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Change Leader

 The Change Leader Program is a professional development course with an active network of course graduates. Participants attend a three-day institute with instruction on assessing environments and the communication and facilitation skills necessary to implement change. Following the institute, Change Leaders practice these skills by completing a certification project. These certified Change Leaders form a network of leaders that share a common language, mentor each other, and convene through leadership circles and conferences.

Change Leader Program brochure


Change Leader Conferences are held every six months to provide networking and high-level educational opportunities for the 200+ Change Leaders who have been through the Institute. The conference includes a ceremony in which new Change Leaders present their projects and receive certificates of completion signed by the Governor. Contact Kirsten Darrington at or 801.236.7546 for more information.

Spring Change Leader Conference: May 3rd, 2017 – West Valley City

DATE:        Wednesday, May 3rd 2017
TIME:        1:00 pm Conference | 5:15 pm Certification Dinner
WHERE:    The Maverik Center, Centennial Room (3200 Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City)
HOTEL*:     Crystal Inn, West Valley City (for reservations call 801.736.2000)
*The Change Leader Conference hotel rate is $86.00 (same as MWAC rate).There is a group block for the conference. Please reference “NWBE” when making your reservation. The booking deadline is 4/20/2017, after which costs will increase to regular hotel rates.

Keynote Speaker – Tom Borrup

“Revisiting Creative Practice: Tapping Artists as Partners in Organizational & Community Work”
There is creative DNA in all of us. How we learn to appreciate it and put it to work can be a lifelong pursuit. During this three-hour session, Tom Borrup will share his story and how he partners with artists to apply their creative practices. Participants will be asked to explore their own creative make-up and devise approaches to working with artists to tap their creative practices in new ways.

Tom Borrup, Ph.D is the founder of Creative Community Builders based in Minneapolis. He consults with cities, foundations, and nonprofits integrating arts, economic development, urban planning and design, civic engagement, and animation of public space. His 2006 book The Creative Community Builders’ Handbook, remains the leading text in the field of arts and community development. As Executive Director of Minneapolis’ Intermedia Arts 1980 – 2002, Tom helped transform a diverse urban neighborhood while building a nationally recognized multidisciplinary, cross-cultural organization. Mr. Borrup serves as Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Minnesota’s Masters in Arts and Cultural Leadership and teaches Cultural Planning for Drexel University. He earned his Ph.D. in Leadership and Change at Antioch University researching the social and organizational networks of arts and cultural districts.

Conference Cost

  • If you’ve registered for the MWAC = FREE! (We will assume you’re coming, unless you tell us no)
  • If you’re planning to Certify = FREE! (Contact Kirsten for arrangements,
  • Not certifying and only attending the Change Leader Conference = $40 (Register here:


The Change Leader Institute is a professional development course that addresses leadership issues in relation to leading change. Our goals are to better equip arts and cultural leaders to deal with environmental and organizational change, and also to create a statewide mentoring network in the arts and cultural community.

You can access the Institute Application here.

For more information on the Change Leader program contact Kirsten Darrington at or 801.236.7546.

Upcoming Change Leader Institutes

  • June 19 – 21, 2017
    Cedar Breaks Lodge, Brian Head, UT

**Please note that there is currently a wait-list for the Change Leader Institute. Submit an application to be placed on the wait-list.

Certification Projects

To complete their training, Change Leaders design a project, applying the concepts they learned in the Institute. After examining their environment to identify a need, they plan a response, engage others, identify resources, negotiate, honor resistance, adjust plans as necessary and implement change.  Each certification project is unique.

Leadership Circles

Change Leader Leadership Circles are networking meetings that take place throughout the state. Change Leaders gather to exchange ideas and information, and to receive state and national arts updates.

This past year we used the Leadership Circle as a book group and reviewed Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit.

Upcoming Leadership Circles:

  • TBA

Change Leader Random Acts of Art

Memory Care Project for webChange Leader Random Acts of Art encourage creative engagement in communities, spearheaded by Change Leaders. RAAs can range from art projects to targeted community-based activities. This program provides funding for the following purposes:

  • Support local civic engagement using arts as a medium and/or artists as active participants.
  • Illustrate the impact of arts and artists in meeting social or community needs/opportunities through small projects that are not part of regular programming.
  • Assist Change Leaders in building value and increasing connections within their respective communities.
  • Strengthen and raise awareness of the arts and the Change Leader network through media and public relations.

Click HERE to view the guidelines.

Final Reports are now online! Access them HERE.

To log in to the online application for this funding, Change Leaders can visit
Please note: The online grants system works best if viewed in Chrome or Firefox web browsers.

For Change Leaders

Click HERE to see a list of the Change Leaders across Utah.

Download an information sheet on the Community Arts program.