Arts Education


Arts education and learning are vital to the development of creative, well-rounded, independent thinkers. An ideal arts education curriculum for children and youth consists of the literary arts, dance, folk arts, theater, music, storytelling, media and visual arts in ongoing, sequential instruction from kindergarten through grade 12.

Beyond the classroom, arts learning enriches the lives of people of all ages, and is a vital means to strengthen communities, encourage cultural and generational engagement, stimulate economic activity, and enrich the lives of individuals of all ages.

Through the arts, we aid in nurturing intelligent, capable, compassionate individuals who will be tomorrow’s artists, arts patrons, innovators, creatives, and engaged citizens.

Arts Education Programs

UA&M offers many arts education programs and resources to support Utah educators, teaching artists, and learners. Here are just a few.

Sign up for our Arts Ed newsletter, as well as our other agency newsletters, at this link

Our Teaching Artist Roster and Native American Teaching Roster are excellent resources for connecting qualified teaching artists learners statewide. All artists on these rosters have been officially reviewed for artistic and educational excellence. Visit the teaching artist page to learn more engaging these artists for your learning event or applying to join the roster.

The UA&M arts education program offers several funding opportunities aimed specifically at fostering arts learning activities in Utah.

  • FREE folk arts workshops for your school or community group - New for our 2024 fiscal year ONLY! Ends June 2024.
  • Teacher Initiated Project (Tip) grants
  • Arts Education Professional Development Sponsorships
  • Collaborative Arts Education Projects (CAEP)
  • Utah PTA Arts Education Grants

Find out more on our funding opportunities page.

We administer the Utah championships for the national Poetry Out Loud poetry reciting competition, as well as our own Poetry Ourselves writing competition for Utah high schoolers. To learn more about these exciting opportunities check out our Poetry Out Loud page.

We also offer an extensive toolkit with links to lesson plans, curriculum development information, and funding sources to help you strengthen your school arts programs.

Our online resources page has even more great material for arts learning from anywhere.

Find out what else we've been up to on our Look Who's Been Making Art page.

Technical Assistance Outreach

Our staff provides technical assistance to schools and organizations interested in applying for grant funding, developing arts education plans for their sites, identifying potential artists, locating resources, and obtaining guidance on how to inform stakeholders about the importance of arts education. Please call 801.979.3651 to schedule an appointment.

Contact Our Team

Do you have questions about these programs or any other arts learning related activities? Feel free to reach out to us!

Jean Tokuda Irwin, Arts Education Manager -

Justin Ivie, Arts Education Coordinator -

Elisha Condie, Arts Education Assistant -


Jean Tokuda Irwin
Arts Education Manager

Justin Ivie
Arts Education Coordinator