Learn What Art Museums Can Do for Your School

Session 4: Grades K–6

U of U MFA museum staff and Springville Art Museum staff will share information about being a resource for teachers, students and your school!


Springville Museum of Art

The Springville Museum of Art’s outreach program, Art Talks, is one of the Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS) and is funded by the Utah State Legislature through the Utah State Office of Education (USOE). For this reason, Art Talks is free for every school in the state of Utah.  Both elementary and middle level programs invite students and teachers to look closely at artworks using an inquiry-based approach. 

Rachel Stratford

Rachel Stratford is the Museum Educator over Outreach and Elementary Programs at the Springville Museum of Art.  She has been involved with Art Talks for 5 years now. Rachel has a BA in Art Education from Brigham Young University.





Utah Museum of Fine Art

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts’ K–12 School Programs use authentic art objects and artifacts as primary teaching and discovery tools that empower students to illuminate global ideas from past and present. Each program, integrated into the Utah Core Standards, is question-based, and focuses on close observation, hands-on making, and interacting with art that provides a window into history, media, artistic traditions, and cultures; ultimately emphasizing the importance of students’ personal connections and generating their own ideas. In this session, learn about UMFA's free K–12 programs available to teachers and students across the state of Utah and how to incorporate object-centered learning into your classroom. 

Annie Burbidge Ream

Serving as Assistant Curator of Education, Annie Burbidge Ream oversees the administration of school programs and statewide outreach, including planning, statistics, and reporting; curricular development of the pARTners program; curation of the Traveling Museum Project; and manages the Education Collection. In addition, Annie teaches in K–12 classrooms utilizing UMFA objects and resources to create hands-on, question-based experiences for teachers and students across the state of Utah, as well as docent trainings emphasizing the importance of experiential learning. Annie approaches her work with the philosophy that art is for everyone and with goals to assist in the development of visual literacy and cultivate critical thinking, creativity, and curiosity. Annie has a deep love for American Art after 1960, especially Land art, and can often be found exploring sites across the West.