Crystal Young

2022 Honoree - Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award


Motivated by an intense desire to leave the world better than she found it, Crystal Young holds a core belief that spreading the gospel of the arts and culture will heal the world, and that arts and culture should be framed as an industry and not as a cause. Since 2010, Young has lead Utah Cultural Alliance as its executive director. She has over twenty years of experience working in nonprofit management, consulting, branding, fundraising, event planning, lobbying, and elections. A two-time Enlightened 50 (E-50) recipient from the Community Foundation of Utah, Young is a certified Utah Change Leader, was named one of Utah Business Magazine’s 40 under 40 in 2013, received a 2020 Star Award from the SCERA, has been featured as a Utah’s Educated Woman of the Week, and received the 2022 Legislative Award for Excellence in Political Affairs and Library Advocacy Award from Utah Library Association in 2022.