Evenings for Educators

One of the longest-running programs of the StateWide Art Partnership (SWAP) is the Evenings for Educators series. 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, on average, once or twice a month during 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 

*(Must be in the same school year.)

Registration will be through MIDAS when it launches. Until then you can click on the registration link below each Evening to register. Pre-registration will close the day before the event but walk-ins are always welcome.

Download the 2017-18 Schedule

2017-2018 Schedule for Evenings for Educators:

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 6:00pm

Hosted by Springville Museum of Art (Springville)

Diving Deep: Exploring Humor in Art

Join us as we explore the exhibition “Wit and Whimsy: off the deep end” and how humor and play are used to explore deeper ideas in art. Hands-on workshops will help K-12 educators explore playful ways to enhance core curriculum in their classrooms.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 6:00pm

Hosted by Southern Utah Museum of Art (Cedar City)

Common Threads: Connecting Fashion Design with Nature

Based on an exhibit of the work of fashion designer Eletra Casadei, we will be creating pieces of jewelry, clothing, and masks. Elementary and secondary teachers will be separated into grade-level workshops and participate in hands-on projects that will explore science and design integration. The project will connect Casadei's fashion design with inspiration from animals and insects found in Southern Utah. 


Saturday, October 7, 2017 @ 10:00am

Hosted by CCSD and Utah State University (Logan)

We All Have Chemistry: Full STEAM Ahead!     Download Flyer

Bring your laptop and imagination as we explore the design process through digital and analog means. Guest educators, Courtney Bryant (engineering) and Jeff Mather (teaching artist) from Drew Charter School in Atlanta, Georgia will mentor participants through an arts-infused STEAM project using web-based design tool Tinkercard. 


Thursday, October 26, 2017 @ 6:00pm

Hosted by Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (SLC)

Cities of Conviction     Download Map & Directions

The Cities of Conviction exhibition presents contemporary artworks from Saudi Arabia that engage in issues of ideology, government, and commerce. Join us for an opportunity to explore transformation in Saudi society through two teacher-led art workshops and a guided gallery tour.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017 @ 5:30pm

Hosted by Woodbury Art Museum (Orem)

Magical Muses

Participants will enjoy the impressive annual UVU Faculty Show and explore the multitude of ideas that bring magical inspiration to artistic exploration. Through a mix of old and new media and techniques, join the hands-on mini sessions and find your own magic for artistic expression.  


Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 5:30pm

Hosted by Utah Museum of Fine Arts (SLC)

Art in the Elements: From the Trail to the Museum

Celebrate the re-opening of the UMFA’s galleries as we team up with the University of Utah’s Department of Art & Art History pre-service teachers to take you on an adventure through art! Nature is all around us. It’s particularly spectacular in Utah, and is a part of core standards. Elements of nature combined with artistic fundamentals make for a fascinating dialogue that you can incorporate into any classroom. 


Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 6:00pm

Hosted by BYU Museum of Art (Provo) 

Fascinating Foray into the Heart of M. C. Escher

Discover an artistic realm of wonder, impossible constructions, and infinite tessellations conceived in the mind—and heart—of one of the worlds’ most famous graphic artists; then experience hands-on art workshops that will inspire your own inner “Escher.”



Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 6:00pm

Hosted by DSU Sears Gallery with UAEA (St. George)

Print Something!                 Download Flyer          Download Agenda

Printmaking can be used to teach any subject and allows students to try different techniques and see cause and effect in action! Methods are easy to adapt to all ages and materials can be inventive and inexpensive. Come learn how to add some fun, new, and creative opportunities for experimentation and expression to your classroom.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 6:00pm

Hosted by Springville Museum of Art (Springville)

Transforming the World: A look at Social Justice in Art          Download Flyer

In connection with the national, traveling exhibition, Speaking Volumes | Transforming Hate, we will explore ways art can be used to promote social justice. Curator Katie Knight will be in attendance and K-12 educators will participate in hands-on workshops exploring how these ideas of transformation can be used to shape learning in the classroom.

Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 6:00pm

Hosted by BYU Museum of Art (Provo)

Seasons, Cycles & Sequences: Capturing Time and Change in Art

Come and explore the multisensory, kinetic, and interactive artwork “We Revolve Ceaseless”, by Aundrea Frahm and take part in art-making workshops that explore themes related to time and transformation. Also featured this Evening will be the clever, delightsome conceptual art of Nina Katchadourian in the Museum's newest exhibition, "Curiouser".


Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 5:30pm

Hosted by St. George Art Museum (St. George)

Reclaimed Creations

Join us as we focus on the reuse of materials to create fine art with inspiration from Japanese artist Sayaka Ganz. Educators will participate in a guided gallery tour of the beautiful recycled animals and a hands-on workshop where they will find inspiration to take back to their classrooms to create recycled art.


Check out our free online lesson plans

If you need to exchange your relicensure points for semester credit and have attended a minimum of 5 Evenings this school year, please download, complete, and return the following field test:  Field Test Form

Please email any questions to Leslie Gleaves at smateacherprograms@springville.org