"New Access" - addressing the subject of accessibility to the arts, including the broader issue of reaching underserved populations - is the general theme for the ninth annual Utah Arts Council Conference on Saturday, May 4, at the Doubletree Hotel.

Registration deadline has been extended to April 31.Featured speakers during the daylong meeting include:

- Robert Roth, Seattle, community arts coordinator for the King County Arts Commission, and a longtime advocate for fulfilling the needs of special populations. Hearing-impaired himself, he has served as outreach coordinator for the Washington Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and is co-founder of Art Access Northwest and Theater in Sign. He'll give the conference's keynote address on "Access - Broadening the Definition."

- Donald A. Meyer, Santa Fe, N.M., just recently appointed as executive director of the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), who will be guest speaker for the luncheon.

- Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, Dartmouth, N.H., director of programs and operations of the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, and former director of performing arts for WESTAF, who will conduct a session on "Audience Development for Underserved Populations."

- Kristen Madsen, moderator, "Youth and Cultural Program: Creating Community Pride."

- G. Barnes, moderator, "Artist and Tribe: Return to a Natural Embrace."

- Robin Riggs, a Salt Lake City attorney and associate general counsel to the Utah Legislature on economic/arts development.

- Cary Stevens Jones, director of the Very Special Arts Utah program, who will moderate a session on "Planning for Accessibility: Issues of Philosophy, Programming and Economics."

- Libby Maynard, Eureka, Calif., an arts consultant, who will moderate a discussion on "Innovative Artist Residencies in a Community Environment."

- Craig Miller, who will host a session on "Accessing Artistic Heritage Through the Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program."

For details, contact the Utah Arts Council at 533-5895. The conference will be preceded by the third annual Governor's Awards in the Arts banquet on Friday, May 3, at Union Pacific Depot. Registration fees are $30 for the conference only, $50 for the awards dinner only, or $59 for both events (a savings of $21).