Evenings for Educators

This professional development program is made available by the Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS) with funding from the Utah State Legislature through the Utah State Board of Education.

Evenings are held throughout the academic year at museums and galleries across the state of Utah. They feature keynote speakers, hands-on workshops, networking opportunities, light refreshments and free educational materials designed to help teachers integrate the night’s theme into their curriculum. Teachers may receive inservice credit for attending these events. 

1 Evening + Survey = 3 relicensure points

*5 Evenings + Surveys + 1 Field Test = 1 semester credit 

(Feedback surveys will be emailed after each event and then points will be added to MIDAS upon completion.)

*Must be in the same school year.


Registration for all Evenings will be through MIDAS. All Evenings are in person, some Evenings are hybrid and have the option of participating through Zoom. All Evenings are subject to change, especially due to COVID-19. Please reference this page for the most up-to-date information.

2021-2022 Schedule


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Springville Museum of Art (Springville)

Hybrid

6-9pm

 

Where are YOU from? Using Art to Celebrate Your Unique Students

Join us for this Evening during National Welcoming Week! In connection with the book, Where are you from? by Yamile Saied Méndez, educators will learn comfortable tools to celebrate race and immigration in the classroom through themes of self-acceptance, identity, and home. Join presenters: Jean Tokuda Irwin, Noemi Hernández-Balcázar, and Angela Rosales Challis to explore collage and animation through hands-on workshops that will help you celebrate the unique and authentic stories of all your students.

Supply list for each workshop

Lesson Plan- "Animating your Perception" (by Angela Rosales Challis)

                         Slideshow Presentation of "Animating your Perception" 

Lesson Plan- "Branches of Your Identity" (by Noemi Hernandez-Balcazar)

                         Slideshow Presentation of "Branches of Your Identity"

Zoom Recording of Evening (coming soon)

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

BYU Museum of Art (Provo)

In-person 

6-9pm

 

Exploring Extra-Ordinary Creations of Vik Muniz

We will visit the new exhibition, Vik Muniz: Extra-Ordinary, following which participants will explore the unique possibilities of making art out of ordinary materials.

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Friday, October 8, 2021

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (Logan)

Hybrid 

4-7pm

 

Humor & Observation Using Art

Utilizing select artworks on view at the museum by artist Jean Lowe, educators will first explore how this artist incorporates observation, critique, and humor in her artworks about what we see and experience around us as Americans. Our teaching artists, Michael Bingham and Natalie Nish, will lead you through easy hands-on 3D activities to create sculptures that use humor while critiquing things they consider to be “American.” The exercises will provide opportunities for discussion about material culture, history, place, region, and pop culture.

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Thursday, November 4, 2021 (New Location)

Museums at Union Station (Ogden)

Hybrid

6-9pm

 

Reflections on Culture, Identity, and Self-Expression in Art

Join us at MUS to view our latest exhibition, Finding Me: The Power of Art in Finding Identity and Self-Expression, featuring works by Diné artists, Nathan and Steve Harrison of Utah. We will tie in Utah’s rich history and discuss the role of observation, interaction, and preservation when in dialogue with identity through art. Educators will be able to ask the artists questions and will leave this Evening with lesson ideas on how to use self-expression to connect culture, heritage, and identity.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Southern Utah Museum of Art (Cedar City)

Hybrid

6-9pm

 

Earth Art: Learning about Nature and the Climate Crisis through Art

Join us at SUMA to view our latest exhibition, This Earth, and connect nature, the environment, and climate to art making. Featuring works by artists at the Montello Foundation in Nevada, we will discuss the role of observation, interaction, and preservation when in dialogue with nature through art. We will also tie in Utah’s rich history of Land Art in comparison to the works on display. Educators will leave this Evening with ideas on how to connect the environment around them and the current climate crisis into their lessons.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (SLC)

Hybrid

6-9pm

 

Your Wide-Awake Classroom:

Teaching Brave, Empathetic, Lifelong Learners

Join us in downtown Salt Lake City to view UMOCA’s newest exhibition, For Freedoms, and learn how you can teach creative civic engagement, discourse, and direct action through art. This vibrant and timely show serves as a creative catalyst for arts educators, who will participate in four different break out groups: elementary, middle school, high school, and special education. Revitalize your classroom participation and unity and be prepared to see your student body transform into wide-awake classrooms!

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

DSU/Sears Art Museum (St. George)

In-person

6-9pm

 

Growing a Garden of Art:

Integrating Visual Arts with Music, Dance, and Poetry

“If science, technology, engineering, and math are the STEM—then cultural arts are the FLOWERS.”  -Kathy C. Cieslewicz

Join us as we kickoff the annual UAEA conference! This pre-conference Evening will consist of a light dinner, networking, and hands-on workshops that integrate performing arts and visual arts. Let’s teach how art moves us, how art makes us sing, and how art is poetry.

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

Weber State University Arts Learning Collaborative (Ogden)

In-person 

6-9pm

 

Reflections on Empathy for the K-12 Classroom

In connection with the exhibition, All Together, Amongst Many: Reflections on Empathy, participants will look at how they can foster empathy and understanding through the power of art in the classroom. This in-person event will include a tour of the Shaw Gallery introducing the exhibition. Following the tour, participate in hands-on workshops that show how the visual arts can shape learning in the classroom.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Utah Museum of Fine Arts (SLC)

Hybrid 

6-9pm

 

Stitching Together Subjects with the Arts

Come together with fellow educators to explore arts integration for the classroom! Inspired by our special exhibition, Handstitched Worlds: The Cartography of Quilts, educators will participate in a tour and other workshops to think about creative ways to engage students. Much like the quilting process itself, stitching together pieces to create a cohesive whole, curriculum in classes can use art with other subjects to provide multiple entry points and opportunities for understanding.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Springville Museum of Art (Springville)

Hybrid

6-9pm

 

From Student to Studio: The Evolution of a Professional Artist

This year we are celebrating the 50th year of the Annual Utah All-State High School Art Show! In connection with our exhibition, From Student to Studio, join us for a panel discussion and Q&A featuring arts professionals from the exhibition who once exhibited in the high school show as students. They will share their journey from student to professional and answer questions. Following the discussion, learn from these artists in hands-on workshops as they share art techniques and ideas you can use to inspire your students of all ages. 

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For questions or more information, please contact Senior Educator: Leslie Makai Gleaves at Lgleaves@springville.org or (801) 491-5715