Literary Arts

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…

Utah Women’s History to Be Celebrated in 2020

Better Days 2020, a nonprofit organization dedicated to popularizing Utah women’s history through art, education, and legislation, has reason to celebrate this year—as do all of us. This year, Better Days 2020 will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Utah women casting their first ballots, the first American women to vote under an equal suffrage law. It is also the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave equal voting rights to women; and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which protected voting rights of racial minorities. Arts-Based Initiatives There will be numerous arts event to celebrate these landmarks…

School Library is a Hub for the Arts

Wasatch Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah, has an important and unique focus: intertwining the arts with other curricular areas. Through donations from the community, specialists in the different arts, and collaboration between the faculty and staff, the students at Wasatch are experiencing a much broader education than simply the three Rs (Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic). Wasatch Elementary’s library plays a central role in the art education of the students. Dawn Ann Bullough, library media teacher, has a passion for what they do. “This community values having all of the arts taught in its school,” she said. Some people wonder…

Timpanogos Storytelling Conference and Festival: A Featured Article by Teresa Love

Don’t you LOVE it when you find a hidden gem? And don’t you wonder, “why didn’t I KNOW about this?” I’m here to tell you that the annual Timpanogos Storytelling Conference and Festival in Orem, Utah are brilliant hidden gems for elementary school classroom teachers and arts specialists. In case you don’t know, oral storytelling is enjoying a worldwide renaissance. Tellers from all ages tell old tales, new tales, hilarious narratives, personal stories, tall tales, healing stories, and more to enthusiastic listeners. Perhaps the oldest art form, and the basis of drama, theater, literature and film, storytelling connects deeply with…

All that Jazz: A Featured Article by Rachel L. Wadham

Biographies are a great starting place to learn how to integrate social studies and art. Last year we had a great splash of outstanding biographies about jazz musicians hit the market. The early history of jazz music is sure to spark discussions about racial and gender issues in this country. Relating these topics to discussions about point of view or individuals and cultures engages students in exciting ways. Using media to show video and sound clips is another great way to connect. So jump in and enjoy! Shown Above:  Bird and Diz by Gary Golio and Ed Young (9780763666606). Blasts of…

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