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Mountain West Arts Conference – May 1, 2014


The MWAC is designed to help individuals and organizations in the creative industries access essential resources and create community connections. The design for this year’s conference features a detail of the painting Float, by Sunny Belliston Taylor, purchased by Utah Arts & Museums in 2013 for the State Fine Art Collection.

Conference Details

Location: Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 West 3100 South – West Valley City, Utah 84119
Map and Driving Directions



Presenter Bios

Workshop Descriptions

Click HERE to watch a video from last year’s conference.

Keynote Speaker

Doug Borwick is author of “Engaging Matters,” a blog for ArtsJournal and author/editor of Building Communities, Not Audiences: The Future of the Arts in the U.S.

am_resources_mwac_doug_borwick_2014“Stop Rearranging Deck Chairs: Building Sustainable ‘Mission Models’ for the Arts”

For decades, portents of a dire future have haunted nonprofit cultural institutions struggling to weather increasing economic difficulties and survive in a rapidly changing society. But, like the public reaction to warnings of global climate change, on the whole, the arts industry’s response to growing challenges has been limited. Our mental models of the relationship between the arts and society and of the nature of arts organizations are so deep-seated, so internalized that they remain fundamentally unchanged. As a result, many, if not most, efforts to change are closer in nature to rearranging deck chairs than re-engineering the vessel to make it more seaworthy.

Much discussion has taken place recently about the need for revised business models in the arts. While business models are important, the real issue that needs to be addressed is a deeper one. Arguably, re-evaluating our “mission model” is even more critical than finding the right business model. For the arts industry to survive, a fundamental, mission-level change to a true focus on and relationship with the broad community is essential.

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 are happy to announce the 2014 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards recipients. Please join us in honoring these great Utah leaders.

Sponsor a table at the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards:

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 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