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.
2019 Keynote Speaker
Brenda Wong Aoki
Playwright | Performer | Storyteller
Brenda Wong Aoki is a writer, performer, recording artist and the first nationally recognized Asian-American storyteller in the U.S. Known for her agility across disciplines and cultures, Brenda has created theatrical works for symphony, jazz ensembles, Taiko ensemble, contemporary and traditional world dance, and solo performance. She weaves together Japanese Noh and Kyogen theater, dance and everyday life experience in plays that have been produced in the U.S. Japan, China, Singapore, Australia and Austria. She has been awarded National Endowment Theater Fellowships, Drama-logue Awards, INDIE awards for Best Spoken Word recordings, a Critics’ Circle Award, and continued ASCAP Innovation Awards for new libretto. A credentialed K-12 teacher and curriculum developer, Brenda was a founding faculty member of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. Currently she is developing a new work to premiere in 2021 commissioned by the Hewlett Foundation about her mixed race family’s 122-year history in San Francisco. Her paternal grandfather was a founder of Japantown in the 1890’s, and her maternal grandmother was a leader of the first Chinatown garment union in the 1920’s. Brenda was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and still has family here. Full bio can be found here.
Educator Scholarships - For K-12 educators in Utah. Scholarships cover the cost of registration and keynote luncheon. Deadline to apply is Friday, April 5, 2019.
Student Scholarships - For students in Utah-based schools. Scholarships cover the cost of registration and keynote luncheon. Deadline to apply is Friday, April 5, 2019.
Educator and Student Scholarships are generously provided by Art Works For Kids!
Sponsor a table at the Keynote Luncheon to help us provide scholarships and to help us bring Brenda Wong Aoki to Utah.
You can purchase a table below:
- Arts Benefactor Table - $1000
Premier seating for table of 10 - Acknowledgement at luncheon and logo in program - Logo and link on conference webpage - Display table in networking area of 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 webpage - 2 full conference registrations
- Arts Supporter Table - $350
Prime seating for 4 - Acknowledgement at luncheon and name in program - Name listing on conference webpage