Welcome to the Arts Summit

Mayor Randall

Dear Arts Professionals:

On behalf of the City of St. George, welcome to the 2021 Arts Summit! I firmly believe that a vibrant, connected arts community is essential to the health of every city and its residents. We are blessed here to have so many organizations – such as yours – dedicated to fostering an atmosphere where creativity in all art forms can flourish.

The St. George Arts Commission has put together an information-packed agenda for the Summit, and you and your team are sure to walk away with new insights and inspiration. Thank you for all you do to support and enrich the arts in St. George.

Sincerely,

Michele Randall, Mayor
City of St. George

Karman Wilson

Henry James observed, “It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance, and I know of no substitute for the force and beauty of its process.” We are incredibly fortunate to live in a corner of the world exemplifying James’ observation of the essential. Our life amongst the stunning red rocks is most certifiably made more interesting and important by the force and beauty of the many establishments representing the arts. Any given day in our lovely town citizens have the opportunity to encounter the arts in every form. Dance, film, literary, music, paint, sculpture, theater, a wealth of artistic expression lying in wait to uplift and inspire.

 

Thanks to the leaders of our fair city for their unwavering dedication and commitment in supporting those who bring life to us! It is through that dedication and support I invite you to join us for the 2021 St. George Arts Summit, Essentially Arts! September 23 at the Electric Theater in St. George, Utah.

 

Receive encouragement, be enlightened, and share in the insight of industry professionals to provide for and elevate your organization. If art makes life, as James declared, your contribution in the arts is truly indispensable.

 

Karman Wilson, Chair-Elect, St. George Arts Commission




Featured Speakers

Corbin Allred

Essentially Arts




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Corbin Allred was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has enjoyed a very successful career in film and television since the age of twelve and spent much of his youth and early adulthood in Hollywood, California pursuing the entertainment arts. Corbin has starred in dozens of films and television shows. Some of his most notable performances include his work in the critically acclaimed films "The Saratov Approach", "Saints and Soldiers", "Out of Liberty”, “Anywhere But Here” and the not-so-critically acclaimed film Robin Hood: Men in Tights and the ABC comedy series "Teen Angel". He is also a director, screenwriter, and producer, currently working on several projects near and dear to his heart. He continues to take acting roles that inspire him and strives to work with other filmmakers and artists who share his passion for storytelling. Corbin has recently taught acting workshops and even launched an online acting course to ensure actors of all levels could keep their instincts sharp and their creative juices flowing during the Covid pandemic. Corbin is also a folksinger and songwriter and has performed all over the country. He currently travels with the improv comedy troop "The Society" when time and opportunity permits. Corbin is also currently working on publishing his first children’s book. All together, Corbin has spent nearly 3 decades working in the art and entertainment industry. 

 

Corbin feels a powerful obligation to use what talents he has been blessed with to help, inspire, and serve others and to influence positive change through the medium of art. Though he is more recognized for his work in entertainment, he tries to balance that work with other endeavors, including his passion for emergency medicine. Between film work, he attended Dixie State University full-time and obtained his paramedic training, graduating Valedictorian. He simultaneously attended Southern Utah University full-time and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He went on to obtain his Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon and has practiced medicine since. He has spent the last 13 years serving his community. He has worked as an emergency 911 paramedic, paramedic and EMT instructor, and is currently a practicing Emergency Room PA in St. George, UT working the healthcare front lines and a member of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department Volunteer Search and Rescue team.

Striving to serve and save people has become his life’s work. Because of this, he has developed a profound passion for helping educate and empower young people to set and accomplish goals and more safely navigate this increasingly challenging world and avoid some of the pitfalls of life and culture. He always wants to do more to help prevent tragedies of the mind, heart, and soul and empower people to take control of their lives and become better, more positive, and more personally productive, fulfilled, and happy human beings. 

 

Corbin has many goals outside of the entertainment world and his deep love for people drives his work. He has traveled throughout the country speaking to tens of thousands of youth and adults alike on the topics closest to his heart. Mainly, he focuses his messages on the topics of individual accountability, perspective, and the power of positivity through real connection, kindness, love, and selfless service so that finding true peace and joy amidst the inevitable trials of life can be a reality for everyone. 

 

He feels honored to be invited to speak and teach whenever he has the privilege and opportunity and considers being able to do so one of his greatest blessings. He hopes that his story and insight can influence others for good but knows that it is the influence others have on him that brings him the most happiness in his work.

 

With all of that said, Corbin's favorite thing to do is spend any and every moment he can with his best friend and wife of nearly 17 years, McKenzie, and their four kids, Wyatt, Skylar, Lily, and Evie.




Lance Brown

On a Mission (& Vision)

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Lance is a relationship and sales expert. As a fundraiser (FUNraiser) and business professor at Dixie State University, he has played an integral part in the university's explosive growth. His fundraising efforts have enabled the university to build a new football stadium, a state-of-the-art human performance center, and transition to Division 1 status. 
 
Before working as a fundraiser, he worked as a national sales director at Living Scriptures Inc, where his list of accomplishments is extensive. They include top salesman, top recruiter, and top sales manager. While at Living Scriptures, Lance recruited, trained, and managed nearly 700 salespeople and was responsible for over $20M in sales. Lance authored and published a children's book, "The Answered Prayer," that featured on KSL, BYUTV, Deseret News, and the Salt Lake Tribune. 
 
Lance has a bachelor's degree in marketing and a master's degree in executive leadership. Through his experience, he has gained valuable insights into what draws individuals to each other and moves people to action. He loves to share these empowering lessons with others. Lance is married and has five kids; they are all boys except for 4 of them. Lake Powell, UT, is his favorite place in the world to visit. He is a basketball fanatic and terrible golfer. As the former drummer/lead singer of his college rock band, he often wonders if he missed his life calling. 




Emily Reed

Grant Writing 101

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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.