Mormon Arts Center

Journal

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

On Carnegie Hall

I went by Carnegie Hall today, and I was surprised to see the poster for the Scott Holden recital in the beautiful outside display cases at Carnegie Hall. It was a proud moment, an arrival. When I first arrived in New York as a college student, I would scrape together $9 to buy a ticket on the back row of the balcony.

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Our Secret Weapon

I'm not sure I should be revealing this, but we have a trade secret. Far away, in the land of snow-capped mountains and Jell-O, exists the most fantastic company. They do brilliant work. They are fast. They're nice. Their equipment is top-notch, state-of-the-art …

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Collaboratives

I don't want to spoil too many of the surprises of the festival, but there are some really fun projects that will bring dozens of artists together to make linked visual images. These are thematically connected, and when you see them, I think you'll immediately understand the concept behind them …

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Off to the printer

The last time I pulled an all-nighter was...let me think...never. This week though, with the help of a bottle of Dr. Pepper and quite a lot of chocolate,  I stayed up all day, all night, and all the next day to put on the finishing touches for two publications due at the printer. The largest of these is the 660-page tome by film historian Randy Astle, Mormon Cinema: Origins to 1952. More about it another time, but I have to say that you will be in for a surprise. It is a major achievement in Mormon history.

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Crunch time

With a little more than a month before the festival, this is crunch time. Publications must be at the printer...like right now. In order to have all five publications ready (five!), authors, artists, designers, and editors have been logging in some very long hours lately. 

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Hopi and Hope

I had the great privilege of interviewing composer/scholar/advocate Trevor Reed this week for a podcast. It was an amazing experience. I've known about his work for a while. Two years ago, I wrote an article for an online magazine (SquareTwo) that I titled, "Mormon Masterworks of the 21st Century." In it, I described ten Mormon composers' works. One of them was Reed's  "Puhutawi." 

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It's About the Love

This delightful photograph of Richard and Claudia Bushman (taken by Jon Moe) is about as perfect a symbol as I can think of to explain what drives the Mormon Arts Center.  It's about love--for art, but love for the people making it, viewing it, studying it, supporting it, and bringing it to the limelight, too. I've noticed over the couple of years working on these projects that this affection for each other is a powerful buoying force. When one of us is overwhelmed and down, another senses it and comes to the rescue. 

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The Pubs

Claudia Bushman is fond of telling us all about the value of publication. This makes perfect sense, given that she's written a mountain of books herself, but she was speaking more directly to the need to document history as it's happening. One of the Mormon Arts Center's priorities is publishing: old school, hold in your hand, turn-a-page books. Anybody who's ever written a book and seen it in print understands the thrill of it, but few can imagine what goes into making an object like that.

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