"Creativity is now as important in education as literacy"- Sir Ken Robinson
A well-rounded education includes the arts. The fine arts provide a place for students to explore new ideas, take appropriate risks, creatively problem solve, collaborate, develop aesthetic awareness, explore the world and other cultures, and to express oneself.
The Utah Core standards are organized into strands, which represent significant areas of learning within content areas. The Fine Arts have four strands: Create, Perform/Present/ Produce, Respond, and Connect. These four strands provide the framework for a comprehensive experience in each of the five art forms: Dance, Drama/Theatre, Media Arts, Music, and Visual Arts.
Conceptualize, generate, develop and organize artistic ideas. Refine through persistence, reflection, and evaluation.
Analyze, interpret, and select artistic work. Develop techniques and concepts to refine work and express meaning through presentation.
Perceive, analyze, interpret, articulate, and evaluate work and process.
Synthesize and relate knowledge with personal meaning relating to societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
The Utah Fine Arts Core Standards have been reviewed and revised. The Utah State Board of Education adopted the final revision on April 15, 2016. Further, Utah State Board of Education designated the 2016-2017 school year for partial implementation with full implementation in the 2017-2018 school year.
Fine Arts Qualifying Endorsements
This document shows the courses, license areas, and endorsements that are qualified to teach the listed courses in the Fine Arts. If a course is listed more than once it means that there are multiple endorsement options that can meet that course requirement. The tabs at the bottom of the document represent active courses in each art form. Not all courses listed meet graduation requirements. Please refer to the Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS) Course Codes and Approval webpage for details related to graduation requirements and course descriptions and standards.
Fine Arts Teacher Observation
Utah State Board of Education Educator Licensing
Social/Ballroom Dance Endorsement (Retiring)
Utah State Board of Education Educator Licensing
The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) uses the Massively Integrated Data Analytics System (MIDAS) system statewide to manage, track, and report teacher development.
One license point is awarded for each clock hour of participation. No credit cost to educator. Educators will need to defend the applicability of the activity to their professional responsibilities.
Eighteen license points = One semester hour credit. No credit cost to educator. Providers of the in-service credit need to get the activity pre-approved to determine if it meets the standards, which include support of the core curriculum.
Professional development events may offer University/College credit and the participant will be required to pay that institutions recording fee to receive the credit.
Recommended Instructional Materials System (RIMS)
Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP) is a teaching partnership between highly qualified arts educators and classroom teachers in almost 400 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. And, 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.
Fine Arts Assessment
Professional Outreach Program in the Schools (POPS), managed by the Utah State Board of Education and sponsored by the Utah State Legislature, supports arts education in Utah’s public schools by bringing professional arts organizations’ educational programs to schools for free or subsidized costs. The goal is to connect schools, teachers, administrators and students with high quality arts learning experiences with professional artists. POPS supports the state’s core arts standards by providing arts education opportunities to all Utah schools.
Fifteen POPS organizations are available to provide lecture demonstrations or assemblies, arts instruction in the classroom, teacher professional development workshops, concerts, and performances in dance, media arts, theatre, music and visual art to your school.
Introduction to POPS
POPS Offerings School Fiscal Year (SFY) 2023
The Sorenson Legacy Awards for Excellence in Arts Education recognizes excellence in arts education in Utah's public schools. Children and teenage students need a well-rounded education that addresses the whole child. The study of drama, dance, music, and the visual arts helps students explore realities, relationships, and ideas that cannot be expressed simply in words or numbers.
The arts integrate social-emotional learning through making cultural connections. Research supports the claim that learning in the arts increases learning in other academic areas. In the global economy, creativity is essential. Study of the arts provides a venue for creativity to flourish. As educators have felt pressure to give more and more attention to literacy and numeracy, the arts have been pushed to the background.
Beverley Taylor Sorenson worked tirelessly to promote the arts as an avenue for students to develop voice, sustain engagement in school, and evoke reflection and response. Through the Sorenson Legacy Foundation and the Utah State Board of Education, the Sorenson Legacy Awards for Excellence in Arts Education will recognize the essential nature of education in the arts for Utah's students, distinguish those educators who embrace the arts with excellence in their practice, and ensure that Beverley's legacy will continue on.
Educators and/or public citizens are invited to submit nominations in the appropriate categories. Nominated educators must be licensed and endorsed in Utah.
Nominations for the 2023 awards are closed. Timeline for applications for the 2024 awards TBD.
Elementary Dance Instruction
Elementary Drama Instruction
Elementary Music Instruction
Elementary Visual Arts Instruction
Elementary Arts Integration
Secondary Dance Instruction
Secondary Drama Instruction
Secondary Music Instruction
Secondary Visual Arts Instruction
Exemplary Arts Education Administration
Each recipient will receive an artistic award for display, along with a cash award of $2,500, with an additional $2,500 awarded to the recipient's school/district for the purpose of supporting the arts program.
In addition, $5,000 will be awarded for an Exemplary Arts Program or Initiative in a Public School or District. Finally, a Lifetime Achievement Award in Arts Education will be given for exemplary service over a career. The recipient of this award will be nominated by a selection committee, and will also receive $5,000.
Fine Arts Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7842 | E-mail
BTS Arts Education Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7646 | E-mail
BTS Arts Program Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7503 | E-mail