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Mountain West Arts Conference @ Utah Cultural Celebration Center (SLC: May 2)

Mountain West Arts Conference on May 2, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY — One of the largest gatherings of the Utah arts community — including artists, administrators, educators, students, and arts supporters — will convene at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center on Thursday, May 2, 2013, for a day of networking, workshops, and performances at the 7th annual Mountain West Arts Conference. Registration is now open at artsandmuseums.utah.gov and includes the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards.

Keynote speaker Idaho State Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb will discuss the importance of art in living a rich and rewarding life. Buckner-Webb is a nationally recognized inspirational speaker, trainer, consultant, coach, and jazz/gospel/blues singer. She has recorded with jazz great Gene Harris, released a debut solo CD, "By His Grace," and was a 2004 Excellence in the Arts award winner for the State of Idaho Governor's Awards in the Arts.

The 2013 conference will feature workshops on a number of topics, including youth engagement, grant writing, cultural diversity, media relations, and hands-on art. In keeping with this year’s keynote, many of the workshops will address the importance of the arts at key times in our lives, the impression they have on our youth, the healing they convey during times of crisis, the mutual respect and understanding they encourage during demographic shifts, the ability they have to engage communities of all sizes, and the difference they have made in the lives of featured artists.

Presenters and speakers with regional and national expertise will be on hand to share inspiration, including: Douglas McLennan, founder and editor of ArtsJournal; Maria Garciaz, Executive Director of NeighborWorks Salt Lake; Douglas Sonntag of the National Endowment for the Arts; Carrie Trenholm, Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair of Elementary Arts Education at Southern Utah University; and Maryo Gard Ewell, Manager of the Creative District Program for Colorado Creative Industries. Performances will be given throughout the day from artists such as Daniel Day Trio, AirFare, and 2013 Utah Poetry Out Loud winner Devin Jones from West Jordan High School.

“The Mountain West Arts Conference is an opportunity to gather, network, celebrate accomplishments, gain new skills, enjoy artistic experiences, and get up to speed on regional and national issues,” said Lynnette Hiskey, Acting Director of Utah Arts & Museums. “Each year we look forward to it, and each year we gain new perspective and come away with renewed energy.”

The Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards honor educators, individuals, and municipalities that encourage and support arts and culture in Utah. More than 150 awards have been given since 1980. Table sponsorship opportunities are available; call Lynnette Hiskey at 801.236.7552 for details.

Interview requests should be directed to Alyssa Hickman Grove, 801.236.7548agrove@utah.gov, or Geoffrey Fattah, 801.245.7205gfattah@utah.gov. Registration is $95 for the full conference, including the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards luncheon, or $55 for the luncheon alone. Register online at artsandmuseums.utah.gov. Group and student rates are available. Educators can receive points toward Utah Educator’s License recertification.

For more information, visit the Utah Arts & Museums Web site at artsandmuseums.utah.gov or phone 801.236.7555.

About Utah Arts & Museums
Utah Arts & Museums is a division of the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts with a goal to promote innovation in and the growth of Utah’s arts and culture community. The division provides funding, education, and technical services to individuals and organizations statewide so that all Utahns, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic status, can access, understand, and receive the benefits of arts and culture. Additional information on the programs and services can be found at artsandmuseums.utah.gov or by calling 801.236.7555.

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