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 

*(Must be in the same school year.)



Registration will be through MIDAS. 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 2018-19 Schedule


2018-2019 Schedule for Evenings for Educators:


Friday, September 7, 2018 @ 6:00pm

Hosted by Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (SLC)

City Spaces & Everyday Life

Join us to explore how humans interact with urban architecture and public spaces. What are ways that we can design city spaces that will nurture healthy and inclusive communities? For this event, UMOCA's current exhibitions will inspire connections to the classroom in social studies, history, architecture, and of course, art! Experience hands-on workshops designed and led by local school teachers.


Click below to pre-register, search by MIDAS Course No. 41621, click Register, choose Section 1


Wednesday, September 19, 2018 @ 6:00pm

Hosted by Springville Museum of Art (Springville)

Roots & Branches: Identity and Family History

Delve into the new contemporary exhibition, Roots and Branches, as we explore the influence of family history on personal identity. Participate in a guided tour and interactive workshops.


Click below to pre-register, search by MIDAS Course No. 41621, click Register, choose Section 2


Wednesday, September 26, 2018 @ 6:00pm

Hosted by Southern Utah Museum of Art (Cedar City)

Eyes and Flowers and Thorns, Oh My! The Work of James Surls

Based on an exhibition featuring the work of American sculptor, James Surls, we will be highlighting activities from public programs, as well as showcasing an interactive space in the gallery. Elementary and secondary teachers will be separated into grade-level workshops to participate in hands-on projects that will explore art and science integration. The projects will connect Surls' sculpture with motifs found throughout nature.


Click below to pre-register, search by MIDAS Course No. 41621, click Register, choose Section 3


Thursday, October 3, 2018 @ 6:00pm

Hosted by BYU Museum of Art (Provo)

You Can Draw! Fun and Accessible Drawing Techniques for All Ages

This Evening is all about line—a fundamental element of art. Start with a tour of Lasting Impressions, our new exhibition of Carl Bloch's masterful etchings and drawings. Experience an engaging keynote address by Utah-based artists Cassandra Barney and Brian Kershisnik on their unique approaches to drawing. Then attend their individual workshops to learn fun and simple drawing techniques designed to help you and your students discover that everyone can draw! Refreshments will be served. 


Click below to pre-register, search by MIDAS Course No. 41621, click Register, choose Section 4


Friday, October 26, 2018 @ 4:00pm

Hosted by Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (Logan)

Art on the Edge: Exploring Materials in a New Way

Celebrate the re-opening of the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art by exploring the new exhibition, Collecting on the Edge, featuring work by 172 artists. This hands-on workshop will use the Museum's art collections and exhibitions to introduce new ways of thinking about your arts curriculum and strategies for developing art projects for the K-12 classroom. 


Click below to pre-register, search by MIDAS Course No. 41621, click Register, choose Section 5


Thursday, November 29, 2018 @ 5:30pm

Hosted by Utah Museum of Fine Arts (SLC)

Celebrating Women in the Arts


Click below to pre-register, search by MIDAS Course No. 41621, click Register, choose Section 6


Thursday, February 7, 2019 @ 6:00pm

Hosted by BYU Museum of Art (Provo)

Nature Transformed: The Art of Patrick Dougherty and Danae Mattes

Marvel at artworks by Patrick Dougherty and Danae Mattes. Dougherty's grand installations, made from thousands of interwoven tree saplings, celebrate the repetitive toil of agrarian life and the Zen of handcrafted workmanship. Danae Mattes' evaporation pools elicit the deep connection we feel with nature's most essential, life-giving element—water. In the workshops, you will discover ways to mold nature's bounteous materials into new and captivating art forms.


Click below to pre-register, search by MIDAS Course No. 41621, click Register, choose Section 7


Friday, February 22, 2019 @ 6:00pm

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

3D: Constructing a Love for Art

Come be inspired by sculpture as we consider how three-dimensional art occupies real space. Feel its weight and texture as we interact with it and discover the obsession of expression through new processes. Join us as we learn to notice things that haven't been noticed before.


Click below to pre-register, search by MIDAS Course No. 41621, click Register, choose Section 8


New Location

Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 5:30pm

Hosted by Shaw Gallery / Weber State University Arts Learning Collaborative (Ogden)

Floating in Space: Creating Positive and Negative Shapes with Simple Materials 

In connection with the exhibition Yasuaki Onishi: Reverse of Volume, we will explore the concepts of space, shape, form, and weight. In his installation, Onishi uses the simplest materials—plastic sheeting and black hot glue—to create a monumental, mountainous form that appears to float in space. Shaw Gallery Director Lydia Gravis will introduce the exhibition, and K-12 educators will participate in hands-on workshops exploring how visual arts can be used to shape learning in the classroom. 


Click below to pre-register, search by MIDAS Course No. 41621, click Register, choose Section 9


Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 6:00pm

Hosted by Springville Museum of Art (Springville)

Magic & Machine: Exploring Imagination in Art

Consider the variety of approaches used by artists to express the fantastical. Rotate through workshops with local artists and experience imagination through diverse genres and styles. 


Click below to pre-register, search by MIDAS Course No. 41621, click Register, choose Section 10


New Location

Thursday, April 25, 2019 @ 6:00pm

Hosted by Kimball Art Center (Park City)

Zhi Lin: "Chinaman's Chance" on Promontory Summit

The contribution—and sacrifice—of the Chinese workers who built our nation's transcontinental railroads has often been overlooked. Internationally acclaimed artist Zhi Lin refocuses our attention on this lost history in an important exhibition presented during the sesquicentennial of the Golden Spike. Join us for an opportunity to explore Lin's work through teacher-led art workshops, relevant lesson plans, and a guided gallery tour. 


Click below to pre-register, search by MIDAS Course No. 41621, click Register, choose Section 11