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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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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.


Scholarships

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.


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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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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Questions?

Contact Jason Bowcutt, jbowcutt@utah.gov or call 801.236.7554