Date: March 1, 2021 (Season 2, Episode 14; 63:00 minutes). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The above photo is of an early 1950s “singalong,” a daily event where seasonal employees sang their goodbyes to “the dudes” before they were loaded on to the buses for Lund, Utah, to catch a Union Pacific train …

“Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders” — a Conversation with Co-author Allen Roberts

Date: March 22, 2021 (Season 2, Episode 16; 62:00 minutes). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The above photograph is of the three different cover designs for the Pulitzer Prize-nominated best-seller Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders. Courtesy of Allen Roberts. Podcast Content: The Netflix documentary Murder Among the Mormons (released March …

Thrive125’s Got Some Words For You

Score a piece of the state’s literary history — for just a quarter — at the Utah Arts Festival. As part of Thrive125, Utah’s statehood celebration, 125 writers considered the idea of our state in writing 125-word essays and poems. That collection, Utah@125, is being published as a digital literary chapbook. But this weekend, arts lovers can buy original literary …

History of Water in Utah: “The Most Complicated Plumbing System…”

April 19, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 1: 1 hour and 32 minutes) BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. Caption for the above graphic/logo: Think Water Utah, a statewide collaboration and conversation on the critical topic of water presented by Utah Humanities and its many Utah partners. Utah Humanities‘ Megan van Frank and The American West Center‘s Gregory E. Smoak speak about a …

We are the Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement.

New Name. Better Alignment. The Utah Department of Heritage & Arts officially became the Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement (CCE) on May 5, 2021. This name change better reflects who we are as a department, and it brings common goals to the forefront as it aligns us as a family of divisions. Just as the name Cultural and …

Historian Leo Lyman’s Deep Dive into the “Sausage Making” of Utah’s Statehood

A SPECIAL TWO PART PODCAST SERIES to kick-off Utah’s 125th statehood anniversary celebration coming up on January 04, 2021. Recording Dates: 06.18.2020 and 06.22.2020 (Speak Your Piece podcast, Season 2, Episode 3, parts 1 & 2). Above Photograph Caption: Matilda “Tillie” Houtz, posing as a Utah’s Statehood Queen with her shield stating “Union For Ever [sic],” 1896; George E. Anderson …

The Creative Pivot

Artists and arts groups reinvent themselves as the economy stutters to reopen By Ellen Fagg Weist A musician performing on your sidewalk. Artists posting new works in their yards and radio DJs recording their shows at home, bird sounds included. Audiences and artists connected via computer screens.  This is the state of Utah arts in 2020. This season, musicians, artists …

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The Creative Pivot: UtahPresents

When UtahPresents shows were canceled in the spring, Executive Director Brooke Horejsi seized the opportunity. If an audience couldn’t be invited to Kingsbury Hall, she asked, could the space be used to help artists create new work?  She invited arts companies to consider campus residencies. First up was Kinetic Light, a disability arts company “with physically fearless performers,” as Horejsi …

Art chair in Sears Art Museum COVID-19 Popups Exhibition

The Creative Pivot: Sears Art Museum

Most exhibitions at St. George’s Sears Art Museum are months in the planning, with artworks that are meticulously hung and arranged. But instead immediacy was the inspiration for “COVID-19 Pops-Up in Art,” an exhibition in the Dixie State University museum’s foyer, says Kathy Cieslewicz, museum curator. Anchoring the show were artist Stewart Seidman’s series of eight large acrylic paintings about …

The Creative Pivot: Excellence in the Community

Jeff Whiteley says he started to grieve when the Excellence in the Community concert series was forced to pause in late March — until the nonprofit’s founder hit upon a new plan.  On April 16, even as Salt Lake County health restrictions tightened, the music series relaunched with weekly Wednesday and Saturday performances. The only thing missing was the in-person …