May 27, 2022

Getting to Know Jean-Michel Basquiat

Second grade students at Fox Hollow Elementary School in Lehi recently became acquainted with the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat through his story and his art.

May 16, 2022

Seeking Culturally Responsive Books About Native Americans for the Classroom

One evolving aspect of the BYU ARTS Partnership Native American Curriculum Initiative is the journey of helping classroom teachers choose culturally accurate and authentic literature.

April 4, 2022

Making Connections Through the Native Foodways of Utah

I placed my teetering mountain of blue corn crepes on the table and watched as coolers and crockpots full of Indigenous food from Utah filed in behind me.

March 28, 2022

Differentiating between a Hula Hoop and a Native American Hoop

Conversations on cultural appropriation require patience, humility, and honest self-reflection. It can be hard, but it shouldn’t stop us from moving forward.

December 2, 2021

Distinguishing Between Nations, Tribes, Bands, and Clans

There are eight federally recognized tribal nations in the Utah region:

  • Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation
August 19, 2021

Lead Sheet for Leadership

Written by Cally Flox, director of the BYU ARTS Partnership

April 21, 2021

Get to Know Teresa Love

Die-hard lover of the arts, actor, playwright of over 50 plays, director of over 200 productions, producer, and mentor: these are roles that Teresa Love fills as she works in theatre and mentors teachers who, in turn, bring theatre to their

April 13, 2021

Arts Bridge Scholars

During the fall of 2019, I had the privilege of filming several elementary education majors enrolled at the McKay School as they completed projects in the BYU Arts Bridge program. 

April 6, 2021

Children's Art Gallery Grand Opening

Home to Brigham Young University’s McKay School of Education is what most people think of when they hear talk of the David O. McKay Building on campus. But there is more to it than that, ever since 2019 when the David O.

April 6, 2021

I Am a Teacher

by Christy Bryant Nielsen
(Inspired by my mentor, Janet Sant)

March 23, 2021

Mae Timbimboo Parry: Historian of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone

Women’s History Month is a great opportunity to explore how Utah women have impacted their communities, the state, and in some cases, the nation as a whole.

March 16, 2021

Exploring Playgrounds Around the World Through Art

Written by Rachel Gonthier, Visual Art Specialist and BYU ARTS Partnership Professional Development Partner.

March 9, 2021

Meet Heather Francis

Dancer, mathematician, educator, arts integrator, and BYU ARTS Partnership leadership team member, Heather Francis is passionate about advocating for the arts for children.

March 2, 2021

Using Adaptive Strategies to Teach Through Dance

I like a bargain! When I get the biggest bang for my buck, a delightful feeling springs up inside of me. This is a personality trait that has stuck with me over the years.

February 23, 2021

Utilizing Self-Care as a Teacher

We all encounter challenges in an uncertain world.

February 16, 2021

Get to Know Jennifer Purdy

Jennifer Purdy has seen firsthand how art changes lives. Now, Jennifer is helping to change more lives by mentoring educators who are bringing the arts to their students.

February 9, 2021

Native American Hoop Dance

Watching the Native American Hoop Dance is an experience that sticks with you. Maybe a Native American group visited your school or you witnessed the dance at a cultural event. Whatever the case, those moments make a lasting impression.

February 2, 2021

Getting to Know Cindy Clark

“The arts make the world worth living in and help define purpose.”  

Cindy Clark, BYU ARTS Partnership leadership team member, visual artist, singer (in the shower), piano player and tea

January 26, 2021

Relevancy in Student Learning

In my work with the National History Day (NHD) program, I have witnessed the transformative power of relevancy in student learning.

January 21, 2021

Culturally Responsible Classrooms

The start of the new year is a great chance to hit the reset button.

January 15, 2021

M'art'ch Madness

What Is M ‘art’ ch Madness?

Do you know anyone between age 5 and 18 who would love to win a pair of AirPods? That’s what K-12 students may win by entering our M’art’ch Madness competition!

January 12, 2021

Classroom Management Techniques

My last blog post was centered around laying a foundation for good classroom management that targeted all Tier 1 students.

December 18, 2020

The Power of a Name

There are so many benefits to simply learning student's names that I would implore future arts bridge scholars to make this a priority! Set aside a few minutes at the beginning of each class to learn and remember each of the student's names.


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