Two years after suffering near-fatal budget cuts, the state-funded Folk Arts Program hopes its future will be made secure through a "hybrid" private-public partnership although exactly what that will look like has yet to be worked out.
A private entity would manage the 35-year-old Folk Arts Program, based at the Chase Home Museum, but the program would remain accountable to the state's Division of Arts and Museums, with the Utah Arts Council in an advisory role. The new plan was proposed by a report recently issued by an Arts Council study committee.
Exactly who that "cooperative partner" will be should be worked out this spring, with the restructured Folk Arts Program to be funded by the National Endowment for the Arts by July, says program manager Carol Edison. The partner could be a university program, a private nonprofit or a foundation.