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.
Location: Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 West 3100 South – West Valley City, Utah 84119
Map and Driving Directions
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.
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.
Scholarships for Individual Artists
Thanks to the generous support of Diane Stewart, we are pleased to announce scholarship support for individual artists to attend the conference. Preference will be given to first-time attendees.
Individual Artists Flyer
Scholarships for Students and Educators
Thanks to the generous support of art works for kids!, we are pleased to announce a scholarship program encouraging educators and students to attend the conference. Preference will be given to first-time attendees.
Student Flyer – Educator Flyer
Scholarships for Local Arts Agencies
Scholarships are available to help send representatives from local arts agencies to the conference. Preference will be given to rural organizations and first-time attendees.
Contact Hilary Amnah, email@example.com, 801-236-7544 for more information.
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.
Sponsor a table at the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards:
Contact Alyssa Hickman Grove, firstname.lastname@example.org or 801.236.7548 for information about media sponsorship.
Contact Jason Bowcutt or call 801.236.7554