Arts & Culture

A passionate interest in the arts and culture, including arts education, inspired George and Dolores Eccles to generously support music, dance, theater, the visual arts and other forms of artistic and cultural enrichment during their lifetimes. The Foundation has continued to build on that tradition through its grants – large and small alike – in support of Utah’s flagship arts organizations as well as small, local, community-based initiatives and programs. Each enriches opportunities for individuals, especially youth, throughout Utah to benefit from the vital part the arts play in their lives, while also strengthening the cultural offerings so critical to the overall economic vitality and diverse social vibrancy of the state.

30-year Legacy Partnerships

The Foundation’s lasting philanthropic partnerships with arts and cultural organizations throughout Utah have strengthened and sustained the arts in the state. The organizations listed below received the Foundation’s support beginning more than 30 years ago – support that, in many cases, has continued on an annual basis.

  • Art Access, Salt Lake City
  • ARTSPACE, Salt Lake City
  • Ballet West, Salt Lake City
  • Bountiful Davis Art Center, Bountiful
  • Discovery Gateway, Salt Lake City
  • Eccles Community Art Center, Ogden
  • Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation, Salt Lake City
  • Repertory Dance Theater, Salt Lake City
  • Ririe-Woodury Dance Company, Salt Lake City
  • Salt Lake Acting Company, Salt Lake City
  • Sundance Institute/Sundance Film Festival, Park City
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City
    • Pioneer Theatre Company
    • Utah Museum of Fine Arts
  • Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA), Salt Lake City
  • Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City
  • Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cedar City
  • Utah State University, Logan
    • Caine College of the Arts
  • Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, Salt Lake City

Arts and Culture Grant Recipients | 1982 - 2017

Grant-Making Guidelines

Foundation gifts in this area are directed to qualified charitable organizations and their projects that foster the enjoyment and appreciation of the visual and performing arts, strengthen the humanities and arts-related education programs, provide affordable access for all Utahns to events and performances, enhance artistic elements in communities, and nurture a new generation of artists throughout Utah.

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