Utah Inclusive Arts Festival

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Utah Inclusive Arts Festival 2017-05-19T18:36:34+00:00

Saturday, May 20

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex, Tanner Dance

1721 Campus Center Drive

Salt Lake City, UT

Participation Fee: $5 for each adult and child.

Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire event. 

Online registration is now closed. Please register in person at the festival between 8:30 and 9:00 am. 

The third annual Utah Inclusive Arts Festival will take place Saturday, May 20 at the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex. The festival is designed to promote arts integration in the schools and in the community, and to build bridges of success for individuals with disabilities.

Every child and adult deserves to experience the joy of dancing, acting, making music, and creating new works of art. Families, friends and educators participate alongside individuals with disabilities, creating a truly integrated environment. Everyone becomes a performer, exploring shape, rhythm, and qualities of movement. Everyone learns about the elements of music through singing, playing instruments, and developmental play. Everyone creates performance pieces that expresses their individuality and contributes to a larger effort. These pieces are shared in a culminating performance that includes guest artists from local schools.

Our vision is for the Utah Inclusive Arts Festival to be a yearly celebration of diversity, inclusion, arts, and education. To make art is an essential human experience. To make art alongside children and adults with disabilities is a profoundly moving, joyful, and uplifting experience. Join us as we look to the future, creating life long memories and building bridges through the arts.

Other events during the festival:

Roundtable Discussion for community leaders 5-6 PM on Thursday, May 18 (Contact utahiaf@gmail.com to join)
Educator Workshop 4-6 PM on Friday, May 19 SAEC 1145

Educators will receive a full 1 USOE credit/7 hours if they attend the event, as well as an educator workshop on Friday, May 19 from 4:00-6:00 pm at the BTSAEC. Register for the  workshop via ontrack for $25 (course number 64721).


Festival Presenters:

Cassie Bringhurst is a board certified music therapist who serves children with special needs. Cassie graduated from Utah State University and finished her internship at Primary Children’s Hospital. Cassie is currently working for Harmony Music Therapy using music to promote growth and success in children and adults with special needs.

Autumn Montgomery has been the music teacher at Thunder Ridge Elementary for 4 years where she directs the school choir and helps put on a school musical every year. She recently added the Beverly Taylor Arts Learning Program to her school and started teaching at Horizon school and A-tec once a week. She has her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Southern Utah University.

Ashley Boyack has been a Dance Specialist for over 25 years. She teaches at Redwood Elementary, Tanner Dance, Brigham Young University and for the Utah State Board of Education. She considers sharing the love of dance with others as a joy and delight.

Seth Pendergast is a PhD candidate in Music Education at the University of Utah. He has extensive experience working with elementary and secondary students in both the Choral and General music classroom.

Ashley Anderson is an artist and educator who has worked with disabled students for the past decades including: the HMS School for Cerebral Palsy, Salt Lake City School District, the UIAF, and Tanner Dance. She is also a recipient of the 2014 Mayor’s Award for Service to the Performing Arts and runs loveDANCEmore community dance events.

Blaine Taylor is a veteran teacher of 25 years at Utah School of the Deaf. He has worked with all ages of students Preschool through High school. BT, as he is affectionately called by his students, loves incorporating the visual arts into all areas of the curriculum.


For questions or special requests, please contact utahiaf@gmail.com.