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Advocacy

Friends of Art Works for Kids is a grassroots initiative created to advocate for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTS Program) and ensure that Utah’s school children receive the benefits of high-quality, integrated arts instruction. The goal of Friends of Art Works for Kids is to bring this innovative program to all elementary students across the state.

The BTS Program collaborates with the Utah State Office of Education, Utah Arts Council, Utah PTA, higher education institutions, and other community organizations, and to date has helped more than 100,000 Utah school children across the state receive the arts-rich education they deserve.

The BTS program is funded by the Utah State Legislature, and every year Friends for Art Works for Kids lobbies these elected officials to keep the program in the state’s education budget. To spread the word about the benefits of this program—both to local communities and to the Utah Legislature—Friends of Art Works for Kids needs the help of parents, teachers, and other community leaders. Become a friend today and help us keep the BTS program in Utah’s schools.


History

Beverley Taylor Sorenson

Beverley Taylor Sorenson (1924–2013), a tireless champion for the arts, began developing an integrated arts teaching model in 1995. Beverley collaborated with arts education professionals, state organizations, higher education institutions to design an effective model, and in 2008, the Utah State Legislature recognized her efforts by adopting the model her team developed and naming the initiative the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program.

To develop a strong and lasting foundation, Beverley and the Sorenson Legacy Foundation have committed more than $50 million to the program, including establishing higher education programs at Brigham Young University, Southern Utah University, the University of Utah, Utah State University and Westminster College to train those who teach art to elementary school children.

 

To view a full bio on Beverley Sorenson, click here.


The Model

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program strives to enrich a student’s education while also increasing competency and performance in every subject through the integration of arts-based learning into the core subjects.

The main tenant of this model is side-by-side arts instruction, where a teaching artist specialized in one of four art forms – dance, music, theater or visual arts – works alongside the classroom teacher to create an arts-focused lesson plan. This collaboration ensures that students develop competency in the art form while simultaneously learning other subjects. Click here to see how different Utah elementary schools have brought the BTS program into the classroom.


Get the BTS Program

With the Utah Legislature’s continued support and allocation of additional resources, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTS Program) is expanding. For the 2013-14 school year, nearly 60 new schools adopted the BTS Program, meaning 130 schools across the state are now benefitting from an arts-integrated education. Stakeholders are currently working on securing ongoing funding from the legislature, and ultimately hope to make the BTS Program available to all elementary schools in Utah.

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Contact Us

Friends of Art Works for Kids
47 West 200 South, Suite 402
Salt Lake City, UT 84101


Lisa Cluff
Director
801.455.6169
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Jacob Moon
Friends of Art Works for Kids Public Relations
801.461.9797
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Maren Hintz
Friends of Art Works for Kids Public Relations
801.461.9793
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