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Arts Build Iron County Economy

Cedar City: A new national study by Americans for the Arts finds that the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion in economic activity in 2015—$63.8 billion in spending by arts and cultural organizations and an additional $102.5 billion in event-related spending by their audiences. This activity supported 4.6 million jobs and generated $27.5 billion in government revenue.

The Cedar City Arts Council led the local effort on the study showing the impact of the arts on the local economy with cooperation from the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cedar City/Brian Head Tourism Office, and Cedar City Economic Development. Several local arts groups submitted data and helped with patron surveys.

“By every measure, the results of Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 prove that the arts are an industry—a generator of government revenue, a cornerstone of tourism, and an employment powerhouse both locally and across the nation,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Leaders who care about community and economic vitality, growing tourism, attracting an innovative workforce, and community engagement can feel good about choosing to invest in the arts.”

Iron County shows a significant impact from arts participation from both local residents and visitors. For example, direct arts industry expenditures were over $76 million with a population of 47,000 compared to Logan City with $31 million and a similar population to Iron County. “The arts impact adds up to a lot of jobs and local spending,” said Sara Penny, CCAC Board Member. “In contrasting Iron County with comparable communities all over the country it is clear that the arts are an increasingly important economic resource for our area.” This information will be valuable for community leaders, arts organizations, and individual artists. The arts spending is far-reaching: organizations pay employees, purchase supplies, contract for services, and acquire assets within the community.

Nationally, 34 percent of arts events attendees travel from outside the area and they spent about twice what local residents spend in addition to event tickets. Nearly 70 % of visitors indicate that they came to the county specifically to attend an arts or cultural event.

The arts are a big business and a contributor to government revenue through the economic activity generated above the investment of government grants. For example, a typical NEA grant requires matching funds plus a rigorous review and stewardship process. Nationally the government investment in the arts is about $5 billion and the government revenue generated by the arts is over $27 billion so there is a significant return on investment.

Locally, the average cultural attendee expenses are $126 per person plus admission costs to arts events. This results in over $62 million into the Iron County economy plus admission revenue.

Links for the complete Arts in Prosperity report include a map to check locations throughout the country:

Mini-Grant Applications Due February 28th

Mini Grants for up to $500

Local arts organizations and individuals are invited to apply for the Arts Council mini-grants. Deadline is February 28 and you can find the application online.

Sample projects from recent past: drums for preschool, recording CD for folk music group, instrument repair, easel for artist, string bass case, music for children’s choir, registration for art workshop, money to help non-RAP groups pay for venue rental, and much more. The Cedar City Arts Council works to promote local art and artists.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email us.

Fall Social Nov. 13, 7 p.m. Festival Hall/Heritage Center

Cedar City Arts Council Presents Marty Warburton and Home Girls, Learning Tree, and Southern Utah Woodturners

CEDAR CITY, UTAH: You are invited to the free public Fall Social celebrating local arts on Monday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in the large conference room at Festival Hall (upstairs at Heritage Center, easily accessed from 2nd floor of parking garage). The Cedar City Arts Council sponsors these socials to engage those involved in the arts with live music, art exhibits, and to provide recognition for those developing the artistic life of Cedar City.

Presenters are past mini-grant recipients Marty Warburton and Home Girls, Learning Tree, and the Southern Utah Woodturners. The 2017 Arts Award will be presented to the Iron County Today for their dedication to connecting arts events and patrons through their newspaper coverage. Refreshments by JaNell Wood of Simply Delicious and Tae’s Tea.

What began as a family simply sitting around at home and singing just for the fun of it, has become a highly sought after band on the Bluegrass music festival circuit. Relying heavily on vintage acoustic instrumentation and amazing 4 part family harmonies, Home Girls allow you feel the music as well as hear it. “Marty Warburton & Home Girls” are his wife Pam and two of their daughters, Kylee Landon, Hayli Cizmas and son-in-law John Landon.  The group has recently released the CD “Home Sweet Home” which was produced in part with a Mini-Grant from the Cedar City Arts Council. Their music is available online at iTunes, CDbaby and locally at Whittlesticks, Park Place Eatery and Groovacious.

The Learning Tree is a Family Child Care program in Cedar City Utah.  “We are a play-based and child directed program. We serve a variety of children from our community providing high quality care and early childhood education. Music and the arts are integral parts of our daily play!  Last year we received two drums from the CCAC mini grant and we’ve loved learning more about music and rhythm though play with the drums!,” said Kristy DeGraaf. More information at:

The Southern Utah Woodturners was formed by Will Arcularius of Enoch and Jerry Keller of Boulder City, NV.   While Will was working at Home Depot he gave assistance to Jerry and while talking they realized that both enjoyed woodturning.  After meeting a few times they thought that there must be other woodturners in the community and decided to place posters out in the community and a small ad in the paper to advertise that a woodturning group was going to be formed.  The first meeting was in November 2009 at Will’s home in Enoch.  Twenty-five woodturners showed up with samples of their capabilities.  In January of 2010 the club was officially formed and became a member of The American Woodturners Association (AAW) in May 2010.  As of October 2017 we have 86 members and growing.

The club continued to outgrow their meeting locations.  Todd Thorley, Woods Instructor at Cedar High, invited the group to meet in his classroom and use his equipment if necessary and we have created a great partnership with Iron County School District, Cedar High School and Todd Thorley.  At the end of our first year we decided to get involve with the Dixie Regional Medical Center & their Jubilee of Trees event in St. George as a community project.  The following year we started supporting the Foundation of Cedar City Hospital (aka Valley View Medical Center).  As of June 2017 the club is responsible for generating in excess of $20,000 in donations.

The 2017 Cedar City Arts Council Arts Recognition Award will be presented to Iron County Today for outstanding support of the area arts community.  In addition to publishing arts events and reviews, the Iron County Today has published a CCAC column for four years under the direction of Mary Anne Andersen.  “This publication is essential in connecting audiences and performances for our area.  We appreciate their commitment to being a valuable source of information for the growing arts community,” said Tom McFarland, CCAC President.

You are invited to this arts celebration and free public event.

CCAC Mini-Grant Deadline: February, 2018!

Our Mini-grants provide financial support to local artistic endeavors from the individuals to complete troupes. Next round of grants due February 28, 2018.  Applicants that are awarded grant funds, and are not members of the Cedar City Arts Council, will be charged a $10 processing fee. This fee includes a one-year membership.
Grant application available at

CCAC Mini Grant Deadline: February 29th, 2016

Our Mini-grants provide financial support to local artistic endeavors from the individuals to complete troupes. Next round of grants due Feb. 29, 2016.  Applicants that are awarded grant funds, and are not members of the Cedar City Arts Council, will be charge a $10 processing fee. This fee includes a one-year membership.
Grant application available at

Dear Art Lover: Please Become a Member Today

Whether your passion is dance, literature, theatre, or the visual arts, your membership in the Cedar City Arts Council (CCAC) will place you within an expanding network of artists and art lovers seeking to grow the arts in our community.

In the past year, the Arts Council has supported emerging artists with over $5,000 in grants; has conducted art socials, professional development classes for artists, literary reading groups, summer art walks, the Tour of Utah chalk drawing event, art labs for grade school through high school students; and advocated for RAP tax funds that will grow our remarkable creative economy that contributes more than $42 million in local economic impact.

A twelve-month membership is only $25 for individuals, $35 for a family, $10 for students, $50 for a non-profit, and $75 for a business.  Signing up takes only a few minutes, and can be completed online or by mail (See below). As a member, you can participate for free in any of our paid activities, and if you wish, volunteer in any of our new committees.

join-membershipThis year the CCAC is focusing on including our members in more of our activities. You can volunteer to help by teaching workshops, researching and writing grants, writing articles, or assisting with the activities of any of our committees: marketing, public art, socials, or education. Please contact us about your interests: membership[at]

Play your part in something that will last. Add your voice to the chorus of support for our community’s culture and economy for the arts.

Instructions (NOTE: you will be redirected to the membership form after your payment is processed. Please complete the form and click “submit.”)

    1. Select your membership type from the drop down and Click the “Join Here” button below and complete the easy PayPal payment process
    2. After paying, you will be directed to the membership application. Please fill it out and click “Submit”
    3. Be proud that you’ve done your part to suport the arts in Iron County! Memberships are active for one full year from the month you join.

Membership Types

The membership form is linked here if you’d rather not sign up online. Please fill it out, tell us what art disciplines you love, participate in, or would like to know more about. Print the form and mail it, along with your check to:

Cedar City Arts Council
PO Box 2655
Cedar City, UT 84721

Thank you for your interest and consideration!

Artist Mini-Grant Applications Due Aug. 31

The Cedar City Arts Council encourages individual artists and arts organizations to apply for the Artists’ Mini-Grants Awards due Aug. 31.  Application and more information at http://www. page_id=141

Past projects have included educational workshops in creating jewelry, music for groups from children’s choirs to quartets, printing art collection books, equipment to improve photography for the Southern Utah Space Foundation educational series, and bringing in artists for workshops to benefit local artists.

Much Ado About Nothing performed at Heritage Center with CCAC support.
Much Ado About Nothing performed at Heritage Center with CCAC support.

Grant funds may be used to purchase supplies or equipment, rent displays or performance venues, support mileage or registration costs to attend educational or training sessions, purchase promotional advertising, or other needs as demonstrated in the grant application.

It is helpful to include samples of previous work with the application. The CCAC Grants Committee reviews the applications and is pleased to offer several grants each cycle.  Members of the CCAC help fund this project with their memberships to increase the artist offerings of our area.  Membership information at http://www. page id=278

All of the artists receiving awards are committed to sharing their skills and creations to enhance the cultural atmosphere of Cedar City.  Many of them will present in the upcoming socials presented by the Cedar City Arts Council.