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Dance for All Abilities: Instructional Strategies for Every Classroom

I like a bargain! When I get the biggest bang for my buck, a delightful feeling springs up inside of me. This is a personality trait that has stuck with me over the years. Getting the biggest bang for your buck is a mantra I live by when creating content for my students. Developing a cardio-focused version of the BrainDance, connecting dance movement to the core curriculum, and providing classroom teachers with extra movement resources are a few ways I have practiced giving educators and students a big bang for their buck.  Over the past five years, I have developed…

Life is Better With the Arts

The arts impact the lives of students, educators, and communities. This idea reflects the founding principle of the Arts for Life initiative. Created by the Utah Partnership for Arts Education, Arts for Life shares stories of how the arts personally affect people. By highlighting these personal stories, the Arts for Life initiative reveals the rich and strong significance of arts education in helping people deal with life’s struggles, giving them hope, and providing a creative outlet. Rhonda Rhodes, a past president of UMEA, explained that creating resources for principals was the original idea uniting the four founding organizations of Arts…

Pressure to Power: Arts Express 2015

With another successful two days of inspiring presenters, the importance of the arts has been reinforced in the minds of all those who attended the annual Arts Express Conference. This year’s conference was titled “Converting Pressure to Power with STEAM.” Focusing on arts integration with the Utah Core Standards in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, each session featured authentic ways of bringing the arts into the classroom and reinforcing student learning in creative and new ways. Keynote speaker Susan Antonelli, author of the Wonder Teacher blog, helped participants learn about the importance of using science journals to engage students…

BTS Specialists Visit New Orleans for National Art Education Association Conference: An Article by Molly Neves

An important part of the BYU ARTS Partnership is training teachers as they continue to learn and develop professionally. A few of our Beverley Taylor Sorenson visual art specialists had a wonderful opportunity to attend the 2015 National Art Education Association National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. Thousands of visual art educators attend this nationwide conference every year and the experience to connect with other educators and attend a variety of sessions and workshops is invaluable. In addition to experiencing the beautiful French Quarter, world famous beignets, and delicious Cajun and Creole food, our specialists were able to listen to…

Authentic Experiences with the Visual Arts: An Interview with Tara Carpenter

Tara Carpenter, professor in BYU’s Department of Art Education, shares her ideas on how to help future teachers integrate visual arts into their classrooms. Carpenter has taught at BYU for the past three years. She teaches art for elementary teachers (VAEDU 326). The class is designed to help pre-service teachers understand visual arts and develop their own skills. Her teaching style focuses on providing authentic experiences to teachers. She believes that if teachers have real experiences with art they will feel more motivated to teach it. This year she has done just that! Carpenter helped develop and pilot a new…

Beverley Taylor Sorenson Painting Gala Event

If you have been in the David O. McKay Building on BYU campus recently, you have probably seen this new painting in the middle stairwell. Painting by Robert Barrett, on display in the David O. McKay Building To the casual observer, this 5-foot by 10-foot painting depicts children at play painting, dancing, and playing instruments. However, there is a deeper message and history behind the beautiful image. The mural is to honor the contributions of Beverley Taylor Sorenson and her family. Their philanthropic efforts have created a legacy of increased arts education throughout Utah. Proceeds from a BYU endowment help…

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