The 2016 Mountain West Arts Conference will be held:
Thursday, May 5, 2016
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.
Photos from MWAC 2016
Session Presentations & Handouts
Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts: Perspectives and Practice
Presenters: Chrissy Deal, Mario Duran, Alex Moya, Cat Palmer, Spencer Terry
Good Culture Makes Good Neighbors: Using Cultural and Heritage Tourism to Create Successful Partnerships
Presenters: Nan Groves Anderson, Justina Parsons-Bernstein, Joan Hammer, Brad Westwood
Materials: Presentations | List of County Travel Councils
Local Arts Agency Summit: Creative Placemaking
Presenters: Lesly Allen, Sharen Hauri, Jake McIntire, Diane Stern
Materials: Lesly & Sharen’s Presentation |
We are very happy to announce Colleen Macklin as this year’s Keynote Speaker for the Mountain West Arts Conference.
Creative Failure: What Games Can Teach Us
One of the most prominent features of games, from sports to card games to videogames is failure. In fact, an interesting thing about games is that they make failure fun. Players learn how the game works by trying and failing, over and over again. Game designers spend a good deal of time failing too, as they try to express ideas through such a dynamic and unpredictable medium. You could say that over time, game designers become “failure experts”—learning how to craft failure in their games, and also how to hone their own craft through the iterative process of prototyping and playtesting — or in other words, failing over and over again. In this talk, game designer and educator Colleen Macklin will show how the craft of making games can provide interesting insights into the creative process and what games can teach us about the value of failure as a creative force.
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 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 thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2016 Governors Leadership in the Arts Awards. Click on the award recipient to view their award video.
- Utah Arts Festival – Organizational Leadership in the Arts Award
- James Rees – Education Leadership in the Arts Award
- Zion Canyon Arts & Humanities Council – Local Arts Agency Leadership in the Arts Award
- Dr. Craig Jessop – Individual Leadership in the Arts Award
We gratefully acknowledge the table sponsors for the
2016 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards
Thanks to our media sponsor
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