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Mountain West Arts Conference

Thursday, May 10, 2018

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.

2017 Conference Resources

Photos from MWAC

Session Presentations & Handouts

Session Descriptions  –  Presenter Bios

MWAC – UDAM Program Slideshow

Keynote Address – “Dean Maverick: Addressing the Relevance of the Arts in the 21st Century
Presenter: Aaron DworkinRead Full Bio Here
Organization: Founder of The Sphinx Organization
Materials: Slides

Evaluation 101
Presenter: Stephen Ashton, Ph.D.
Materials: Slides | Worksheet Blank | Worksheet – Young Shakespeare Example

Taking the Fear Out of Major Gift Fundraising
Presenter: Andrea Barnes, Gay Cookson
Materials: Slides

In the Eye of the Beholder: Finding and Growing Creative and Cultural Assets
Additional resource: How to do Creative Placemaking from the National Endowment for the Arts. Presenter Tom Borrup’s contribution, “Stitching It Together: Community Planning as Creative Act”, begins Chapter 1, Page 20.

From Clash to Collaboration
Presenter: Natalie Petersen, Jamie Rocha Allan
Materials: Slides


We gratefully acknowledge the support of our conference sponsors in helping us to provide scholarships to the Mountain West Arts Conference


The Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

The Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards are presented annually in conjunction with the MWAC. 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.

The Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards recipients were honored on May 4, 2017. We wish congratulations to these great arts leaders!

Organization Leadership in the Arts Award

Presented to Southern Utah University
Award Accepted by President Scott L Wyatt

Education Leadership in the Arts Award

Presented to Noemi Veronica Hernandez-Balcazar

Local Arts Agency Leadership in the Arts Awards

Presented to Murray City Cultural Arts under the leadership of Mary Ann Kirk

Individual Leadership in the Arts Award

Presented to Emma Dugal

We gratefully acknowledge the table sponsors for the
2017 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

Arts Benefactor


Arts Patron

Ballet West

Kimball Art Center

Salt Lake Acting Company

Salt Lake City Arts Council

Spy Hop

Timpanogos Storytelling Institute

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Utah Shakespeare Festival

Weber State University Lindquist College of Arts and Humanities

Zions Bank

Arts Supporter

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art

Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre

Utah Film Center


Contact Jason Bowcutt, or call 801.236.7554