POPS
POPS
Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools

POPS COMPANIES

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Pas de Deux or partner with Ballet West to provide students with exposure to the art form of ballet. Programs offered include the I Can Do program for 5th graders, free student matinees, in school performances, and first looks for secondary students.

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Plan-B's Free Elementary School Tour provides free in-school performances of new plays created by Utah playwrights specifically for K-6 students, playwriting curriculum and an online script library. (FREE)

"Your assembly is the best we've ever had. Often assemblies do not include performers who are representative of our student body, and they are difficult for our students to comprehend (meaning the performers do not scaffold enough). We loved your assembly. It is the perfect length, highly engaging, it involves students emotionally and physically and it is bi-lingual. It is the first bi-lingual assembly we have ever had. And the performers are diverse and representative." Nicole O'Brien, Principal

Description: Bring Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company to perform and teach at your school. This Salt Lake City based company provides dance opportunities in all rural and urban areas of the state of Utah. Ririe-Woodbury's offerings include;

  • Performance Demonstrations/Assemblies in Schools – interactive performances illustrating the elements of dance (K-6, middle, and high schools)

  • Residencies: Kids in Motion (elementary), High school choreography (middle and high school) – in-depth education programs

  • Onsite (theater venues) Performances – free-of-charge performances for students, includes commentary

  • Young Artists In Motion – an advanced training program designed for aspiring middle and high school students

  • Workshops: Creative movement classes for all grade levels, Teacher Workshop, Parent/Child events, Choreography, Contemporary Dance Master Classes

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“Our already imaginative 2nd graders blossomed as they learned to express themselves through dance. We believe Tanner Dance has a lasting impact on the lives of the students involved and on the culture and climate of the school.” -Amber Clayton, Principal

Partner with Tanner Dance and you can provide a highly qualified dance educator to teach in your school through their side-by- side residency program. Or expose students to dance through free school matinees, lecture demonstrations and professional development for teachers.

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“I believe your dance performance reiterated the importance of incorporating physical activity throughout the students’ school day. Your dancers modeled easy exercises that could be done in their classrooms. We hope to have [RDT] come again in the future.”

Since 1966, RDT has been committed to finding ways to engage young audiences with movement activities and performances that serve to train and ignite the creative voice in people of all ages. RDT's commitment to arts in education enriches young lives and allows students to experience the joy of living through dance. RDT's AIE programs encourage teachers and students to integrate movement into the learning and teaching process to help them achieve intended learning outcomes in all state standards for education. RDT offers assemblies, movement classes, choreography, performances, teacher workshops and in-house workshops at the Rose Wagner for students and teachers across the state of Utah.

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UMOCA’s K-12 education programs invite curiosity and offer opportunities to engage in hands-on art-making activities and explore the role of art in our lives and communities.

One of our most popular programs, the Art Truck brings exciting and accessible contemporary art, created by leading local and national artists, directly to schools and community venues across the state free of charge. Each on-site Art Truck visit includes the expertise of a trained museum art educator who leads students through a meaningful exploration of the current exhibition. Teachers are provided with a structured guide to help incorporate Art Truck lessons into their curriculum.

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Team up with the Utah Film Center and feed your students interests in media arts and provide your teachers with tools for engagement while simultaneously supporting state arts and content core standards. The Utah Film Center programs enhance students’ media literacy skills while studying filmmaking, documentaries, animation, virtual reality and augmented reality. Workshops also help educators implement filmmaking projects in their classroom.

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“Great information which was presented in a language that young students could really understand. The hands-on (or should I say feet-on) activities were great, too, as it involved almost all students participation. This really held their interest.” - Jenson Middle School teacher

Spy Hop’s Statewide In-School Programs are designed to inspire students and teachers through unduplicated and impactful digital arts curriculum. Inspire students through media arts by inviting Spy Hop’s artists to present Media Arts Shorts, Intensives and Assemblies. Spy Hop’s services introduce students to the language and concepts of media arts (audio/music, film/animation, video game design) through an interactive experience. Programs are designed to introduce young people to concepts of media arts in film, audio, and design and encourage engagement in STEAM focused subjects.

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“The opera process combines all the core and standards like no other project could have and taught them the way this opera did. This is something they will take with them their entire life. This isn’t just learning, teaching or guiding. Opera by Children is an experience that I’m not willing to trade. It is really something every student should experience!” – Elementary School Teacher

  • Opera by Children – students create original operas; including original story, scenery, music and lyrics which go right to the original staging and performance premiere.

  • Professional development workshops for educators are presented around the state and in Logan home office space. Request workshops for your area.

  • Festival Academy – adult education courses covering a variety of topics connecting the season offerings by industry professionals

  • Dress Rehearsals and Performances – tickets made available to special needs community members and Opera by Children, UHSMTA, and Songwriter participants, as well as educator and student discounts.

  • Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards – all participating high school musical productions are adjudicated and the top ten nominated performers and productions participate in the awards presentation. All high schools are invited to participate in day of event workshops, performance mentoring, and the evening production.

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“The artists that visited us were wonderful. They did a superb job with their performances and related to the students very well. The presentation was very well done and was enjoyed by students and staff.” – Elementary School Principal

With services for both secondary and elementary schools, the Utah Opera is another fantastic option for a partner organization. Traveling assemblies, free performances, classroom demonstrations, and professional development for teachers are all services available through Utah Opera.

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The Utah Symphony provides a traveling orchestra (45 to 50 musicians) to play in schools with large or small auditoriums. Teachers receive supplementary resources and activities to help students prepare for their participation as viewers. Secondary schools may invite orchestra members to participate in class activities such as sectionals and rehearsals. Re- licensure points and discounted tickets are also available for educators for attending pre-concert lectures.

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Since its founding in 1982, the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (NEHMA) at Utah State University has grown into a thriving modern and contemporary art museum. With a collection of more than 5,000 pieces, the museum explores the art of the American West during the 20th and 21st centuries. NEHMA's in-house programming includes a Junior Curator program for middle school students and an interactive STEAM-based fifth grade experience. NEHMA is pleased to offer educational tours and programming for K-12 classrooms anywhere in the state of Utah with its Mobile Art Truck. The NEHMA Mobile Art Truck programming includes a pop-up gallery of actual artworks from the museum’s study collection as well as outstanding art making activities for students.


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“The teachers were very professional and very prepared. I didn’t have to do anything except give them the schedules and maps and they were able to do everything else themselves. The kids LOVED what they learned and have been approaching me this whole week to tell me how awesome it was and what they learned.” – Elementary School Teacher

Choose from three visual arts programs offered by the Springville Museum of Art: Studio Experience K-6th (educators lead students through abstract art activity or gesture drawing exercise), Kid Curator Experience 3rd-6th (educators lead students through main idea and curation exercise using postcard images from the museum’s permanent collection), Exploring Self Experience 7th-9th (educators lead students in discussion of identity and sketch exercises), Faculty PD (teachers receive art resources and training on how to implement them in the classroom). All services offered occur at your school, no buses required.

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“[The presentation] was well scaffolded and so closely tied to the core that it didn’t feel separate from work we are doing in the classroom.” – Lisa DeFrance, Elementary School Teacher

UMFA school programs bring hands-on arts integration to educators and schools across the state of Utah. We host guided or self-guided Museum tours for K–12 students and deliver thematic museum objects and art activities to your classes. We also offer a wide array of educator resources to enhance classroom experiences.

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Utah Shakespeare Festival provides summer camps for students and workshops for teachers interested in implementing Shakespeare and Drama into their classroom (elementary and secondary). Resources for studying Shakespeare plays are also available.