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Episode One

V. Kim Martinez & Jack Ashton

Meet muralist V. Kim Martinez and former Utah Symphony violinist Jack Ashton.

Art is both something that exists in the present, as well as a gift to be given to the future. Muralist V. Kim Martinez, inspired by the Mexican muralists of the 20th Century, now passes her craft along as a professor & community activist. Jack Ashton, longtime violinist for the Utah Symphony, is honored for his work in education, introducing students to the joy of creating music.

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V. Kim Martinez

Muralist V. Kim Martinez uses her craft to teach, to learn, and invest in her community.

A muralist and political artist, V. Kim Martinez was motivated to understand how power structures impact the disadvantaged. For Kim, art is both a way to have a voice and to share a dialogue with others. Herself inspired by the Mexican muralists of the 20th Century, Kim now inspires the next generation — empowering others to connect with their communities and tell their own stories through art.


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Jack Ashton

Longtime Utah Symphony violinist Jack Ashton is honored for his work in music education.

In his 48 years as a violinist in the Utah Symphony and 35 years teaching at Olympus High School, Jack Ashton has more experience in music than many of us have years in our lives. While Jack’s education work includes teaching the basics of notes & scales, the real reward comes from introducing students to the joy of creating music. According to Jack, you can’t find anything sweeter than that.


Art Elevated: The Governor's Mansion Artist Awards is made possible in part by Zion's Bank, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Foundation, The Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation, Thomas A. & Lucile B. Horne Foundation.