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Mountain West Arts Conference

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 W. 3100 S. West Valley City
2018 MWAC Design
Anna Campbell Bliss, Let Their Spirits Soar, 2010
Utah State Public Art Collection

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.

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Post-Conference Resources

It was great to see so many of you at the Mountain West Arts Conference. Please continue to check back on this page as we update post-conference resources.

Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal’s Luncheon Presentation
Comments  |  Link to poem, “Driving to Santa Fe”

Paper Hinged Figures – Daniel T. Barney
Presentation  |  Handout

What Do I Do? A Primer on Accessibility and Accommodations – Shandra Benito & Elise Butterfield

Creating Meaningful Dialogue at Art Events: Getting Beyond Q&A, Testimonial, Art Critique, or Soap Box Oratory! – Barbara Schaffer Bacon
Handout 1: Basics of Dialogue
Handout 2: Creating Meaningful Dialogue at Art Events
Handout 3: A New Model for Talk Backs 
Deep Wounds Link

Reach Out & Touch Someone: Elevate Your Website Visitor to Event Attendee – Jocelyn Kearl
Presentation Handout

Isn’t it ama-ZINE! – Erika Church & Julia Huddleston
Presentation  |  Handout

Department of Heritage & Arts – Resources for Arts & Cultural Organizations – Kerri Nakamura

I Belong. This is My Story, And My Art – Paul Kuttner & Donna Pence

“Brand” & “I Love You” Don’t Say It Unless You Mean It – Sarina V. Ehrgott

Data Mojo for Artists & Nonprofits – Barton Poulson

Conference information



Keynote Speaker – Kevin Kling

We are thrilled to announce internationally renowned Playwright, Author and Storyteller Kevin Kling as the 2018 Mountain West Arts Conference keynote speaker. Read full bio here

Keynote Address: “The Healing Power of Story”
We give our lives value through our struggles and our struggles voice through our stories. In these turbulent times artists play some of the most vital roles in helping us maintain our stability and clarity. When we reflect deeply and respond meaningfully we have stepped onto the path of healing. In this presentation, Kevin Kling shares his personal experience with disability and his thoughts about the healing power of story, including the importance of vulnerability, listening, the need to belong and the medicine of humor.
“Heroes are only as great as the dragons they face.” ~~ Kevin Kling

Video – Kevin Kling: Lost & Found | Tickled Pink


Thanks to generous support from Art Works for Kids and the Stewart Family Foundation, we are able to offer scholarship funding to attend the Mountain West Arts Conference. Scholarships cover the cost of registration.


Conference Sponsorship

We gratefully acknowledge the table sponsors for the
2018 Keynote Luncheon

Arts Benefactor


Arts Patron

Prescott Muir Architects

Salt Lake Acting Company

Salt Lake City Arts Council

Spy Hop Productions

Timpanogos Storytelling Institute

Utah Arts Council Board

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

Zions Bank

Arts Supporter

American West Heritage Center     –     Cache Valley Center for the Arts     –     Kimball Art Center     –     Pioneer Theatre Company

Sparano + Mooney Architecture     –     The Leonardo

Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre     –     UtahPresents


Contact Jason Bowcutt, or call 801.236.7554