Moab Folk Festival Assistant Director Cassie Paup (center) with Utah Division of Arts and Museums employees Jason Bowcutt, Laurel Cannon Alder, Victoria Panella Bourns and Kirsten Darrington. Paup was recently certified as a “Change Leader” in Utah. [Courtesy photo]

Moab Folk Festival Assistant Director Cassie Paup is one of 15 new “Change Leaders” in Utah.

The Change Leader Program is a professional development course with an active network of course graduates that the Utah Division of Arts and Museums offers.

Participants attend a three-day institute with instruction on assessing environments and the communication and facilitation skills necessary to implement change. Following the institute, Change Leaders practice these skills by completing a certification project. These certified Change Leaders form a network of leaders that share a common language, mentor each other and convene through leadership circles and conferences.

Paup completed her certification this May.

For her project, Paup helped initiate and manage the new Moab Free Concert Series, which will offer four free concerts in July.

The concerts will be held at Swanny City Park each Friday in July from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. during the Moab Farmers Market. The series is presented by a coalition of five local entities, including the Moab Farmers Market, the Moab Folk Festival, the Moab Arts and Recreation Center, KZMU and Moab Gear Trader.

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