Evenings for Educators
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.
*** If you do not have a MIDAS account, please contact Elena Free at EFree@Springville.org to pre-register. ***
Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Springville Museum of Art (Springville)
The Fairbanks Family: A Model of Art, Science, and Industry
The Fairbanks Family: An American Art Dynasty celebrates generations of artists in the Fairbanks Family, and their contributions to Utah, American, and international art. Descendants of the Fairbanks family have continued the tradition of excellence in the arts as professional painters, sculptors, curators, scientists, and educators. Join us at the Springville Museum of Art for an Evening to explore the intersection of art, science, and industry through a keynote address, hands-on artmaking workshops, and lesson plans.
Registration closes at midnight on September 19, 2023.
Thursday, October 12, 2023
BYU Museum of Art (Provo)
Primal Forces: Earth
While quilts often evoke a sense of comfort, warmth, and safety, we rarely consider the forceful processes required to create them. Like the actions that form and re-form our planet, quilts are created through brutal means—in the case of a quilt, material is cut or torn, pinned, pierced by needle and thread, worked, and reworked by the artist until an aesthetic object is formed. Primal Forces: Earth explores both the inherent and human-mediated forces that impact the earth on which we live, all through the medium of textiles. Come learn how art quilts can be used in cross-curricular lessons adaptable for different grades!
Registration closes at midnight on October 11, 2023.
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Utah Museum of Fine Arts (Salt Lake City)
Symbols of Family
Explore the UMFA’s collections and special exhibit Tatau: Marks of Polynesia to dive deeper into understanding the varied symbols of family. Families come in many forms and can be biological and/or chosen. Understand students better by understanding their situations and how they thrive in a family, while making your classroom its own sort of family.
This evening will include community members sharing their personal connections to Tatau: Marks of Polynesia before participants spend time finding their own art connections. We’ll finish the night with a special hands-on activity led by Esmeralda Torres, introducing us to the wonderful world of cacao and her heritage from Chiapas, Mexico.
**It is highly encouraged to participate in person for this event to have the full hands-on experience.
Registration closes at midnight on October 24, 2023.
Thursday, December 7, 2023
Kimball Art Center (Park City)
The Gifts of Connection
Join us in Park City and see how community and storytelling come together in our newest exhibition: Lee Mingwei: The Gifts of Connection, on view November 17th, 2023 - March 18th, 2024. Learn from local artists and educators while we explore how art facilitates the sharing of stories, healing and change. The evening will consist of refreshments, a tour of the gallery, educational materials and hands-on workshops.
Registration closes at midnight on December 6, 2023.
Thursday, January 11, 2024
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (Logan)
Facing Fire: Using Art to Fire Up Your Classroom!
Fire as an omen, elemental force, metaphor, and searing personal experience—these are the subjects explored by the artists of Facing Fire in the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art’s fall exhibition. The artists of Facing Fire bring us incendiary work from active fire lines and psychic burn zones. They face fire, sift its aftermath, and struggle with the implications. Use the imagery from fire to create poetry, meaning, and memory.
Registration closes at midnight on January 10, 2024.
Wednesday, January 31, 2024
UVU Roots of Knowledge (Orem)
Finding Home Through Art
How do you define home? Is it a structure? A feeling? How do people throughout the world answer these questions? Join us at Utah Valley University’s Roots of Knowledge installation to examine different definitions of home via our stained-glass windows and hands-on art workshops. Learn how to use art making and other multimodel activities as entry points for students to explore their feelings about belonging, place, and community.
Registration closes at midnight on January 30, 2024.
Friday, February 8, 2024
Southern Utah Museum of Art, SUU (Cedar City)
From Blueprint to Experience: Deconstructing Brutalist ArchitectureEmbark on an extraordinary journey through the captivating world of Brutalist architecture as SUMA’s museum educators facilitate meaningful discussion, interpretation, and application as it relates to the exhibition BRUTAL D.C. Delve into the bold and awe-inspiring structures that defined an era, showcasing the raw beauty and unapologetic functionality of Brutalist design. Together we will discover the unique stories behind these monumental creations, from towering government buildings to striking university campuses. Then we’ll take learned concepts into practice through our hands-on activity that focuses on how form communicates function.
Registration closes at midnight on February 7, 2024.
Thursday, February 22, 2024
BYU Museum of Art (Provo)
Spain and the Hispanic World: Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum and Library
España y el Mundo Hispánico: Tesoros del Museo y Biblioteca de la Hispanic Society
A 4,000-year-old earthenware bowl. A mosaic head of Medusa weighing more than 100 pounds. A tenth-century container carved to include Islamic history. An eighteenth-century writing cabinet. A 100-year-old oil painting from Spain. What do these objects all have in common? Whether ancient or modern, east or west of the Atlantic Ocean, each of these treasures comes from the Hispanic World. Come learn more about how objects like these can be creatively incorporated into teaching art and other core curriculum.
Registration closes at midnight on February 21, 2024.
Thursday, March 7, 2024
SWAP in Partnership with UAEA Spring Conference (Moab)
Join the StateWide Art Partnership for an evening of hands-on workshops and art-making demonstrations to kick off the 2024 UAEA Annual Conference in its new location, Moab. Learn from experienced educators and artists while networking and socializing with arts educators from across the state.
Registration closes at midnight the Friday before the Evening.
Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Springville Museum of Art (Springville)
Inherit: Examining Lineage and Legacy
What have you inherited from family, community, land, or environment? Join the Springville Museum of Art as we explore the ideas of inheritance, lineage, and legacy with contemporary artists from the US, the UK, and Ireland. Through a keynote address and hands-on artmaking workshops, we’ll find ways to help Utah students connect with their own lineage and legacy.
Registration closes at midnight on March 12, 2024.
Thursday, March 21, 2024
Weber State University (Ogden)
What Ties Us Together
Join us for an evening of site-specific art experiences where we will explore whatties us together — weaving materials through place, time, and memory. Inspired by the Gail Grinnell exhibit at the WSU Shaw Gallery, this FREE event will feature hands-on workshops providing K-12 educators with ideas and resources for collaborative artmaking in their classrooms. This event is presented by the Weber State University Arts Learning Collaborative.
Registration closes at midnight on March 20, 2024.
Monday, April 17, 2024
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (Salt Lake City)
Tour UMOCA’s exhibitions What Sustains and As the Lake Fades to better sustain our mental health, students’ end-of-year stamina, and our planet. World renowned artist and researcher Nine Elder helps us teach environmentalism with hope, creativity, and honesty.
Registration closes at midnight on Sunday April 16, 2024.
For questions or more information, please contact Elena Free at EFree@Springville.org or (801) 491-5714