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About the Program

The endowed program offers a pre-service Arts Integration Conference, ArtsLINK, to provide students with the elements of arts integration, opportunities to practice collaborative planning, and practice instructing K-6 students. The endowment additionally shares exemplar integration with K-6 principals and educators across the region through a research symposium and provides fellowship opportunities.

In addition to endowed programming, we partner with the Utah State Board of Education to provide professional learning for K-6 BTS Arts educators through regional meetings, in-service workshops, and partnerships with university groups including the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Book Arts, and UtahPresents. For more information or to request professional development programming, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Read the 22-23 Annual Report on endowed programming and our USBE grant here 


Meet the Team

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Associate Dean, Kelby McIntyre-Martinez: Director of the Endowed Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP) | Kelby is passionate about establishing pathways to higher education through sustainable arts programming that allows university and school-aged youth opportunities to create new artistic works alongside cultural workers, artists, organizations, and arts advocates to encourage cultural democracy, ways of knowing, and the generation of new knowledge. She values the mutual exchange of creativity and the reciprocal benefits this research and learning model creates for all participants and the field of arts education.

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U of U BTS Arts Education Coordinator: Alexis Foran | Holding a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and Art Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education, Alexis brings a unique blend of creativity and specialized knowledge to the classroom. With over 14 years of teaching experience, she has been a dedicated advocate for art integration, recognizing its profound impact on students’ cognitive and emotional development. Her passion for art education and expertise in special education has allowed her to develop lessons that teach to students’ individual interests and learning styles, empower them to explore their passions, and express themselves authentically. She strongly believes that invested learning occurs when personal connections are made, and with the right guidance and support, every individual has the potential to flourish.
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Professional Development Partner (Dance), 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.
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Professional Development Partner (Visual Art), 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.
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Professional Development Partner (Visual Art), Trish Saccomano | Trish 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.

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): 

The University of Utah works in partnership with the following regional districts & charters: Salt Lake City, Granite, Canyons, Murray, Tooele, Park City, North & South Summit, Guadalupe, Canyon Rim Academy, Weilenmann School of Discovery, Dual Immersion Academy, and Ascent Academy West Valley.

Beverley Taylor Sorenson 

“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

elemschools 1Throughout 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.

 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, go here

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, go here

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