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Mountain West Arts Conference

The 2017 Mountain West Arts Conference will be held:
Thursday, May 4, 2017
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.

Full Conference Registration – $125  –  Senior, Student & Veteran Rate – $75
Change Leader Rate – $85 (must use code)
Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards only – $55

MWAC Session Proposals

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums requests breakout session proposals for the 2017 Mountain West Arts Conference that are relevant, practical, original, and thought-provoking. The conference is a statewide gathering that provides opportunities for innovation, inspiration, networking and professional development.

Proposals are due on Monday, February 6, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.


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.


Conference Details Coming Soon

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We are currently working to secure funding to provide scholarships to the 2017 MWAC. Please check back frequently for updates.

The Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards

Nominations now being accepted for the 2017 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards – Due February 10, 2017

We are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards.To nominate an individual, community, or organization, please fill out the form below and return it to Natalie Petersen at by February 10, 2017.

2017 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Award – Nomination Form


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