Rocky Mountain Power announces grants to support arts and cultural organizations

SALT LAKE CITY  – Arts and cultural organizations play an essential role in maintaining healthy and resilient communities. To support their vital work, the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation is donating more than $246,000 in new grant funding across the three states it serves.

The grants will help fund projects ranging from traveling music and theater programming in schools to museum access for students, and from Asian and Native cultural events to free music events for communities.

“These groups foster creative expression, inspire young minds, nurture well-being, and help us look at the world in new ways,” said Gary Hoogeveen, president and CEO, Rocky Mountain Power. “We’re honored to support the incredible work they are doing.”

This recent round of grants focused on art and culture is one of the foundation's four annual grant cycles.

The following 56 grants were given to local organizations supporting communities in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho:


Wasatch Front

Alpine Community Theater (ACT) to help with construction of a costume and prop storage area in a new rehearsal building.

Alta Community Enrichment to provide arts, cultural and educational programming for the Alta community.

Artspace for an affordable housing and workspace program to assist local community artists.

Asian Association of Utah to help stage the 2023 Utah Asian Festival, which brings diverse Asian communities together and shares their traditional practices with all Utahns.

Ballet West for the Youth Arts Education and Community Outreach program that serves approximately 100,000 K-12 students, teachers, individuals with disabilities, senior citizens and other community members.

Canyon Grove Academy for the cost of assembling, raising and transporting a flock of Navajo-Churro sheep, an important part of Navajo Native cultural heritage, which will be donated to the Navajo Nation in Utah.

Cultural Arts Society of West Jordan for the inaugural Arts in the Park event that will showcase local artists and provide free art activities for the community.

Gifted Music School for Project GRIT that aims to close the opportunity gap for at-risk students by providing daily, high-quality music and instrument instruction at no cost to students.

Grand Theatre to support the production of the current season which provides professional, affordable theatre performances for the community.

Grantsville City for a portable stage that can be used for community events and celebrations.

The Leonardo for the Leo-On-Wheels program that integrates science core content with 21st century skills through hands-on activities that foster critical thinking, creativity and innovation.

Lone Peak Fire District for new two-way radios that will provide emergency communications for wildland fires and medical emergencies at the Timpanogos National Monument.

Lyrical Opera Theater for production of the 2023 opera season at the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center in Taylorsville.

Millcreek to commission artists to paint an art installation on a building in Millcreek’s new city center.

Paradigm Schools to help purchase a 10-passenger van to transport students to off-campus music, drama, athletic and scholastic events.

Salt Lake Acting Company to provide Theatre for Young Audiences in Utah, including sliding scale performances to reach underserved students and special performances at Boys & Girls Clubs, shelters, libraries, bookstores and the children’s unit at the University of Utah Burn Center.

Salt Lake Arts Academy to help provide arts education every day of the school year to public charter school students in Salt Lake City.

SchoolPulse Foundation for school performances by professional artists, and for student program materials, to support fine arts education.

South Salt Lake Arts Council for the annual Mural Fest, which features 10 artists creating public murals in South Salt Lake’s Creative Industries Zone.

Spy Hop Productions to bring digital media arts outreach education to Utah youth in targeted rural and Native communities and to incarcerated youth.

Ulhaas for Durga Puja 2023, an important Hindu cultural festival, that will showcase Indian classical and contemporary music and classical Indian dance, art and literature.

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art to support educational programming through the museum’s Art Truck and K-12 field trips.

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera for education programs, including concerts in the schools, coaching of student musicians, the Fifth Grade Concert Series at Maurice Abravanel Hall, opera presentations for K-12 audiences and support of classroom opera composition projects.

Visual Art Institute for scholarships and art programs to serve marginalized and at-risk students.

Northern Utah

Davis Arts Council for youth programming including Davis Arts Presents FEST, which brings live professional theater into elementary schools, and Active Pages programming, which uses professional actors to introduce children to classic literature.

Good Foundations Academy to provide additional xylophones for music classes to ensure each student has their own instrument.

Ogden Contemporary Arts to help fund 2023 season programming, including the Artist Factory that provides local youth development organizations with high-quality art programs taught by local artists.

On Pitch Performing Arts for educational programs through 2023 Children’s Theatre offerings, including classes in advanced production, acting, dancing and singing, and for the Shakespeare in Schools program.

Ziegfeld Theater Arts for staging of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, including American Sign Language interpreters, through The Ziegfeld Theater.

Park City

Park City Summit County Arts Council for art exhibits and programming aimed at supporting artists, engaging youth and strengthening the community.

Cache Valley

American West Heritage Center to support hands-on educational history programs and field trips that serve all ages.

Nibley Children’s Theatre to provide local children ages 5 through 17 the opportunity to perform in an annual community play presented free to the public.

Eastern Utah

Moab Folk Festival to support the Moab Folk Festival school outreach programming in Grand County Schools and the Moab Free Concert Series.

Full Circle Intertribal Center for Nourishing Traditions Cultural Dinners that provide a place where Native American community members can cook traditional foods and share a meal with Native traditions.

Southern Utah

Kayenta Arts Foundation for Festival of the Americas, the only Native American festival in Utah, that celebrates Native culture by sharing different art forms and customs.

The Nature Conservancy for visitor infrastructure at the Sheep Bridge Nature Preserve, including hiking trails, interpretive and wayfinding signs and fencing.

The Orchestra of Southern Utah for educational outreach to youth, including a multimedia production at the Children’s Jubilee, a Let’s Rock Out concert and a Young Artists Concert.

Tuacahn Center for the Arts to support the Tuacahn 2023 Broadway in the Canyon season, including creation of sets, costumes and props.

Washington County to assist with restoration of the historic La Verkin Hydroelectric Power Plant, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2022.


Eastern Wyoming

ARTCORE for support of its concert series and student outreach, which includes music, dance, a literary conference and a music and poetry series.

Friends of the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum for placement of memorial markers at World War II fallen hero bomber crash sites in Wyoming.

Matheatre Corporation for staging of a live musical, in the University of Wyoming planetarium, that celebrates NASA’s Voyager mission.

Platte River Trails Trust for Wind Cathedral, a public art installation by artist Chris Navarro that uses spent wind turbine blades originally destined for the landfill.

Relative Theatrics for the Play/Write arts and literacy program that teaches playwriting to fifth graders in two Title I schools in Laramie.

Western Wyoming

Actors’ Mission for the renovation of the community theater building which provides free plays and meals for all community members.

Crossing the Threshold LLC to support the research and development phase of “Crossing the Threshold: A Hero’s Journey,” a documentary film about returned war veterans and how we deal with trauma as a country.

Lander Children’s Museum to initiate a STEM-based story time program focusing on STEM content for children through age 5 that will use stories, songs, rhymes and fingerplays to help promote early literacy, science and mathematical understanding.

Oyster Ridge Music Festival to benefit the two-day festival, provided free for the entire community.

Pinedale Fine Arts Council to help expand the Fringe Age Groups program that provides art activities, including a ukulele program, for seniors, dementia care patients and pre-kindergarten students.

Rotary Club of Kemmerer for a splash pad project at Diamondville Park that will include buddy benches to foster inclusion and will offer library boxes where visitors can borrow books.

Roundhouse Restoration Incorporated for the Music in the Air at Depot Square project that will bring a summer concert series to Evanston.

The SHACK for a performing arts initiative to bring musicians for a concert at this drop-in community youth center in Greybull.

Museum of the Mountain Man for the 2023 Living History Days event, which provides a three-day, hands-on living history experience for 1,000 fourth-grade students.


St. Anthony Parks and Recreation for playground equipment to help create the Harry Worrell Toddler Park, which will provide underserved youth with a safe space to learn, grow and play in their community.

Oxford Peak Arts Council to help produce “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” as 2023’s annual youth production.

Samaria Community Foundation (Malad Valley Heritage Square) to help build a multipurpose, covered, outdoor performing stage area for concerts and other community events.