The Utah Partnership
for Arts Education
A unified voice for arts education across the state of Utah.
The Utah Partnership for Arts Education (UPAE) is a partnership between professional arts education organizations in Utah. Created to strengthen the voice for arts education in schools, the Utah Art Education Association (UAEA), Utah Music Educators Association (UMEA), Utah Dance Education Association (UDEO), and Utah Advisory Council of Theatre Teachers (UACTT) have banded together to be a collective voice of advocacy for arts education and to launch the Arts for Life Utah initiative.
In 2018 the presidents of UAEA, UDEO, UMEA, and UACTT were invited by the BYU ARTS Partnership to collaborate on and contribute to the production of an arts advocacy resource for public school administrators and arts educators. Together each president worked with their board and organization to create materials for “Building an Arts-Rich School." Each organization provided the following resources for their art- respective art form:
Indicators of a quality educational arts program
Logistical considerations to support arts programs
Tips and considerations for hiring highly qualified arts educators
Strategies for supporting arts educators through professional development
Clarifications on the differences between competition and adjudication
As the organization presidents and the BYU ARTS Partnership worked on "Building an Arts-Rich School" they witnessed the strength of their shared collaboration. Determined to keep the momentum going, they created the Utah Partnership for Arts Education. Together the presidents of these organizations determined the mission of the Utah Partnership for Arts Education would include two purposes: to be a collective voice of advocacy for arts education and to launch the Arts for Life initiative.
Each of the founding members committed to attend one another's professional development conferences and participate in a panel discussion on the Arts for Life Utah initiative. Each conference, and the Learning Edge Conference for Administrators, received a full panel of four representatives. Moderated by the BYU ARTS Partnership director and oversaw by the respective president, each session has been fruitful and received with enthusiasm. After a year of visiting conferences, it was agreed that an Arts for Life themed session should become a staple session for each future conference.
As presidents of each organization have passed their title to incoming leadership within their organization, new members have joined the leadership of the Utah Partnership for Arts Education. Each organization is committed to meeting bi-annually and advertising the Arts for Life Utah initiative on its websites as well as contributing to the maintenance of this website.