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Welcome to the Arts Summit

Boards, Budgets, & Brotherhood!

Mayor Randall


Dear Arts Professionals:


I would like to warmly welcome you to the 2022 Arts Summit! 


We are committed to the idea that arts play an essential role in any great city. We are blessed here to have so many organizations that foster an atmosphere where creativity in all art forms can flourish. Your contributions are vital to St. George.


The St. George Arts Commission has put together a power-packed agenda for the Summit, which is sure to infuse you with insights and inspiration. Thank you for all you do to support and enrich the arts in our city.



Michele Randall, Mayor

City of St. George

Jane Anderson Summit


Have you taken a stroll through downtown St George lately? If it’s been a while, you’ll discover an even greater array of enthralling artwork depicting our city’s cherished past, while revitalizing the heart of urban scenery. For 30 years, I have been blessed to call this stunning corner of southern Utah home, and have watched an impressive expansion of the arts on every level. Recently, elected officials of the Utah League of Cities and Towns noticed too. They were astounded by the innovative ways our city continues to broaden the cultural landscape, making St George a true destination for the arts. While not every story can be told with the broad stroke of a brush, there is a tangible vitality pulsing through our captivating galleries, concert settings, festivals, theatre productions, film, and dance venues, just waiting to be discovered–-or rediscovered–-by a curious vacationer or longtime resident.


This fall, as we collectively gather for Arts Summit 2022, our mission is to recognize the unifying canvas of brotherhood we share. I personally invite you to explore an art form not yet familiar to you. Seek out something new and different and allow the arts to recreate within you a better sense of community, today, and for those who will later follow. As Robert L. Lynch, President of Americans for the Arts emphatically stated, “The arts empower. The arts give a voice to the voiceless. The arts help transform American communities and, as I often say, the result can be a better child, a better town, a better nation, and certainly a better world. Let’s champion our arts action heroes, emulate them and make our communities everything we want them to be.” 


The arts create community! 


Jane K. Anderson Chair-Elect,

St. George Arts Commission

Featured Speaker & Breakout Leaders

Ernesto Quintero

Arts Create Community

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Ernesto Quintero is the Creative Director of Higher Ground Entertainment. Along with his partner, Danny Haro their focus is to acquire current socially relevant projects that otherwise would go unnoticed. He’s a filmmaker with a knack for story and heart that allows him to capture emotions. He is currently directing Mission Possible, a documentary that will bring light to health disparities, medical inequities and patient related issues that exist around the medical industry. Most recently, his feature documentary A Sacred Journey, a story of his brother’s fight with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis was awarded Best Documentary Film at DOCUTAH International Film Festival (2019). His other awards include the Imagen Award for Outstanding Stage Production for Veteranos: A legacy of Valor (2000), a nomination for an Alma Award for Outstanding Made-for-TV Documentary for Warrior of the Court (2007), Imagen Award for the PBS national television series Voces (2007), Cine Golden Eagle Award for Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano (2007) and a NAMIC award for the mun2 Hookup (2008).

Morris J. Peacock, CPA

Budgeting with NonProfits

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Morris J. Peacock, CPA is a partner at HintonBurdick CPA’s & Advisors. He has over 30 years’ experience assisting for profit and nonprofit businesses with accounting, tax, payroll and management advisory services. Morris has specialized in the nonprofit, construction and medical practice areas. He is a frequent speaker at national conferences on nonprofit accounting, management and governance issues. He also is a frequent presenter in our community on tax and accounting issues and on construction related accounting and tax topics. He has been actively involved with service organizations in our community for many years and currently serves as the Treasurer of the Southern Utah Home Builders Association as wells as the Caddy Group of Southern Utah.


Morris and his wife Mary Jo are the parents of two daughters and have eight grandchildren that they love to spend time with. Morris enjoys sports and the outdoors including camping, hiking, hunting, fishing and gardening.

Cheryle Caplinger


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Cheryle Caplinger is the Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships at Utah Tech University (formerly Dixie State University). Ms. Caplinger works with University leadership to establish and manage high-level, mutually beneficial partnerships with organizations and companies. These collaborations are selected to support Utah Tech’s open, comprehensive, inclusive, polytechnic mission - specifically to expand authentic student learning experiences, bring new resources to the University, and provide insights about academic programming and student career readiness.

As a “military brat,” Ms. Caplinger has lived all over the country. She hopes to stay in Utah for the rest of her career. Her bachelor’s degrees are from Ashland University in Ohio; her master’s degree is from Northern Illinois University outside of Chicago. Ms. Caplinger is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and the American Marketing Association (AMA). She also serves on several boards as the chair for ethics and diversity. She has Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).

Ms. Caplinger was CEO of large-scale, non-profit arts organizations in Alabama and Minnesota. She also served as Director of Development for the University of North Carolina Health Foundation, and was the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for the College of Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a former boxing instructor, Cheryle enjoys exceeding expectations while also continuing to broaden her education.

Emily Reed

Local Grants

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Emily is an arts lover, advocate, teacher, and administrator. She has worked with numerous arts organizations throughout the nation providing research and consultations on fundraising, development, facilities design and management, board relations, budgeting, pricing strategies, non-profit creation, marketing and public relations, policy, advocacy, and more. A native of Louisiana, Emily received her BA in Literature and Philosophy from Ave Maria University and her MFA in Arts Administration from Southern Utah University. 

Emily’s proudest career achievements to date: the design and funding of an arts center in southwest Florida, advocating for the arts on Capitol Hill (SLC and DC), and writing and producing a few fantastic episodes of the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Play On! Podcast.

All of Emily’s work is guided by the belief that there is a dialogue between the artist and their work, between their work and their audience, and ultimately between the finite and the eternal. As the Community Arts Manager for the City of St. George, Emily is able to facilitate environments where the art and the artist can connect directly to the audience for the purest possible gift and reception of art and self.