Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTS Arts) is a teaching partnership between highly qualified arts educators and K-6 classroom teachers in Utah elementary schools. The arts educator 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. 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.
Since its inception in 2008, BTS Arts has grown from 50 to over 450 schools, bringing integrated arts education to nearly 250,000 elementary public and charter school students across all LEAs statewide. This represents close to 80% of elementary schools in Utah with BTS Arts integrated learning in their schools. Over 100 schools were added between SYR 2022-23 and SYR 2023-24 alone. Demand continues to grow across multiple LEAs.