Workshop Descriptions

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 has been a music educator for over 30 years and believes it's the happiest job in the world. She has endorsements in Kodaly and Orff and currently teaches music at Highland Park Elementary in Salt Lake School District. In April 2014 she was named the district's Outstanding Arts and Education Educator of the Year. She also works as a professional development partner (PDP) for BYU in their ARTS Partnership program and in the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program where she specializes in music curriculum development and integration with classroom core subjects. For the last seven years Jen has been a composer-consultant for Utah Opera Company and writes original operas with elementary school children. Jennifer loves jazz, plays the piano in a swing band, and is passionate about advocating for elementary school arts programs.