Jean Tokuda Irwin is a visual artist, believes in kintsugi, the Japanese art of embracing imperfection and the value of tsundoku (owning many unread books), global travel, saving this planet, and life-long learning. She is AE Manager for Utah Arts & Museums. Service includes NEA, IMLS and U.S. President’s Committee for Arts & Humanities Youth Arts. She served on National Assembly of States Arts Agencies’ AE Leadership Advisory Group; as a non-indigenous representative on the Utah American Indian/Alaskan Native Education Committee and is currently in partnership with BYU Arts Partnership Native American Curriculum Initiative. She recently joined the board of Local Learning (National Network/Folk Arts in Education. She served on the Coalition for Minorities Advisory Council/State Board of Education; the National PTA Diversity Committee and NPTA board; piloted dance, film/video for Reflections, later adopted by NPTA. Awards include: SLC Mayor’s Individual Arts; Human Rights Award/Utah Counselor’s Association; Ruby Chacon Award-Arts & Social Justice; Sorensen Legacy Award-Lifetime Achievement in Arts Education; Special Recognition Award/Utah Cultural Alliance; Americans for the Arts Education Award, 2020; and in 2022, the NASAA Individual Award for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas – Permian Basin.