Category:Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Reaching and Teaching in Schools (ARTS) Partnership
The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Reaching and Teaching in Schools (ARTS) Partnership was founded in 2006, through a generous gift from Beverley Taylor Sorenson.
In 2006, the Partnership was initiated through a $1.5 million gift from Sorenson. In 2008, she presented the Partnership with an additional $4.5 million, to help the Partnership continue its successful work.
The ARTS Partnership is a collaborative project between the David O. McKay School of Education, the College of Health and Human Performance, and the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University. The Partnership works with local schools to show the importance of the arts in education. It will funds and manages the following initiatives, among others:
- An ongoing series of professional development workshops where arts professors help teachers learn how to integrate arts as an enhancement of, rather than a diversion from, subjects such as reading, writing, math, science and social studies
- An annual three-day conference for teachers and administrators focused on improving arts education
- Pairing BYU students majoring in one of the fine arts with current teachers interested in collaborating to improve arts education in their classrooms
- Specialized mentoring for select BYU interns in an art form during their year in the classroom
- Research into the effectiveness of new approaches to arts education
- Collaborating with other Utah institutions of higher education to promote and improve arts education
- Press Release: Philanthropist Beverley Taylor Sorenson’s $1.5 Million BYU Gift Will Fund Initiative Promoting Elementary School Arts Education
- Deseret News:Gift to Help BYU Promote the Arts
- The Daily Herald: BYU Gets $4.5 million to Promote Arts Education
- BYU News: Sorenson Legacy Foundation Donates $4.5 million to Brigham Young University’s Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Reaching and Teaching in Schools Partnership