Save the date for next year
– Thursday, May 7, 2020 –

If you have questions, contact Jason Bowcutt, 801-236-7554

The Mountain West Arts Conference is designed to help individuals and organizations in the cultural community access essential resources and create community connections throughout Utah. 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.

Thursday, May 2, 2019
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 W. 3100 S. West Valley City

2019 MWAC Design
Laura Sharp Wilson, 1996 (detail), 2014
State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection

2019 Post Conference resources 

Rabbit Holes – Professionally Creating your Brand Story and Multiplying your Marketing Effort
Rabbit Holes
Presentation Files
Rabbit HolesWorksheet
Presenters: Sarina Ehrgott and Josh Loftin

Unlocking a Vibrant New Perspective: Mindfulness for the Arts
Anna Smyth Presentation Files

How do I Get to “The Good Place?” Exploring Space and Place for Arts Organizations and Audiences
Presentation File
Presenter: Josh Stavros

The ED as the HR Department: Personnel Management for Nonprofits
Bryce King Presentation Files
Bryce King Employee Cheat Sheet

Making Your Values Visible: Exploring the Connection Between Diversity, Inclusion and Equity and
Transformational Change
Presentation Files
Presenters: Chrissy Deal and Amir Jackson

Local Arts Agency Summit
Teri Cowan Presentation File (Please email Racquel Cornali for access to this file).
Marci Milligan Presentation File

2019 MWAC Photo Album

2019 Keynote Speaker

Brenda Wong Aoki
Playwright | Performer | Storyteller

“Power of Personal Story or How the Aoki Clan Got to Salt Lake”

Haunted by her ancestors, mistaken for a Ninja, screamed at for being a foreigner Japanese-Chinese-Spanish-Scots American and Salt Lake City born Brenda Wong Aoki shares stories from her 42 years performing around the world and in the heartlands of America. Showing us that art connects hearts and knowing your own story can change your future. With special guest appearance by Emmy Award winning composer, Mark Izu, her husband.

Brenda’s full bio can be found here.

Conference information


Scholarships provided through generous support from Art Works for Kids and from the Stewart Family Foundation. We thank them providing opportunities for students, educators, and individual artists to attend the conference.

Conference Sponsorship

We gratefully acknowledge the table sponsors for the 2019 keynote luncheon

Arts Benefactor Sponsors

Jason Bowcutt

Racquel Cornali