Salt Lake County Arts & Culture names Matthew Castillo as its new division director

Salt Lake County Arts & Culture

Matthew Castillo has accepted the position of Salt Lake County Arts & Culture Division Director after serving as the acting-in Director for the past eight months. Prior to this he was the Fiscal Manager for the Division for three years. 

Matt has an extensive background in both finance and arts administration, with fiscal experience in the private and public sectors and as a board member of the Salt Lake City Arts Council and Framework Arts. 

“I am pleased to have Matt leading our Arts & Culture team into the future,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Jennifer Wilson. “His fiscal and administrative expertise combined with his passion for the arts will be especially important as we open the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center in 2021.”

As the Division Director, Matt will oversee the strategic direction, operations and budget for Arts & Culture programs including:

  • Venues: Abravanel Hall, Capitol Theatre, Eccles Theater, Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, and UMOCA
  • ArtTix Ticketing Services
  • Salt Lake County Public Art Program
  • Cultural Core Program Oversight

“I am honored and humbled to take on the position of Arts & Culture Division Director,” Castillo said. “We have an amazing team that is dedicated to making our spaces, places, and services the best they can be, serving the arts and culture organizations that perform in our venues, and providing extraordinary experiences for our patrons and the community.”

“During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Matt has led the Arts & Culture division through significant challenges with confidence, determination, and creativity,” said Holly Yocom, Salt Lake County’s Community Services Department Manager. “His leadership has been invaluable during this uncertain time.” 

Matt earned Bachelors’ degrees in Accounting and Instrumental Performance at the University of Utah and studied French Horn at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He also earned his Masters’ of Accounting with an emphasis in Information Systems at the University of Utah. In his spare time, Matt and his partner Drew love to travel, camp and spend time with Sammy, their miniature schnauzer.

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.