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Mountain West Arts Conference – May 7, 2015

The Mountain West Arts Conference is designed to help individuals and organizations in the arts community access essential resources and create community connections throughout Utah and the Mountain West. It is also part of a long-term effort to sustain the creative industry by providing opportunities, education, tools, information and resources that serve all contributors to the arts.

Mountain West Arts Conference 2014

mwac banner for pageThanks to all who attended the 8th annual Mountain West Arts Conference. Because of your support, this is our fourth sold-out year. Mark your calendar for next year’s conference: Thursday, May 7, 2015, when we anticipate another great day of arts, networking, and professional development.

In the meantime, explore links, notes, photos, and information on the sessions with these post-conference resources.

Conference Videos and Photos

Here’s the MWAC video:

Here’s the slide show presented at MWAC.

Click the photo to see the photo album:


Utah Cultural Celebration Center

Our friends at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center are creating a new path for the future – planning ahead for programs, developing a foundation to build more community support, and finishing construction on their facility through a public/private partnership. They would appreciate your feedback in a short survey at

State of the Arts

Lynnette Hiskey

Changing Tide: Lifelong Learning in the Arts

Ken Crossley

Pencils, Paint, Poppies, Puddles and Pine Cones

Hannah Hinchman

Art of the Rural

Savannah Barrett, Brian Cottam, Maria Sykes

Navigating the Utah Arts & Museums Grants System – Insider Tips

Laurie Baefsky, Wendi Hassan

To Market We Go: When Programs Become Marketing Strategies

Renée Huang, Brian Jorgensen, Chris Purdie, Shon Taylor

Persuasive Poets Playfully Penning Poems Placed on Paper

Lance Larsen

Early Starts: Youth Leaders in Arts Engagement

Virginia Pearce, Sahana & Sanjana Kargi, Isaac Linares, Darci Ramirez, George Relyea

  • Mondays in the Park (Sahana & Sanjana will be performing at Mondays in the Park this summer. Email and ask to join the performing arts newsletter or revisit this page for Mondays in the Parks updates as they are announced)

Individual Donors: Raising Friends, Raising Funds

Laura Smith

Local Arts Agency Summit: Convening Utah’s Local Arts Agency Leaders

Nancy Boskoff, Victoria Bourns

Stop Rearranging Deck Chairs: Building Sustainable ‘Mission Models’ for the Arts

Doug Borwick

A Close-Up Look at Design in Everyday (______) Experience

Robin Peng

Thinking Aloud, Thinking BIG: Exploring a Sustained, Inclusive Utah Arts Education Initiative Based Upon a Collective Impact Model

David Dynak

Matter by Mattering: Becoming a Vital Community Resource

Doug Borwick

A Life in the Arts

Anne Cullimore Decker, Craig Jessop, Bonnie Phillips, Afton Wilkins

Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

The Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards are presented annually in conjunction with the Mountain West Arts Conference. The awards recognize those qualities that advance the arts for the people and communities in our state and are Utah’s highest honor in the arts.

We congratulate the 2014 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards recipients.

We gratefully acknowledge our 2014 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards Table Sponsors:

Arts Benefactor

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Arts Patron

Hale Centre Theatre  –  Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

Salt Lake Acting Company  –  Spy Hop Productions

Utah Chamber Artists  –  Utah Shakespeare Festival

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

Utah Valley University School of the Arts

WSU Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities

Arts Supporter

Salt Lake City Arts Council

Salt Lake Community College School of Arts, Communication & Media

Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre

Zions Bank

Media Sponsors

Contact Alyssa Hickman Grove, or 801.236.7548 for information about media sponsorship.


Contact Jason Bowcutt or call 801.236.7554