Partner Universities/Organizations

BTSALP Partner Universities

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) administers the BTSALP program statewide and collaborates with deans and university staff to provide professional development for the arts specialists and classroom teachers. These higher education institutions also work with the USBE to manage the successful implementation of the BTS Program in their respective areas of the state.

  • Brigham Young Univeristy
    • Cally Flox, Associate Director CITES Over Arts Education; Program Director, BYU ARTS Partnership
  • Dixie State University
    • Jeri Crosby, Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair for Elementary Arts Education
    • Hayley Winslow, Program Coordinator/Professional Development Partner for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program
  • Southern Utah University
    • Alisa Petersen, Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair for Elementary Arts Education
    • Melanie Baker, Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program Coordinator and ArtsFUSION Assistant 
  • University of Utah
    • Kelby McIntyre-Martinez, Program Director of Professional Development Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program, Assistant Dean of Arts Education
  • Utah State University
    • Aurora Hughes Villa, Endowed Program Director for Elementary Arts Education, Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program, Professional Practice Associate Professor in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership
  • Westminster College
    • Rebecca Penerosa, Beverley Taylor Sorenson Assistant Professor of Arts Education


Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP) places arts specialists in over 380 elementary schools throughout Utah.  The program operates under the direction of the Utah State Board of Education through legislative funding.  The specialists teach side by side with classroom teachers to provide exceptional arts instruction that is integrated into the core curriculum.  Weber State University provides professional development training for the specialists and school faculties in our BTSALP area schools. Professional development is also provided by the BTSALP statewide University network–University of Utah, Utah State University, Southern Utah University, Brigham Young University, Dixie State University, and Westminster College.


Art Works for Kids

Art Works for Kids was created in 1995, when Beverley Taylor Sorenson established the foundation alongside her integrated arts teaching model that emphasizes collaborative teaching and planning between classroom teachers and arts teachers. In the years since, thousands of classroom and arts teachers have received professional development in arts integration through the workshops sponsored by Art Works for Kids.

Grants typically range between $5,000 and $25,000, and the Foundation has given millions of dollars over nearly two decades to schools, districts, arts organizations and universities for professional development and specialists.


Friends of Art Works for Kids

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 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.


Weber State University Partners

Through the 2015 Arts Integration Conference, WSU has developed a partnership with Stanford University and the Goldbogen Lab at the Hopkins Marine Station.  The 2016 Arts Integration Conference will continue the collaboration between WSU and the Hopkins Marine Station with the exploration of the scientific method through the arts.