From the Heart Of Africa: Interpreting Wisdom Through Art, Dance, and Music

Sessions 4 & 5: Grades K-6

This session is based on the beautiful book "From the Heart of Africa: A Book of Wisdom" by Eric Walters. Come explore simple and universal aphorisms from the places in which they originated in Africa. We will interpret these sayings through art, dance, and music.


Cindy ClarkCindy Clark

Cindy L. Clark loves teaching, creating, learning, reading, hiking, and being a gramma. She has been recognized as outstanding art educator for Utah, received the Arthur Watkins award as educator of the year, received a national endowment for the arts scholarship, and been selected for many other awards. She has been arts specialist for Alpine School District, where she worked with elementary schools, including their principals, to integrate dance, drama, music, and visual arts into classrooms.

A veteran teacher, she taught advanced placement art at Orem High for 23 years and junior high art as well.  She has been an adjunct professor at UVU and BYU and also  a student teaching supervisor. In addition, she works with the Beverly Taylor Sorenson arts program at BYU.  


Miriam Bowen

Miriam believes that all children are born with the need to move and capacity to create. Creative dance is an enriching way of expressing the creations of the heart, mind, body and soul. It serves to develop and strengthen every facet of a child's life. Miriam taught for over 25 years at Brigham Young University in the Children's Creative Dance program. She taught at the third and sixth national daCi conference and many Utah daCi Days of Dance. She is currently teaching as a Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Specialist at Reagan Academy, and at The Dancing Child Studio.



purdyJennifer Purdy

Jennifer Purdy works for BYU and Westminster College as a Professional Development Partner in the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program. In 2018 she was awarded Elementary Music Educator of the Year by the Utah Music Educators Association, and in 2014 she was named Salt Lake School District’s Outstanding Arts Educator of the Year. She specializes in arts curriculum development and integration with classroom core subjects. She has instructed pre-service elementary teachers at Westminster, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and Utah State University. Jen currently teaches a music class as part of the Arts Engage series at Utah Valley University and is an instructor for the graduate-level Arts Integration Endorsement class at BYU. She teaches workshops around the state on how to utilize the arts in elementary school classrooms.