All students should have the opportunity to experience the fine arts as part of a well-rounded curriculum and complete education. The study of drama, dance, music, and the visual arts helps students explore realities, relationships, and ideas that cannot be expressed simply in words or numbers. Study of the fine arts nurtures creativity, an essential skill for the 21st century. The fine arts serve the education of the whole child.
Learning in the fine arts is valuable on its own, but it also engages students in learning in other subjects. Research has shown visual arts instruction to improve reading readiness. Performing and creating facilitates the acquisition of problem-solving skills and teamwork. Those skills then can be applied to other academic areas. All fine arts have academic content. Thus, the arts can help students learn essential skills in new and exciting ways.
In the global economy, creativity is essential. Creativity in students must be nurtured and allowed to have a place in the education of the whole child in order to prepare that child for the future. The study of visual arts, dance, drama, and music, as outlined in the Utah State Core Curriculum, provides a venue for creativity to flourish. The fine arts provide a place for students to explore new ideas, for appropriate risk-taking, for creative problem solving, for working together with others, for developing aesthetic awareness, for exploring and expressing the world, and for cultural awareness and representation, in addition to the benefits of study in the discipline of fine arts. The study of fine arts is a critical element of a well-rounded education for every student.
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The Utah Fine Arts Core Standards have been reviewed and revised. The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) adopted the final revision on April 15, 2016. Further, USBE designated the 2016-2017 school year for partial implementation with full implementation in the 2017-2018 school year.
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Study in the arts is an essential means, not an end, to acquiring thinking skills, creativity, the ability to change, and the facility to teach oneself. In a safe, nurturing environment, the arts enable students to express their feelings, communicate thoughts, explore their creativity, solve problems, communicate ideas, develop a sense of community, and appreciate themselves as participants in history, tradition, and culture. Learning in art, dance, drama, film, and music advances and strengthens motor skills. Self-discipline, perception, sensitivity, and promotes considerate behavior and the ability to work well with others. Fine Arts experiences contribute to the developmental process of understanding one another, and to naturally motivating students in all their learning.
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BTSALP is a teaching partnership between highly qualified arts specialists and classroom teachers in 130 Utah elementary schools. The arts specialist works collaboratively with the regular classroom teacher to deliver quality, sequential, and developmental arts instruction in alignment with the state Fine Arts Core Curriculum.
This program is bringing music, visual arts, dance, and theatre back into the classroom. And, as the art form integrates with language arts, math, social studies, and science, it is helping to reinforce the classroom core. Arts integration provides students with a deeper level of understanding in grade-level core content, and enriches the learning experience for both students and teachers.
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Study in the arts is an essential means, not an end, to acquiring thinking skills, creativity, the ability
to change, and the facility to teach oneself. In a safe, nurturing environment, the arts enable
students to express their feelings, communicate thoughts, explore their creativity, solve problems,
communicate ideas, develop a sense of community, and appreciate themselves as participants in
history, tradition, and culture. Learning in art, dance, drama, film, and music advances and
strengthens motor skills, self-discipline, perception and sensitivity, and promotes considerate behavior
and the ability to work well with others. Fine Arts experiences contribute to the developmental
process of understanding one another and naturally motivate students in all their learning.
Utah's Recommended Instructional Materials System
The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) is changing from OnTrack Professional Learning Center to MIDAS Professional Learning Center. The system will be used statewide to manage, track, and report teacher development.
One license point is awarded for each clock hour of participation. No credit cost to educator. Educators will need to defend the applicability of the activity to their professional responsibilities.
Eighteen license points = One semester hour credit. No credit cost to educator. Providers of the in-service credit need to get the activity pre-approved to determine if it meets the standards, which include support of the core curriculum.
Professional development events may offer University/College credit and the participant will be required to pay that institutions recording fee to receive the credit.
The Sorenson Legacy Awards for Excellence in Arts Education recognizes excellence in arts
education in Utah’s public schools. Children and teenage students need a well-rounded education
that addresses the whole child. The study of drama, dance, music, and the visual arts helps students explore realities, relationships, and ideas that cannot be expressed simply in words or numbers.
The arts integrate social-emotional learning through making cultural connections. Research supports the claim that learning in the arts increases learning in other academic areas. In the global economy, creativity is essential. Study of the arts provides a venue for creativity to flourish. As educators have felt pressure to give more and more attention to literacy and numeracy, the arts have been pushed to the background.
Beverley Taylor Sorenson worked tirelessly to promote the arts as an avenue for students to develop voice, sustain engagement in school, and evoke reflection and response.Through the Sorenson Legacy Foundation and the Utah State Board of Education (USBE), the Sorenson Legacy Awards for Excellence in Arts Education will recognize the essential nature of education in the arts for Utah’s students, distinguish those educators who embrace the arts with excellence in their practice, and ensure that Beverley's legacy will continue on.
Elementary Award Categories:
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Each recipient will receive an artistic award for display, along with a cash award of $2,500, with an additional $2,500 awarded to the recipient’s school/district for the purpose of supporting the arts program.
In addition, $5000 will be awarded for an Exemplary Arts Program or Initiative in a Public School or District. Finally, a Lifetime Achievement Award in Arts Education will be given for exemplary service over a career. The recipient of this award will be nominated by a selection committee, and will also receive $5,000.
Educators and/or public citizens are invited to submit nominations in the appropriate categories. Nominated educators must be licensed in Utah. Application Deadline: February 16, 2018.