Baefsky comes to Utah Arts & Museums with a wealth of experience as a performing artist and arts administrator. She is a master grantwriter and is familiar with Utah Arts & Museums' grants process as both applicant and panelist. She has received more than 150 grants from organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
“We are so excited to work with Laurie to bring financial and capacity-building support to arts and museums in Utah,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “Her extensive experience with grants — as well as museums, many arts genres and creative placemaking — will be a great addition to our team and a tremendous resource to Utah’s arts and museums community.”
“I am looking forward to working with the many vibrant arts organizations, museums and artists throughout the state,” said Baefsky. “Grants can serve as a powerful transformational tool for any arts or museums project, big or small. As a musician and arts educator, I recognize how the grant application process can be intimidating and, at times, overwhelming. I’m excited to interface directly with our broad range of applicants, making the grant application and reporting experience positive and relevant.”
Most recently Baefsky worked as a fundraising and creative placemaking consultant for the Virginia Arts Festival. At Utah State University and the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, she established an ArtsBridge program, which connects university art and arts education students with area schools through interdisciplinary service-learning projects. Baefsky has also led professional development efforts for northern Utah schools for the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program.
Baefsky recently completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in flute performance at Stony Brook University in New York and also holds degrees in music from the University of Michigan and California State University, Fullerton.
The Grants Manager administers the distribution of $1.3 million through Utah Arts & Museums’ 10 grant categories for individuals, organizations, communities and educators.
• Arts Education Teacher-Initiated Projects, due March 1
• Arts Education Artists-in-Residence Grants, due March 10
• Arts Education Project Grants, due March 10
• Museum Development Grants, due March 28
• Museum Project Support Grants, due March 28
• Museum Office Grants, due March 28
• Arts Project Grants (including folk arts), due May 30 and Oct. 31
• Local Arts Agency Grants, due June 14
• Arts Organization Sustainability Grants, due June 27
• Arts Organization Capacity-Building Grants, due Aug. 1
Information about Utah Arts & Museums grants can be found at artsandmuseums.utah.gov or by calling Baefsky at 801.236.7550. All grants are competitive and peer- or board-reviewed.