Beverley Taylor Sorenson long had the dream of ensuring every elementary student in Utah has the opportunity to have a meaningful, arts-rich education. For nearly 20 years Beverley dedicated her time, money, and efforts to see this dream come to fruition, beginning with developing the Art Works for Kids teaching model. Her influence continues through her philanthropic foundations and family support.
The Sorenson family endowed positions and programs at seven of the Utah Universities. These positions offer professional learning opportunities for elementary classroom teachers and arts specialists. They support the LEA’s and schools within their region in the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program. These universities offer pre-service and in-service training for elementary classroom teachers and arts specialists.
The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program puts specialists trained in one of four art disciplines (visual art, dance, music and theater) in elementary schools to work alongside classroom teachers to develop lesson plans for the core curricula that incorporate art. The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) administers the program statewide, and collaborates with deans and university staff from Brigham Young University, Dixie State University, Southern Utah University, University of Utah, Utah State University, Weber State University and Westminster College 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 Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program in their respective areas of the state.
BYU Program Director
Cally Flox, teaching artist, educator and administrator, is the Founding Director of the BYU ARTS Partnership, which works to improve student learning and school culture through educator professional development. She is the lead author of A Teacher’s Guide to Resilience Through the Arts and her teaching reflects deep understanding of human development and neurophysiology with brain compatible, multi-sensory strategies. She spent many years teaching creative dance and the integrated arts to people of all ages in both private and public settings. Cally taught dance, math, and P.E. in public schools and has an MEd in Educational Leadership. She is a past President of the Utah Dance Education Organization and serves on the Utah and National boards of Dance and the Child International (daCi). Cally enjoys the outdoors and the arts with friends and family, including her husband, adult children, and grandchildren.
Utah Tech University Endowed Chair
Jeri Crosby enjoys her work as the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair for Elementary Arts Education at Utah Tech University where she teaches arts integration and music education courses and provides workshops and professional development for in-service teachers in the UTU Region. Jeri is passionate about arts education and holds level III certifications in both Kodaly and Orff Schulwerk. During her career, she has taught kindergarten through college classes, worked as a district music curriculum specialist/trainer, and presented professional development workshops in district, state and national settings. Jeri enjoys creating and sharing arts education and integration materials. She especially enjoys working with and learning from her students and amazing colleagues.
SUU Endowed Chair
Alisa Petersen is the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair of Elementary Arts Education at Southern Utah University. She grew up in Oklahoma in a home where exploration, making, play, and creativity happened every day. Alisa holds a BA in art education from BYU and an M.Ed. from Southern Utah University. She has worked as an elementary visual art specialist, a district art coordinator, an outreach artist, now as a university professor teaching courses in early childhood creativity and arts integration. As the director of the artsFUSION program at SUU, Alisa combines her passions for art, creative exploration and the maker movement to coordinate, develop, and teach arts integration and STEAM based learning activities for elementary teachers and children.
U of U Program Director
Kelby McIntyre-Martinez is currently the Assistant Dean for Arts Education and Community Engagement, Director, Fine Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching Program, and Director of the Endowed Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Program at the University of Utah. Kelby is passionate about establishing pathways to higher education through sustainable arts programming that allows university and school-aged youth opportunities to create new artistic works alongside cultural workers, artists, organizations, and arts advocates to encourage cultural democracy, ways of knowing, and the generation of new knowledge. She values the mutual exchange of creativity and the reciprocal benefits this research and learning model creates for all participants and the field of arts education.
USU Endowed Program Director
Aurora Hughes Villa is currently the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Program Director for Elementary Arts Education and Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. Aurora was formerly the District Arts Coordinator for Cache County School District in Logan (UT) where she founded Art in Transit: From Schools to Community – a program that brings art made by children into public places. She received the Sorenson Legacy Award for Excellence in Arts Education in the category of exemplary arts program initiative for her work with Art in Transit. Prior to moving to Utah, Aurora was a full time art professor at North Central College (IL) where she taught sculpture and ceramics. As a licensed teacher, she taught art in the public schools at the elementary, middle school, and high school level in Buffalo (NY) and Phoenix (AZ) and has taught art to children and adults for over 25 years. Aurora holds a BFA in Ceramics and a BS in Art Education from Buffalo State College (NY). After completing her MFA in Ceramics from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (IL), she exhibited her work nationally and internationally, with her artwork appearing in Ceramics Art and Perception. Aurora is currently on the Utah Art Education Association Board and enjoys creating arts partnerships around the state.
WSU Endowed Chair
Tamara Goldbogen is the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair for Arts Learning and director of the award-winning Arts Learning Collaborative at Weber State University. She teaches in the College of Arts & Humanities, the College of Education, and the Honors Program. Tamara’s creative and scholarly work focuses on theatre for young audiences, drama-based pedagogy, and arts integration. Tamara has received numerous accolades for her teaching such as the Presidential Teaching Excellence Award, and the Joseph and Holly Nye Bauman Outstanding Faculty in Honors Award. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Drama and Theatre for Youth from the University of Texas at Austin.
Westminster Endowed Chair
Rebecca Penerosa is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor of Arts Education at Westminster College where she oversees the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program and ArtsBridge. She recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Music Education from The University of Utah. She previously earned both a B.M. in Music Education and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.
Her endeavors as a mezzo-soprano took her to Vienna, Austria and Milan, Italy, where she participated in multiple opera and jazz festivals. Shortly thereafter, a worldwide pursuit began in which travel to over twenty-eight different countries revealed a spark for multicultural music. Rebecca’s research has since encompassed the value and perceptions placed upon multicultural music education and arts integration. Her choral experience spans the last 25 years beginning with a debut in the Sydney Opera House, Australia.
She served as an elementary music educator and middle school choral director for eleven years in California, Missouri, and Utah. Her focus has been on ESL instruction and arts integration and remains such through the lens of higher education. Her passion includes creating and fostering ties among the community with classroom teachers, arts educators, and pre-service students.
School Districts Covered: North Summit, Park City, and South Summit