As schools prepare to implement the Utah Core Standards, many teachers and school administrators struggle to find creative teaching methods. Brigham Young University’s annual Arts Express conference aims to remedy this situation by helping them to integrate arts into core classes.

The annual Arts Express, presented by the BYU ARTS Partnership, is a two-day event designed to increase teachers’ ability to teach the arts—dance, drama, media, music, and visual arts—and to integrate arts experiences with curricular subjects. The conference offers classroom teachers, administrators, and parents opportunities to enrich their teaching with arts instruction and integration.

The keynote speaker for this conference will be Erik Cork, creator of the workshop “Rap, Rhythm & Rhyme: Rebuilding the Writing Foundation.” Cork is a former writing instructor for the University of Houston’s BRIDGE and MESET (Minority Enrichment Summer Engineering Training) programs, as well as a former writer-in-residence for the nationally–acclaimed WITS (Writers-In-The-Schools) organization.

“We want the greatest number of children to understand the core curriculum material the first time,” said Doug Allen, the BYU Arts Bridge Coordinator. “We can do this through art to enhance instruction of other subjects. Art helps teachers cement coursework quickly and helps children recall easily.”

This year’s event, “Illuminate the Core,” will take place on June 11 and June 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event will consist of speakers, breakout sessions, and a concert. At the conclusion of the first day, a featured guest artist will perform. Past artists have included Jon Schmidt and ~AirFare~, a clarinet and flute duo. Breakout sessions will involve music, dance, art, drama, and media classes, generally focused on arts integration.

The cost of Arts Express is $45.00 for the public and $25.00 for undergraduate university students. The conference will be held at Oak Canyon Jr. High School in Lindon, UT.

The BYU ARTS Partnership includes BYU’s David O. McKay School of Education and College of Fine Arts and Communications in a joint effort to help all children benefit from an education that provides for academic excellence, social competence, and personal expression through experience with the arts.

The ARTS Partnership helps teachers to develop children’s arts skills at an early age and thus to enhance critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication—all recognized as essential 21st century workforce skills by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills The Arts Express will show teachers how to implement arts education into core curriculum to enhance these skills.

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