Making the Arts and Culture Available
to Every Citizen of Midvale.
Our purpose is to promote a sense of community and greater access to the arts and culture by offering a free concert series, theatrical productions and participation in local festivals through which all participants will be involved and directed in a professional and nurturing atmosphere.
Our vision is to brighten the lives and imaginations of the citizens of Midvale by providing everyone with an opportunity to experience arts and culture through watching, participating, and in various outreach programs. We strive to make a difference in people’s lives, and we want to make Midvale a destination for all of the art and culture lovers. We really want to show all of the Wasatch Front that Midvale is the place for Arts in the HeART of the Valley.
Meet the Midvale Volunteer Arts Council
President - Stephanie Johnson
Secretary - Julie Dacus
Kelli Allred, Joanne Buhler, Melody Chapman, Sandra Dixon, Charlotte Graham, Marissa Howes, Debbie Johnson, DeeDee Palmer, Bonnie Rose, Sally Russell, Korie Simpson, Kristen Thelen, Deborah Wouden
The Midvale Volunteer Arts Council (MVAC) is a group of citizens who believe that the arts are vital to our community. MVAC generally meets the second Saturday of the month at 10:00 am, discussing and planning the future of the arts in Midvale.
If you like the arts in any way (watching OR performing) come play with us!! You can be involved as much or as little as you like. Some of the committees you can help with are: Productions, Concert, Visual/Literary Arts, Concessions, Volunteers, and more. What skills do you need? NONE!! We will take anyone that wants to come play. We will teach you what you need to know. Do you have to live in Midvale? NO! As long as you love Midvale and want to make a difference – we want you!!
Midvale Arts Council Board of Directors
Wade was born and raised in Midvale, Utah. Wade is a graduate from Hillcrest High School and has a Bachelor of Science degree in International Finance from BYU. Wade has been a Bank Examiner with the FDIC for over 20 years, and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). Wade served an LDS mission in Japan. Wade has been a member of the Midvale Arts Council for 20 years, serving as Co-Chair with his wife Suzanne for over 15. Wade is active in the community in church service and youth sports programs. Wade spends as much time as he can on stage performing in theatrical productions or singing with his brothers – the Walker Brothers. Wade met his wife while doing a show, and together they have four children.
Stephanie was born in Tennessee and moved to Utah in 1980. She is a long-time Midvale resident and is a graduate of Hillcrest High School. Stephanie has a certificate of Human Resource Management and Bachelor of Science in Business, Human Resource Management from WGU. Stephanie is a Human Resources Manager and Director of Accounting for a company in Salt Lake City, and is a Certified Credit Executive (CCE). Stephanie is the President of the Midvale Arts Volunteer Council and has served on the Arts Council since 2000. Stephanie works primarily with the Productions Committee acting on stage, directing, and producing for Midvale Arts. Stephanie loves to travel and fancies herself an über amateur photographer. She is a proud Auntie to the most incredible niblings.
Bob Bedore has been a fixture in Utah Theater for over 35 years. He’s performed in over 150 different productions throughout most of the state and has directed over two dozen shows. He has written two books on teaching improv, over a dozen plays, and a few screenplays. He’s known as the “Godfather” of Utah improv and still plays with the troupe, “Quick Wits”, almost every weekend (he has performed over 3000 improv shows. In fact, you can usually catch him Saturday nights at the MPAC making up jokes. Bob has owned his own theater and has sat on a few different theater boards. His day job is that of a video producer and in his free time he is usually playing with his family, writing, or doing Stand Up wherever they’ll let him.
Originally from the southern tip of Illinois (nowhere near Chicago!) Jason has called Utah his home since 2006, and been a Midvale resident for most of that time. Jason has been a teacher in Granite School District for 8 years. With a B.A. in English and a Theater minor from the U, and an M.Ed. from SUU, Jason is a firm believer in lifelong learning and the importance of arts in education, and proudly believes in MAC’s mission to make quality art available to the community at large. A veteran of dozens of plays and musicals, Jason is most well-known in Salt Lake for his work with the Quick Wits, where you can see him every Saturday night having fun with some of Utah’s funniest improvisors and comedians. In his spare time, Jason likes to goof off with his wife Alison and two children, Lydia and Reed, and their pound puppy Malcolm.