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Mountain West Arts Conference

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 W. 3100 S. West Valley City

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. Post-conference resources from the 2014 Mountain West Arts Conference.

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Governor’s Awards Luncheon Only – STILL AVAILABLE

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Morning Keynote – Jane Chu, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts

Chairman Jane ChuJane Chu has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June 2014 as the 11th chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Since 2006, Chu served as the president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, overseeing a $413-million campaign to build the center. As the performance home of the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Kauffman Center has hosted more than one million people from all 50 states and countries throughout the world since its grand opening in September 2011.
Art Works Blog – Catching Up with #NEAJaneChu

  • “The arts belong to us all, and there is a menu of options of ways to be involved in the arts. That’s what’s so great about the arts.” – Jane Chu
Afternoon Keynote – Thierry Fischer, Conductor; Utah Symphony Music DirectorThierry Fischer 2Thierry Fischer recently renewed his contract as Music Director of the Utah Symphony Orchestra to a 10-year term, thanks to his vibrancy, commitment and energy. He has attracted leading young musicians to join the orchestra and top soloists to come to Utah, has refreshed the programming, drawn consistently full houses, and galvanized community support.
Video – Importance of Chemistry with the Utah Symphony

  • “He conducts with both clarity and passion…Utah is lucky to have this conductor” – Chicago Sun Times, July 2013.

 Thank you to our Conference Sponsors

Support for student and educator scholarships
Support for individual artist scholarships

Scholarship Opportunities

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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 pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

  • Plan-B Theatre Company – Organization Leadership in the Arts Award
  • Carrie TrenholmEducation Leadership in the Arts Award
  • Epicenter – Local Arts Agency Leadership in the Arts Award
  • Kathy Cieslewicz – Individual Leadership in the Arts Award

We gratefully acknowledge the table sponsors for the
2015 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

Arts Benefactor

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Utah Chamber Artists
Utah Cultural AllianceUtah Shakespeare Festival

Arts Patron

Kimball Art Center

Plan-B Theatre Company

Salt Lake Acting Company

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

UVU School of the Arts

WSU Telitha E Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities

Arts Supporter

Cache Valley Center for the Arts

Equitable Life & Casualty Insurance Company

Nonprofit Academy for Excellence at the University of Utah

Park Silly Sunday Market

Spy Hop Productions

Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre

Utah State Poetry Society

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

Zions Bank

Media Sponsors




Contact Laura Durham, or 801.236.7553 for information about media sponsorship.


Contact Jason Bowcutt, or call 801.236.7554