Our Mission

Emerald Hills Institute builds an inclusive community through active conversations among different faiths, cultures, and world views. Our differences are opportunities for connection, and we find compassionate ways to support each other through the channels of art, culture, humanities, education, and stewardship.


Our Vision

Emerald Hills Institute supports the sharing of ideas – but true change happens in partnership with action. Our vision is to enable the actions of service to others whenever possible as it leads to supporting, strengthening, and nurturing our shared and diverse community.



Emerald Hills Institute (or EHI) was founded as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization by a group of dedicated volunteers in Salt Lake City, Utah – citizens of the world who have been drawn to this area and now call it home. Our principle motivation is to do good for the community we live in. Emerald Hills Institute receives donations and is supported by business people and professionals, and consistently achieves and efficient, high level of output due to the support of many committed volunteers.

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06 April 2024
April 6 - May 11

Paint and paper your way through a contemplative art process as we explore ancient wisdom and modern abstract expressionism. Through instruction, demonstration, and hands-on exercises, students will survey the fundamentals...

16 March 2024
6:45 pm - 8:45 pm

  We cordially invite you to celebrate unity, peace, and understanding at our annual Interfaith Ramadan Dinner. Come together with members of diverse faith communities to break bread, share traditions,...

07 February 2024
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

You are cordially invited to participate in a meaningful community service project with Emerald Hills Institute at the Utah Food Bank. We are excited to extend this invitation to individuals...

Why Emerald Hills Institute?

It is remarkably easy to relax into viewing all the world as endless encounters of “us” versus “them”. Through service and mutual appreciation, this core of volunteers quickly recognized that those things which are common among all people – a desire for health and safety, security for our children, and peaceful society – far outweigh the differences, and whatever differences there are such as language, background, and traditions can be explored and appreciated.

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