Journal

Board members and participants capture behind-the-scenes activities of the Mormon Arts Center in frequent posts.

After/Words

Immediately after the Festival, the participants, presenters, art, and artists went home. We organizers took a week or so to catch up on sleep. And then we went right back to work. We felt energized, and if anything, the positive feedback fueled our ambitions to develop additional ideas for the future ... 

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Glen Nelson
Unpacking the Festival

The Mormon Arts Center Festival ended Saturday afternoon, July 1, 2017. I don’t really know how best to describe the events of those four days (five, if you could the exhibition set up). Anybody who was there has their own impressions, so I can only speak ...

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Glen Nelson
What Happened?

A year or two ago, a graduate student asked my wife Claudia how Exponent II, the Mormon women’s newspaper/magazine got started a little over forty years ago. Claudia was the first editor and there from the beginning, the right source of information ...

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Richard Bushman
The Jewish Museum

When the Mormon Arts Center founders looked for precedents for their budding endeavor,
they often seized upon the Jewish Museum as one parallel. Though light years ahead of us in
size and scope, the Jewish Museum organizers were motivated by the desire to explore the
culture and art of a people rooted in a religion-- just as we were ...

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Richard Bushman
The Festival Magazine

Every attendee at the Festival (June 29-July 1, 2017) will receive a free magazine. I’ve been putting the finishing touches on the maps, directions, restaurant listings, schedules of events, and information about what is happening ...

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Glen Nelson
Christo

One of the works in Immediate Present, is J. Kirk Richards’ Christo (series) (2014). It was acquired by the Church History Museum the year it was made and after it came down from hanging in the exhibition Mondo Mormon: the Utah Biennial ...

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A Day in the Life

On Tuesday mornings, I set the alarm for 6:45 a.m. to remind me that at 7:00 a.m. our Finance Committee call begins. We use Dave Checketts’ conference call network because he is a member of the committee and has a number already set up for his business calls. Jeff Holt, chair of the finance committee, sets the agenda, but everyone pitches in.

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Richard Bushman
Sing!

Of all the events of the Festival, the most fun might end up being the giant Sing-in led by the marvelous choral conductor Craig Jessop and accompanied by Bonnie Goodliffe.  Have you ever sung in a 300-voice choir? It’s the sonic equivalent of driving a racecar with a 300-horsepower engine ...

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Glen Nelson