Endowed Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program

About the Program

The College of Fine Arts is committed to the preparation of new teachers as well as providing professional learning experiences for in-service educators to create and deliver high quality integrated arts curricula in K-6 classrooms.

The University of Utah partners with the Utah State Board of Education to increase the quality and quantity of arts education for elementary students by providing Utah’s public educators in grades K-6 professional learning experiences in the arts to support highly effective teaching and learning.

ArtsLink Logo colorThe Endowed program offers a pre-service Arts Integration Conference entitled ArtsLINK. ArtsLINK provides students: (1) Content Knowledge: The basic elements of arts integration; (2) Implementation: Experience collaborative planning and the mechanisms required to develop effective arts integrated curricula; and (3) Application: Practical teaching experience by teaching “mini” lessons to elementary grade level students (grades K-6).

Beverley Taylor Sorenson 

elemschools 1“It’s what little children do. They sing, they dance, they create. We have a responsibility to help these children reach their full potential, and that can only be done by keeping the arts in education.” -Beverley Taylor Sorenson

Throughout her life, Beverley Taylor Sorenson was a tireless champion for the arts. She began developing an integrated arts teaching model in 1995 by collaborating with arts education professionals, state organizations, and higher education institutions throughout Utah. In 2008, the Utah State Legislature adopted the model, named it the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program in Beverley’s honor, and has since provided the funding needed to place the program in a portion of elementary schools across the state. Right up until her passing at the age of 89, Beverley was a fixture at Capitol Hill, and she committed her time and efforts to lobbying the legislature for more funding to ensure that every elementary child in Utah receives the benefits of an arts-rich education through this program. Learn more about Beverley Taylor Sorenson’s generous contributions to arts education in the state of Utah.

Meet the Team

Assistant Dean, Kelby McIntyre-Martinez: Director of the Endowed Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP)
KelbyMM copy 300x400Kelby McIntyre-Martinez draws upon years of experience as an arts educator, choreographer, and director in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences. Mrs. McIntyre-Martinez currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Arts Education and Community Engagement in the College of Fine Arts and the Program Director of the Endowed Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program. Mrs. McIntyre-Martinez works with elementary schools to provide professional development support in the field of arts education to classroom teachers and art specialists. She has done extensive collaborative work with school districts, universities and non-profit organizations to create quality educational fine arts programs for youth that are more inclusive and accessible to the greater community. She is adjunct faculty in the Department of Theatre at the University of Utah and is an active board member for the Dance and the Child International’s (daCi) Utah Day of Dance.

 

BTSALP Graduate Endowed Fellowship

The Endowed Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP) Fellowship is awarded to select outstanding graduate students in the CFA who are passionate about furthering arts education in research and practice. Applicants must provide strong evidence of school or community-based pedagogical experience working with young people and educators in grades K-12. For more information, please contact Kelby McIntyre-Martinez, Assistant Dean for Arts Education and Community Engagement.

BTSALP Undergraduate Fellowship

The Endowed Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP) Fellowship is awarded to select outstanding undergraduate arts teaching students in the CFA who are passionate about pursuing a career in arts education. Fellows train and learn from the best BTSALP educators located throughout the University of Utah region. Applicants must provide strong evidence of school or community-based pedagogical experience working with young people and educators in grades K-12. For more information, please contact Kelby McIntyre-Martinez, Assistant Dean for Arts Education and Community Engagement.

Our Reach

Utah School District map showing University of Utah's reachThe University of Utah works in partnership with the following districts to provide quality arts integrated professional development support (click on map to enlarge): 

  1. Salt Lake City School District
  2. Granite School District
  3. Canyons School District
  4. Murray School District
  5. Tooele School District
  6. Tintic School District
  7. Guadalupe School
  8. Canyon Rim Academy
  9. Dual Immersion Academy
  10. Park City School District

 

University of Utah BTSALP Professional Development Partners

Ashley Anderson 300x300Ashley Anderson is the current Education Coordinator for the BTSALP at the University of Utah. She is a choreographer based in Salt Lake City and recipient of the 2014 Mayor’s Artist Award in the Performing Arts. Her choreography has been presented locally by the Rio Gallery, the BYU Museum of Art, Finch Lane Gallery, the City Library, and the Utah Heritage Foundation as well as national venues including Danspace Project, Dixon Place (NY); Crane Arts Gallery, the Arts Bank (PA); and the Taubman Museum of Art (VA), among others. Her work was also presented by the HU/ADF MFA program at the American Dance Festival (NC) and the Kitchen (NY). Teaching credits include the ADF Six and Four Week Schools, Dickinson College, University of the Arts Continuing Studies, and many K-12 schools and community centers. Ashley directs loveDANCEmore community dance events which are also shared in Utah’s visual art magazine, 15 BYTES, where she serves as the dance editor.

Deborah Beninati 300x300Deborah Beninati has a passion for teaching. During her 22+ years in the field of education, she has taught elementary general music, elementary orchestra, early childhood music education, private piano, and has substituted in the regular elementary classroom. For ten of her teaching years, she worked in Title I schools with children from marginalized and underserved communities. This became her favorite demographic and inspired her interest in Restorative Behavior Practices and Social Emotional Learning. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder, a MAT-FA from the University of Utah, and K-12 music certifications in both Utah and Texas. Additionally, she is on the UMEA General Music Committee and is the Western Region Representative on the NAfME Council for General Music. She currently serves as the BTSA Program Professional Development Partner for the University of Utah Region. When she’s not teaching or thinking about teaching, she enjoys alpine skiing, dark chocolate, and hearty red wines—although not at the same time. Her personal motto is: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

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Ashley Boyack: Ashley received a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah and a Masters degree in Education from the University of Northern Colorado. She began teaching for the Tanner dance program in 1991 and while there, presented at the daCi conference in Finland. Then she moved to Lawrence, Kansas and joined the Lawrence Arts Center. While there she was the Director of the Youth Dance Theatre and served as the Lawrence Arts Centers Dance Education Specialist. She helped write the Lawrence Arts Centers Modern Dance Curriculum, Boys sports dance class curriculum and helped to create the SmArt Moves program for the early childhood program. Since returning home, Ashley has taught in the schools as a Beverly Taylor Sorenson Dance Specialist and now serves as a professional development partner for the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts and Learning Program. In 2016 she received the Sorenson Legacy Award for excellence in Elementary Dance Instruction. Ashley has also been teaching an online dance education course for the Utah State Board of Education. In 2017 Ashley joined the Tanner Dance program as a full time Dance Specialist teaching in all areas of the program.

adibble 1 squareAnne Dibble: Anne has always had a passion for the arts and education. She was raised in a family of educators and artists, where each discipline was given equal value. Her personal background in the classroom, both as a student and as a teacher, has inspired within her a desire to ensure that all children are provided with access to high quality arts learning experiences. She is licensed to teach visual arts K-12 and taught for several years with the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program in Granite School District. She currently works as the Program Coordinator for the Master of Arts in Teaching – Fine Arts program at the U of U. She graduated from the University of Utah with a BFA in Art Teaching and a BA in English. She also received an M.Ed. in Education Culture and Society from the University of Utah.

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Kerri Hopkins: Kerri is originally from Buffalo, NY, but she has been calling Salt Lake City home for over a decade. Her background is in film and photography but she was drawn to arts education during graduate school. She holds a B.A. in Media Study from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her MFA in Film Studies from the University of Utah. Since 2009, Kerri has run the ArtsBridge program for the College of Fine Arts. She loves having the opportunity to work with students, helping them share their love of the arts to the next generation of artists by bringing the arts back to the schools that need it most. Kerri joined the PDP team for the U’s BTS region in 2015 and specializes in using film, technology, and eco-art practices in the art space.

Trish bw 300x300Trish Saccomano is the Lead Professional Development Partner (PDP) for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program in the University of Utah region. She also teaches Integrated Curriculum and Creativity courses in the Department of Family and Consumer Studies.
Trish came to the University of Utah after a career teaching in the Salt Lake City School District and still identifies as a practitioner to this day! Her areas of expertise include Early Childhood Education, Arts Integration and Classroom Management. Her research interests include Children on the Autism Spectrum and Arts Integration.