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Mountain West Arts Conference

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 W. 3100 S. West Valley City
2017 MWAC Design
Brian Kershisnik, They dance, 2014
Photography by: Hawkinson Photography
Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex

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.

Full Conference Registration – $100
Student, Senior (65+), & Veteran or Active Duty Military Rate – $75

Change Leader Rate – $85 (must use code)
Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards only – $55

Keynote Speaker- Aaron Dworkin

We are very happy to announce Aaron Dworkin as this year’s Keynote Speaker for the Mountain West Arts Conference.

Named a 2005 MacArthur Fellow and President Obama’s first appointment to the National Council on the Arts, Aaron P. Dworkin serves as dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance, which is ranked among the top performing arts schools in the nation. He is also the founder of The Sphinx Organization, the leading national arts organization for transforming lives through the power of diversity and the arts. A  multi-­‐media performing artist, author, social entrepreneur, artist-­‐citizen, and educator, he continually receives extensive national recognition for his leadership and service to communities. His memoir titled Uncommon Rhythm: A Black, White, Jewish, Jehovah’s Witness, Irish Catholic Adoptee’s Journey to Leadership was released through Aquarius Press.
Read Full Bio Here

Conference Details (subject to change)


Educator Scholarship Student Scholarship

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.

Sponsorship – Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

Sponsor a table at the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards luncheon to help us provide scholarships and to keep the conference affordable for Utah’s arts community.
2017 Table Sponsorship Form

You can purchase a table below:

  • Arts Benefactor Table $1000 – Premiere seating for a table of 10 – Acknowledgement at luncheon and logo in program – Logo and link on conference web page – Display table at the conference – 4 full conference registrations.
  • Arts Patron Table $650 – Prominent seating for a table of 8 – Acknowledgement at luncheon and name in program – Name listing on conference web page – 2 full conference registrations.
  • Arts Supporter Table $350 – Prime seating for 4 – Acknowledgement at luncheon and name in program – Name listing on conference web page.

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

Arts Benefactor




Arts Patron

Salt Lake Acting Company

Timpanogos Storytelling Institute

Weber State University Lindquist College of Arts and Humanities

Arts Supporter

2016 MWAC Resources

Click here to find resources and photos from the 2016 Mountain West Arts Conference.


Contact Jason Bowcutt, or call 801.236.7554