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Mountain West Arts Conference

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.

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Session Presentations & Handouts

Borrowed Voices, Imagined Places: Building Community Through Poetry
Presenter: Lance Larsen
Materials: Powerpoint (with images from Bill Owen) |  Dramatic Dialogue Handout

Social Media in 2016: Strategy and Best Practices
Presenters: Sara M.K. Neal and Ginamarie Marsala
Materials: Presentation  |  Handout

Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts: Perspectives and Practice
Presenters: Chrissy Deal, Mario Duran, Alex Moya, Cat Palmer, Spencer Terry
Materials: Presentation

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  |


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Keynote Speaker – Colleen Macklin Colleen Macklin 3

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.

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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.

We gratefully acknowledge the table sponsors for the
2016 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

Arts Benefactor

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BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications

Caine College for the Arts

Hale Center Theatre


Park City Institute

Stewart Family Foundation

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Utah Shakespeare Festival


Arts Patron

Caine College of the Arts, Utah State University

Kimball Art Center

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

Salt Lake Acting Company

Timpanogos Storytelling Institute

Utah Arts Festival

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

Utah Valley University School of the Arts

WSU Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities

Arts Supporter

Axis Architects   –   Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum

Mayor Jackie Biskupski   –   Nova Chamber Music Series

Ogden City Arts   –   Spy Hop   –   Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Utah State Poetry Society   –   Zions Bank

Thanks to our media sponsor

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Contact Jason Bowcutt, or call 801.236.7554