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CompanyContactSchool LevelSubject MatterCategoryTopicQualificationsVideo LinkFeeNotes
ARTS Inc.Jay Nygard
(801) 328-3883
Website Link
ElementaryMusic, Dance, Art, Drama, Film and Media, Cultural ExperiencePresenterArtsAll performers are vetted through the board and Artistic Committee of A.R.T.S., Inc. Performance groups must audition before being selected. For the 60 years that we've been performing in Canyons District, we have always maintained the highest quality performance while being educational (including state core curriculum as programming is created) and entertaining. We are an approved organization to carry out programs to all schools throughout the state of Utah by the Utah State Board of Education.Video Link$200.00
Ballet WestPeter Christie
Website Link
Elementary1. I Can Do – Inspiring Children About Not Dropping Out

2. Ballet West Student In-Theatre Presentations

3. Ballet West for Children – In-school lectures/demonstrations
POPsDanceUT State Board of Education POPs contact listVideo LinkWorks with Sherri Jorgensen
Beverley Taylor SorensonWebsite LinkPOPsPerforming Arts
BYU Ballroom Dance801-422-3576
Website Link
Link to booking request form
Ballroom Dance Company, BYU Singers, Chamber Orchestra, Contemporary Dance Theatre, International Folk Dance Ensemble, Jazz Legacy, Living Legends, Men's Chorus, Mountain Strings, Noteworthy, Philharmonic Orchestra, Synthesis, Theatre Ballet, Vocal Point, Wind Symphony, Young Ambassadors
BYU Folk Dance "Traditionz"Amy Jex
Website Link
Elementary and MiddleCultural dance from all over the worldPresenterDanceDirector is a an assistant Professor of dance at BYU$300: 1 show
$560: 2 shows at one school
Chick-fil-A Dee Ill Balloon TeamHolly Curby (Contact)
Tim Taylor (Pilot)
Heather Jackman (Presenter)
Website Link
have a pilot and a hot air balloon land in our field and talk about science and how hot air balloons fly
Objective: to teach kids the Science behind what makes a 10-story building fly, to educate with fun and to share Chick-fil-A happiness and Joy
PresenterScienceI am an FAA Commercial L TA Pilot, Certified Flight Instructor, FAA Expert Consultant, with 35 years of L TA and 10 years of fixed wing starting at 14 as a Junior Cadet at the Air Force Academy. Former Olympic Athlete, Motivational and Sales trainer for 20 years. Video Link$0.003/22/23: Susan Edwards
Approved for balloon and crew to give science of hot air ballooning - no additional messaging. Full review in June 2023.

Time sensitive due to weather, ML

Approved 6/8/23 - Limited to STEM, not to be used for advertising, ML
Choose Gang Free/Metro GangAndrea Valez
Website Link
Gang prevention, resiliency and life skillsGoventitySafetyLaw enforcement Contracted providers with CSDCGF is approved; they can arrange for a variety of speakers
Clark Planetarium(385) 468-7827
Website Link
Clark Planetarium’s mission is is to inspire and engage curious minds by connecting people to the wonder of the universe.

We accomplish this by presenting our programs in an exciting and engaging way. Each year, more than 100,000 Utah school children receive high-quality astronomy and space science education through Clark Planetarium’s “AstroVan” outreach program and through in-Planetarium field trips. Special thanks to the State of Utah and the Utah State Board of Education. These Informal Science Education Enhancement (iSEE) funds cover the cost of field trips and school visits for Utah’s public and charter schools.

We invite you to take advantage of our educational resources to make your visit or classroom experience more meaningful.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the available materials.
Code Ninjas SandyJett Solis
Elementary and MiddleHelp educate the students on what code is and how code is in everything. Talk to them about what they can learn at our facility from coding-robotics-3D design, and more! PresenterCodingWe've been in multiple schools for stem nights, and week of code for Canyon View elm. We also have been in schools in bountiful and South Ogden for our other locations talking with parents and students along with the faculty about what we do and how we want to be a part of their school and community. $0.00Approved Partner, Spirit nights
Constituting AmericaAubrey Jackman
Website Link
HighTeaching the relevance of the U.S. Constitution and the principles of self-governance inherent in our founding documentsPresenterAcademic scholarships FOUNDING PRINCIPLES & CIVIC ENGAGEMENTBachelor’s Degree from Brigham Young University. Constituting America employee for 2 years. Former winner of Constituting America’s “We the Future” Scholarship Contest. Coaching, teaching etc. Reach & Impact$0.00
Corey the DribblerWhitney Aguilar
Website Link
Ready to Learn
Reading is Power
PresenterYouth Motivational SpeakerIncorporated in 1997. We are a woman-owned and small family business. We only represent the best! Our objective is to make learning fun, promoting education through quality entertainment.Video 1$795 to $4,100No other presenters with Academic Entertainment have been vetted or approved.
Cottonwood Heights PolicePresenterSafety
Cynthia Crosby (Author)Cynthia Crosby 316-249-6089 WebsiteElementaryThe presentations focuses on finding commonalities, appreciating differences, making friends, learning languages, writing books.PresenterAuthor, Introduction to Languages and Cultures for KidsMA-Teaching English as a Second Language (Northern AZ University), Children’s book author, Lived and traveled abroad, Parent to 4 kids. Here is the publisher's website My book is listed when you scroll toward the bottom of this page. They are a Canadian company if you aren't familiar already.$200 or 20 copies sold
Discovery Gateway (Potential Energy)Emilee King-ward
801-456-5437 ext.138
Website Link
Children's MuseumiSEEScience
Dr. Christy KaneChristy Kane
Website Link 1
Emotional empowerment
Better mental health
Digital citizenship and safety
Mental Health
Video Link
Draper Fire DepartmentPresenterSafety
Draper PolicePresenterSafety
Emily Inouye Huey Emily Inouye Huey
Website Link
Middle HighI am the author of a book called BENEATH THE WIDE SILK SKY, published by Scholastic. I am also a creative writing instructor at SLCC.AuthorAuthorship as a career pathStudents will gain a basic understanding of authorship as a career path.
Students will make connections about how their experiences could inspire a novel or other creative work, and of the powerful ways that writing can help them express their opinions and/or emotions.
Especially4AthletesDustin Smith and Brittany
Website Link
Leadership, Work ethic, Mental Health, Bullying, Cheating, Resilience, Competition and Suicide preventionPresenterInspire athletes to be the difference makers in their schoolsEndorsed by a list of UT schools. I have spoken to thousands of athletes, parents, programs and businesses abo4t these topics over the past 20 years. I work closely with mental health professionals, administt tors, and coaches in regards to the needs and challenges our youth face today. $200.00Make sure Brittany is included in communications
Every Brilliant Thing
UT Shakespeare Festival
Director, Katherine Norman
HighEvery Brilliant Thing is a one-person play that provides a framework, resources, and tools to prompt a positive and interactive discussion about suicide and depression. Suicide prevention awareness, in partnership with SafeUT, through theatrical performance of Every Brilliant Thing. Suicide prevention organizations, including SafeUT, will be directly referenced to students with mental health resources and suicide prevention organizations.POP'sSuicide PreventionThis educational tour is administered by a professional tour manager, stage manager, and actors educational accomplishments include graduate and undergraduate degrees as well as several years of professional theatrical experience.Video Link$0.00
Gina Bachauer International Piano FoundationJoanne Rowland
Website Link
ElementaryOrganization/international piano competitionPresenterMusicpresenting world class pianists together with a Steinway grand piano in elementary school programs for more than 30 years. Director of Education since 2011$0.00
Hale Center Theatre Story WeaversTianna Maxwell 801-984-9000 Website LinkElementary
The Story Weavers are a "troupe in a trunk" group that specialize in moral based story teaching, encoraging students to open their imagination, to critically think about stories and characters, and to get up on their feet and join the fun!PresenterTheatre for young audiencesWe are a professional group of storytellers from the Hale Center Theatre focusing on moral based story teaching through Theatre for Young Audiences. Our group have degrees or are working toward them and have gone through an auditioned process.Free to Title One schools,
else $250 per performance
Harriet Turk, LLC.Harriet Turk
Website Link
Elementary Middle HighMotivational speaker: Living a life of purpose; honoring and respecting yourself and helping others do the same, mental health and emotional support curriculum - Leadership and living authentically, alcohol/drug prevention (from the platform of always being drug free vs recovering) Eating disorders, bullying, why you must believe in yourself AND also do the work.PresenterMotivational
Mental Health
Video LinkVaries: dependent on # of presentations
Hawk Watch InternationalMelissa Halvorsen
w 801-484-6808 ext 102
c 801-865-8839 or
Website Link
Life Science - Birds:
Owls, Falcons, and/or Hawks and Eagles
iSEEScience50% discount to all Canyons elementary and middle schools
and free programs to Title I schools
One Bird: $50 first program/hour, $25 each additional program/hour
Two Birds: $75 first program/hour, $37.50 each additional program/hour
Three Birds: $100 first program/hour, $50 each additional program/hour
Eagle Program: $100 first program/hour, $50 each additional program/hour
Heather AndersonHeather Anderson
Substance abuse; "Just Say No" DARE; drug and alcohol preventionPresenterMotivationalFormer Miss Utah;
15 years of presenting in our schools on substance abuse and "just say no"
Hogle Zoo(801) 584-1700
Website Link
Link to outreach programsiSEE
Humane SocietyHaley Kroepfl
Caitlin Lisle
801-219-2919 ext. 269
Website Link
ElementaryTeach students why animal shelters are important and how to be safe around a new dog.PresenterAnimal shelter22 years combined animal welfare experience, 6 years humane education experience. Bachelors in Elementary education and Psychology.HSU Presentation Sample.mp4$0.00
Internet Crimes Against ChildrenMichelle Busch-Upwall
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Internet safety, sexting, human traffickingGoventitySafetyAgent w Atty General's Office
Jason HewlettJason Hewlett
Website Link
Not approved for assemblies. May be used for parent night ONLY.Family relations and leadership skillsPresenterMotivationalMotivational speaker; NSA (National Speaker Association)
Jason WrightJason Wright
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Using stories and a skit, he helps students understand the difference small moments of kindness can make over the course of a lifetime.AuthorKindness, Service, Empathy, Writing WorkshopsJason has presented in hundreds of schools around the country including dozens in Utah. He is a NYT bestselling author.
New York Times Bestselling Author, Creator, Speaker
Author of Christmas Jars, The Wednesday Letters, and more than a dozen other books.
What’s new? Even the Dog Knows — A Novel
Now barking at Amazon, BN, BAM, Target, Walmart,
IndieBound and traditional retailers everywhere.
Watch Christmas Jars – The Movie. Now streaming on Amazon.
Video LinkNegotiable
LanceAllred41Lance Allred
Website Link
Battling depression
Links of CourageBrandon Callor
Provide awareness of suicide and mental health in UT. Present strategies for suicide prevention in your community.PresenterSuicide PreventionMasters in Social Work, Board of Directors for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 20+ years experience as a forensic scientist and suicide prevention research at U of U.Slide deck by request$0.00
Little Beakers
Learning Science Labs 1, LLC
Vickie Hulderson
Chris Hulderson
Website Link
Elementary and MiddleHands-on, guided, science experiments for kids that includes: chemistry, physics, biology, etc. PresenterScienceAll presenters have degrees and/ or real life experience with the topics and materials included with each event. Video LinkVaries: dependent on the # of participants, # of sessions, and theme of event. Standard guided group events start at $6.50 per participant.Hands on Science, After school clubs, Parent night
Live Life Bigger Foundation
Smith Alley
Sally Alley<949-274-5866
Website Link
To address youth from a peer perspective about the harms of digital misuse and challenging them to "live life bigger"PresenterAnti bullying
Digital safety
Suicide prevention
Self worth
Smith Alley Has presented to over 300,000 youth and parents in the last 2 years. He speaks of his own story and experience as a "tech ninja" about how it cause problems in his life, how he reached out for help, and what he has learned from peers after sharing his story with youth around the country. He is trained in safe messaging for suicide prevention and is educated in SHARP data regarding risk factors and protective factors. You are not alone and we all struggle are his messages of hope. Please see speaking bio for other speaking event experience.Video 1$1,000.00
Love Hard Foundation (LYFT)Josh Downs
Website Link
Looking for ways to lift those around them, in small and simple ways each and every dayPresenterPositivity, Promoting acts of kindness5 years Certified Mental Performance Coach, 10 years teaching Seminary, 3 years motivational speaking. Board member of the LOVE HARD Foundation, a Utah 501c3 that is dedicated to helping teens graduate trauma free and as mentally healthy as possible. I share a story from personal experience where I was feeling pretty low during the thanksgiving season, and decided to, instead of staying in my pain and loneliness, to spend my thanksgiving taking pies with gift cards and thank you notes to gas station attendants throughout the valley, and it was the best thanksgiving of my life…I want to help kids see that the best way for them to lift themselves is to lift their fellow teens. I want them to see that there are those struggling all around them, that they are not alone in their struggles, and by lifting others, they will lift themselves.10 Min Video Clip$300.00Mental Health content needs to be vetted thru Dr. McGill.
Loveland Living Planet AquariumSam Dunaway
Website Link
Link to Rain Forest VaniSEEThey do school visits now instead of visiting the aquarium; check with them to see if assembly or classroom only
Mad ScienceLaurie Larsen
Website Link
ElementaryPrinciples of science literacy and learningPresenterScienceVideo Link$175: 1 show up to 120 students
$250: 1 assembly up to 400 students
$450: 2 assemblies back to back
Magic in LearningMike Hamilton
Elementary"Magic with a message" Strength & encouragement, Literacy, Drugs, Bullying, Personal & Cyber SafetyPresenterMagic
Major Brent Taylor Foundation Jennie Taylor
“The BT Five,” key principles to live by: Decision making Work ethic Relationship building Having and Inspiring Confidence Perseverance The main goal is to have the students reflect on their OWN stories, and think through the graduation advice THEY would give. We talk about the kind of advice you might give to your classmates, your future self, and even your family and friends—and making it the kind of advice that can outlast even the length of your own life. It’s an interactive presentation that can either take about an hour or a half/full day workshop, depending on time available and the preferred format. To have students consider what role they might play in the future of their community, state and country. We learn about history, government and military service in a way that makes all of the above relevant to the rising generation. If we are speaking of leadership: To help students recognize themselves as leaders, and to develop positive leadership qualities. With resilience we focus on the character traits and coping skills that help us face life's challenges.PresenterPatriotism/Military Service & Support; Leadership; ResilienceI have a bachelors in secondary education from BYU and an MEd from Utah State, and I do quite a bit of professional public speaking.

I have an MEd (USU'06) and am a new EdD student (U of U). I have spoken around the country over the past 5 years to a variety of audiences. I am an Army wife of 15 years, and now the surviving spouse of my late Soldier husband. I have a Pentagon appointment as the Civilian Aide to the Sec of the Army. I am the mother of 7 and believe in the rising generation.
Video $0
Marc Tyler NoblemanMarc Tyler Nobleman
My multi-disciplinary talk is a startling true story that showcases primary research (i.e. going beyond Googling!), Common Core nonfiction, social justice (i.e. distinguishing right from wrong, defending underdogs, etc.), character development (i.e. the importance of persistence, how to handle rejection), and even copyright/intellectual property. It ties in to multiple eras in history.AuthorOver the past 20 years, I've spoken at schools in 30+ states (including Utah) and a dozen countries from Peru to Vietnam. I've also run high-interest, high-impact writing/visual literacy/humor workshops for kids and given a TED Talk.Video$3,000 per day, Plus travel
Mountain ManScott Sorenson
4th grade
4th grade curriculum on early fur traders, mountain men and explorers in UT historyPresenterFur trade, mountain men, Native American tribes, and early UT HistoryBA in western U.S History and Native American studies from BYU. Performed this program over 5,000 times in schools all over the western U.S. for the past 30 years, expert on history of western mountain men$250.00
Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU)Bawden Glynis
Website Link
Link to Museum on the moveiSEE
Neal Shusterman - authorNeal Shusterman
Website Link
Answer student questions about published and upcoming books, the writing and publishing process, book to movie adaptations, etc...AuthorWriting & PublishingNY Times bestselling authorVideo Link$750 + Preorder
Net Positive Organization (formerly NetSmartz)Tanner Cole Parkinson
Website Link
Healthy Balance with Technology, Digital Habits, Cyberbullying, Protecting Private Information, Digital Footprint, Social Media, Online Predators, Talk to a trusted adult when you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable (elementary), Sexting (High)PresenterDigital SafetyVideo Link
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art(435) 797-0163
Katie Lee-Koven (Executive Director)
Shannon Erickson (Education Director)
Website Link
Schedule any of our free visual art programs by contacting or filling out the form on our website Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art - NEHMA | K-12 Teachers & Schools 1. K-12 museum tours that include age-appropriate discussions and onsite STEAM based artmaking activities. NEHMA assists with the cost of bus transportation to and from the museum. The museum is free to all who enter. 2. Junior Curators program for middle school and high school visits to the museum. Same as above for cost/bus transportation. 3. Mobile Art Truck - A free experience of our mini-museum on wheels which provides engagement with modern and contemporary art. Using visual art, we facilitate learning and promote dialogue about ideas important to the people of Utah. Students experience a hands-on artmaking experience with the Mobile Art Truck. 4. Exploring Art Kit - Receive a free art kit mailed to a teacher/grade level filled with posters from the NEHMA collection, lesson plans that are ready to teach, and some art-making supplies. 5. Online lessons and videos are also free at Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art - NEHMA| K-12 Teachers & SchoolsPOPSArt
Ogden Nature CenterStefanie Zwygart
(801) 621-7595
Website Link
Link to Outreach programsiSEE
One Revolution FoundationChris Waddell
We help students move beyond the labels and limitations that we put on ourselves and others to become the people that they want to be and to see others for their potential. Our leave behind is a Nametags sticker, on which the students write how they want the world to see them. Then they put this sticker someplace they will see it as a reminder. We also give them questions to ask themselves when they confront difficult situations.PresenterResilience, EmpowermentWe have done over one thousands presentations throughout the country and the world, some of which were supported by the State Department. Our presenters are successful Paralympic athletes, who not only had to confront life changing tragedies, but also found ways to perfect their craft, and have developed strong presentation skills.Video$1,500Thrive time compatable
Paul Brewer Magic/STEM on stagePaul Brewer
Website Link
ElementaryThe STEM On Stage assembly, sponsored by the Utah STEM Action Center, is about 45 minutes in length and introduces STEM to elementary-age students and teaches them why it is so important.PresenterMagic, STEMBachelor of Fine Arts / Theater Teaching University of Utah
Forty Years experience entertaining and teaching in eight countries and three languages
$0.00Been in schools for years
Plan B TheatreSharah Meservy
Website Link
Elementary1. Free Elementary School Tour - Free in-school performances of new plays created specifically for K-6 students. For the 2022-23 school year we present the world premiere of BALLET FOR ALIENS by Gerard Hernandez, Jenny Kokai, and Oliver Kokai-Means. Also available as video-on-demand and as a podcast. Details at
2. Free Playwriting Curriculum - created by Julie Jensen to guide teachers through introducing playwriting into their curriculum and classrooms.
Playwriting With Young People (grades K-6) at
Playwriting With Young Adults (grades 7-12) at
Performing Arts$0.00
Prevent Child Abuse UtahLaurieann Thorpe, Executive Director
Nathan Davis, Presenter
Wyatt Welch, Presenter
Kristin Callor, Presenter
Andrew Pitchford, Presenter
Emily Sparks, Presenter (Contact)
Emily Anne Woods (
Cell: 801-834-3807
For grades K-2nd: Listen to your Uh-Oh Feeling, Say No, and Go Tell. For grades 3rd-12th: How to Recognize, Resist, and Report Child Abuse. PresenterChild Abuse Prevention, Body SafetyAll of our presenters have been trained in the curriculum. On average, we teach around 10,000 students in Utah.Video$0Opt. out must be offered
PROTECT Utah Terry Palmer 801.518.1404 WebsitePresenter Registered with the State as an official human trafficing training vendor
Real Salt Lake (RSL)Brent Stevens
Website Link
Link to RSL Community EducationCSDPartner-EmployeesSports
Red Butte GardensEddy Dawson
(801) 585-0556
Website Link
and Middle
Link to new class visit program
Link to Botany Bins
Repertory Dance TheatreLynne Larson
(801) 534-1000
Website Link
All programs offered both in person and virtual
1. Student Matinee Performances at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
2. In-Depth Residencies – assembly, multiple creative movement classes and PD workshop
3. Mini-Residencies – includes assembly and/or creative movement classes
4. Jr High and High School Workshops at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
5. Choreography for Elementary, Middle/Jr and Sr High School students
6. The Heritage Project - An In-depth Choreographic Project for Middle School/Jr High students
7. RDT Arts-In-Education Website, DANCE TO LEARN - NEW - launching September 2022
Ririe WoodburyAi Fuji Nelson
(801) 297-4241
Website Link
1. Interactive Performance Demonstration (Assembly) - In-Person or Virtual options available

2. Creative Dance Classes -In-Person or Virtual options available. Quarterly Virtual Dance Days are available by registration. 2022-23 dates to be announced (contact Ai Fujii Nelson for details).

3. Free Digital Resources - educational films: Creative Leaps (30 minutes), Blue Sky Theater (20 minutes), lesson plans, various virtual performances

4. Residencies: Kids in Motion (elementary), High School Choreography Residency (middle and high school) – in-depth, in-person education program

5. Free Student Matinees for K-6, Middle, and High School dance educators and students with accompanying Teacher Guides

6. Workshops - Teacher One Week Summer Workshop, Young Dancer Two-Day Summer Workshop
Rocky Mountain StringsRuth Ann Godfrey
Website Link
Leslie Henrie
Elementary Middle HighRocky Mountain Strings is an advanced performing group of young violinists directed by Ruth Godfrey, Leslie Henrie, and Amy Oswald. Shelley Astle is the accompanist, with Michael Thomas McLean as their in-house composer/arranger.

To play amazing classical music with interesting background on the composers and genres. Present, well trained students ages 11-18 in concert.
PresenterClassical and Popular MusicMasters of music - Ruth Ann Godfrey, Amy Oswald
Docterate of Musical Arts - Leslie Henrie
Safe UT (Huntsman Mental Health)(801) 583-2500
Website Link
This is for a bike safety assembly opportunity
(Helmet safety)
GoventitySafety and Mental Health
Salt Lake County Health DepartmentMercedes Maestes
Website Link
GoventitySafetyHealth Educator
Sandy Animal Service DepartmentIan Williams
Website Link
Sandy City Fire DepartmentAbigail Smith or Kimberly Hornberger
Website Link
Fire prevention and burn safetySandyCitySafety
Sandy PD(Sargent) Todd Singleton
801-568-7200 Non-emergency
Website Link
Drugs and substance abuse; vaping; gangsGoventitySafety
Scales N Tails UT, Inc.Shane Richins
(801) 528-1336 or 801-577-7182
Website Link
HighTo present educational, interactive, and engaging programs that help inform students about reptile and bird conservation, general knowledge and safety. PresenterScience, Reptiles and Birds17 years experience presenting programs to school, libraries, scout groups and more. Permits from the Depart. of Wildlife Resources (State entity) to use prohibited reptiles and birds for educational programs. Federal permits for reptiles that are federally protected.$300-$700
Sean BottSean Bott
Website Link
Mind reading showPresenterMentalistVideo Link$1,850We can also modify traditional programs to focus on UT core standards upon request. Approx. 40 min. long
SheTechCydni Tetro
Cyd Tetro
Website Link
ElementaryInspire girls to pursue careers in STEM by showing them how STEM is part of everything today.PresenterSTEMI am a women in STEM with a degree in computer science, I have founded and sold 3 companies and am currently both the president of the Women Tech Council and CEO of a tech company.Video Link$0.00
South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement DistrictDan McBride
Brian Hougaard
Eric Gardner
Website Link
elementry curriculm; 4th grade curriculum;
Standard 4.1.1
5th grade Standard 5.3
4th grade curriculum; Standard 4.1.1 Organisms Functioning in their environment 5th grade Standard 5.3 Cycling of Matter in EcosystemsElementarycurriculum
environment & ecosystemsprofessional environmentalists
Springville Art Museum OutreachLeslie Makai-Gleaves
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1. Art Talks – brings the museum experience directly to elementary and middle schools, several available topics, offered in-person and on Zoom (All year)
2. School Professional Developments – teachers receive a short training and resources before or after school when you schedule Art Talks (All year)
3. District-Wide Professional Developments – brings integrated curriculum training and resources to teachers (All year)
4. Virtual Field Trips - interactive tours of Museum exhibitions conducted over Zoom with a museum guide or self-guided. Includes resources with curriculum ties (All year)
5. Classroom Poster and Postcard Sets – available free of charge, these include images from SMA’s collection with curriculum ties. Postcard sets are also available digitally and in Spanish (All year)
6. Evenings for Educators – free professional development for all K-12 teachers offered at various art museums and galleries around the state, includes refreshments, workshops, and hands-on art making experiences. Relicensure points and USBE credit available (throughout the year)
7. Exhibition Tours – in person museum tours tailored to individual class needs; bus funding available. (All year)
8. Annual Utah All-State High School Art Show – competitive juried exhibition for high school juniors and seniors, (entries submitted in January, show is February-March)
9. Portfolio Day – high school students have the opportunity to have their visual art portfolios reviewed and critiqued by various college and university art representatives, along with a mentoring interview (November)
10. Artist to Artist – video library of artist interviews and hands-on art making techniques, teachers can request specific topics and we’ll work with a Utah artist to create a video
11. Lesson Plans – digital library containing years of lesson plans for all grades that integrate visual art with core standards
Spyhop; Youth Media MattersMyke Johnson
(801) 532-7500
Website Link
1. MEDIA ARTS SHORTS - In class introduction to the language of digital media arts. Students interact with professional teaching artists and experience media art produced by other students. Designed for a single classroom of students.

2. MEDIA ARTS CLASSROOM INTENSIVE - During one class period, students will complete either a film, audio or design project with our teaching artists. Designed for a single classroom of students.

3. MEDIA ARTS ASSEMBLY - Teaching artists perform a 60-minute interactive assembly using STEM based software and hardware, combining several forms of digital media arts. Designed for large groups of students.

4. MEDIA ARTIST CAREER DAY PRESENTATIONS - Spy Hop’s Artist Mentors present on what it takes to work in a digital art field and all the hats you need to wear to make it a reality! Mentors share their personal journey in their art medium and lessons and advice on how to navigate the road and obstacles many creatives face as professionals. Designed for a single classroom of students.
POPSDigital media arts
Stand 4 KindLeesha Major
Website Link
Local company that works well encouraging students to be kind and prevent bullying. They have apps and websites that encourage the reporting of kind acts long after the assembly. Connect through personal stories and provide tools on how to stand up be resilient and leaders We want students to know they are valued and they can change school culture by being kind.PresenterResilience, anti-bullying, kindness, leadership, self-care, mental health & PBISOur speakers tell personal stories and share researched based tools on how to be resilient. how to handle bullying, the science behind kindness. All our training is researched based. Our staff has over 150 years of education experience combined. Our curriculum is certified. Our trainers are educators, certified from Boys Town, Mental Health Aid, Qpr, Champs cert, Multiple Leadership cert. PBIS, Multiple State certs and approved resource. We are approved through Utah State office of Education. We receive State funding to provide our programs at no cost to schools.Video LinkNo fee to UT schools
Story Crossroads Rachel Hedman, Story Crossroads Executive Director
Story Crossroads gathers and unifies people and organizations across generations and cultures to celebrate the art of story. Objectives: To provide instruction in the art of story creation and storytelling to all ages; To broaden knowledge with, for, by and inclusive of different cultures on the art of story with the general public. Each story artist has a different style to show how there are many ways to communicate in an engaging manner. PresenterStorytelling - art form mixed with arts educationAll bios of our 2023 Summit & Festival Storytellers can be found at Website Video$200-$750Each presenter needs a background check
Tanner Dance; University of UtahRachel Kimball
(801) 581-7374
Website Link
1. CHILDREN’S DANCE THEATRE PERFORMANCES - Performances feature an engaging story based on children’s literature told with 250 performers, and original costuming, music, and sets. Tanner Dance is able to supplement funding for buses. A virtual teacher workshop is provided to educators preceding the Capitol Theatre matinees to prepare students to enjoy a complete artistic experience. Contact:
2. LECTURE DEMONSTRATIONS - Children’s Dance Theatre brings 40 students and live musicians to numerous elementary schools throughout the year. These lecture demonstrations are given on Friday mornings and a dance specialist visits the school’s faculty meeting a few weeks before the performance to provide lesson plans and other preparation for the performance. Contact:
3.ARTS-IN-EDUCATION RESIDENCIES - The Side-by-Side (SBS) Dance Residency Program offers weekly dance classes for K-6 students in Utah elementary schools. These residencies occur during the school day with a dance teaching artist, live musician, the classroom teacher and students actively participating. Contact Rachel Kimball, Director of Arts in Education, at
4. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR CLASSROOM TEACHERS 2022/2023 Integrated Arts Workshop: This series of six year-long workshops integrates the arts into the academic curriculum. Each workshop focuses on a different art form and how they relate to other areas of the curriculum: math, language arts, science, social studies and life skills. The Faculty Meeting Pick Me Up! Schedule a 30-60 minute professional development specifically created for your school and your teachers. Teachers will receive hands-on ideas for how to get their students up and out of their chairs learning. Summer Teacher Workshop: Come explore how to incorporate dance and visual art with math, science, language arts, and social studies. Tuition scholarships are available.
Thanksgiving Point Outreach Program(801) 768-4971
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Link to Outreach ProgramsiSEE
The Jumpin' CompanyPatrice Winn
Website Link
Teamwork, positive thinking and resiliencyPresenterPerformanceVideo Link$425.00
The Leonardo(801) 531-9800 ext. 103
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Link to Leo on WheelsiSEE
Todd InspiresTodd Sylvester
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Elementary, Middle & HighDrug Addiction/suicide/depressionPresenterNegative thinking into positiveAddict for 10 years, clean for 32 years, Counselor at Wasatch R... & SUDC degreeYes
Tracy Aviary Kylee Ehmann
Website Link
HighInspire curiosity and caring for birds and nature through education and conservationPresenterConservation & BirdsCertified Interpretive Guides. Certificate of Public History. Master of Education. Over 9 years of informal education experience$60-$70
Transjordan LandfillJill Fletcher
Website Link
Elementary, 3rd & 5th GradeTo enlighten minds on where their trash goes and how we can change our habits and behaviors to reduce and recycle better. PresenterLandfills, recycling, natural resources, environment, eco systemsUSEE (Utah Society of Environmental Education) Certified. I work at a landfill and have been presenting and giving tours for over 9 years. $0.00
UASSP, Executive DirectorRhonda Bromley
Website Link
Leadership, professional relationships, community and parental involvement in schools. PresenterParent Involvement,
Success in School
UASSP Executive Director
UDOT/Pennapowers/Safe Routes Utah/Zero Fatalities/"Beat the Street" pedestrian & bike safety801-739-6476
Lyenna Kemp
John Gleason
Zero Fatalities
Beat the Street Assemblies:
Safe walking
Safe bicycling
GoventitySafetyVideo Link
Unified Police Department (UPD)Goventity
Up with KidsNancy Scott
Website Link
We perform free of charge and welcome invitations to bring our show to schools, churches and community events. Regular opportunities will be arranged to provide free entertainment for disadvantaged members of our community. Portions of our programs are presented in sign language to accommodate the deaf members of our audiences.PresenterPerforming Arts$0.00
Urban Indian Center
Indigenous Health and Wellness Connections
Terry Goedel
Meredith Little Lam
Elijah Ekaika Cole
Chase Hobson
Shayla Rae Manitowabi-Huebner
Terry: 1) To share multiple styles of authentic Native American dance with students 2) To teach the construction of materials for Native hoop dancing 3) To encourage Native American students towards academic success and to honor their identity as Native students in their schools Meredith: (Elementary only) 1) To celebrate student Native identity and honor their culture and cultural identity 2) To teach students about Native American contributions to Utah 3) To share traditional Native American games and perspectives with certified Native American students 4) To allow students to experience Kaika: 1) To teach Canyons patrons about the origin, cultural history, and meaning of Native dance 2) To share example of different Native dance traditions Chase: 1) To teach Canyons patrons about the origin, cultural history, and meaning of Native dance 2) To share example of different Native dance traditions Shayla: 1) To teach Canyons patrons about the origin, cultural history, and meaning of Native dance 2) To share example of different Native dance traditions 3) To teach the cultural traditions and etiquette of Native Pow Wow 4) To encourage physical health and wellnessPresenterTerry:
Native American Dance Traditions and Academic Success for Native Students

Meredith: (Elementary only)
Native American Culture, Utah Native History, and Native Games

Native American Dance

Native American Dance

Native American Dance, Medicine Wheel, Pow Wow Traditions, Health
Terry has more than 30 years of experience as a certified Math teacher in California, and as a professional Native dancer, and has a Master's Degree in Educational Administration. Terry is the winner of the National Hoop Dance competition and has performed and taught Native dance all over the United States and abroad.

Meredith has more than 10 years working as the Title VI Native American Coordinator for Provo School District, working as a cultural educator and provider for the Urban Indian Center of Utah, and presenter at National Indian Education Association Conference and Trade show. (Elementary only)

Ekaika has a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience, a minor in Business Management, and has been performing Native American dance styles for over 20 years.

Chase has Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies, a Minor in Native American History, a Tribal College Certificate in Tribal Leadership and Governance, and a Certificate in Health Policy and Interdisciplinary Approaches

Shayla has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Science, a Master's Degree in Exercise Science, is CPR Certified, has run the Boston Marathon 3+ times, and has been a traditional Native dancer for over 10 years.
Terry $150
Meredith $200 (Elementary Only)
Kaika $300
Chase: $150
Shayla: $150
USU Botanical Garden ExtensionMelanie Ogan
Youth Program Coordinator
Utah County
General 4-H, STEM & FCS
(385) 268-6531
Website Link
Link to Youth EducationiSEE
USU Salt Lake Co. 4-H Extension Youth ProgramsMeggan Callister Program Coordinator II Mobile: (435) 230-3375 Website5th GradeOur iSEE program, When Sphere’s Collide, will focus on the SEEd standard 5.1.4: “Develop a model to describe interactions between Earth’s systems including the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere. Emphasize interactions between only two systems at a time. Examples could include the influence of a rainstorm in a desert, waves on a shoreline, or mountains on clouds.”
We would love the opportunity to come to your school and present an engaging hands-on hour-long activity that will enhance your science education.
Utah Avalanche CenterMcKinley Talty
Website Link 1
MIddle & HighAvalanche awarenessPresenterAll of our KBYG instructors are professional or aspiring avalanche professionals vetted by the Utah Avalanche Center. Instructors must have a high level of avalanche education, attend annual instructor training led by the UAC, and approved by the KBYG team. Video Link
Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre(435) 750-0300
Pamela Gee
Vanessa Ballam
Lindsey Kelstrom
Website Link
1. Opera by Children – students create original operas, including original music and lyrics.

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

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

4. Free pre-show informances available for every summer offering led by Michael Ballam and other UFOMT artists.

5. 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.

6. Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards – all participating high school musical productions are adjudicated and top ten nominated performers and productions participate in the awards presentation. All high schools are invited to participate in a day of event workshops, performance mentoring, and the evening production.
Utah Film Center(801) 746-7000
Julie Gale
Website Link
1. – An immersive, high-quality professional development and curriculum for grade 4-12 teachers in any academic discipline that supports the integration of the filmmaking process into educational settings. Workshops range from two days to a semester-long, self-paced online course, and incentives include USBE professional development credit, and a standards-linked filmmaking curriculum guidebook with lesson plans to guide educators on how to produce documentaries, public service announcements (PSAs), instructional videos, personal narratives, and other short film projects with their students.

2. In-classroom Workshops: 1-hour in-person, virtual, or pre-recorded workshops in the topics of Behind the Animation, Origins of Animation, Acting for the Camera, How to Watch a Movie, and How to Write a Screenplay. These hands-on, interactive workshops give students an introduction to the various art forms present in live-action and animated films.

3. Tumbleweeds Festival Field Trips - a downtown pre-screening of select Tumbleweeds Festival films open to classrooms from across the Wasatch front. The film experience is either accompanied by a corresponding study guide or a professional post-screening discussion.

4. Film Spark--Curated short and full-length films with core standards aligned study guides for grades K-12 that supplement topics in social studies, history, science, and topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and social emotional learning. See films that promote our belief “good films make better humans.”
Utah Highway Patrol801-965-4518
Website Link
Programs include: Canine, C.A.R.E., Technology, DRE -Drug Recognition Expert, Emergency Medical Services and Truckers-n-TroopersGoventitySee Something, Say SomethingState Gov
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art(801) 328-4201
Laura Hurtado
Golda Dopp Ovalles
Website Link
1) Art Truck, a mobile museum—a box truck outfitted with contemporary artwork. Our educators visit K-12 schools around the state of Utah. UMOCA selects meaningful, relevant, and engaging work by local artists that also meet Utah’s Core Standards. Additionally, UMOCA provides each teacher with structured lesson plans that explore and expand on the ideas presented in the Art Truck. Schedule through UMOCA’s website via Google Form link.

2) Field trips and art-making in the Education Studio. UMOCA assists with bus transportation to the museum, where the K-12 Educator takes them on a tour of 3-4 galleries. The visit concludes in the Studio where students work on a project inspired by a current exhibition. Virtual field trips available via Zoom. Schedule through UMOCA’s website via Google Form.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA)Annie Burbidge Ream
(801) 581-7332
Website Link
1. K-12 Guided Tours and Field Trips – students will explore 5,000 years of human creativity through hands-on engaging tours and artmaking. Tour Curriculum is
developed to connect classroom learning to UMFA’s permanent collection and traveling exhibitions through themes, cross-cutting concepts, and arts integration.

2. pARTners – multi-visit outreach program for 4th graders in Salt Lake City School District, includes two museum guided tours each year, pre-visit creativity warm ups, and art-making workshops.

3. Teacher Professional Development Workshops – Introduce teachers of all ages and disciplines to object-based, dialogical teaching strategies and get free resources for easy cross-curricular implementation.

4. Museum in the Classroom – In-school hands-on presentations where students examine authentic Museum objects curated into core-connected themes to encourage diverse, global perspectives.

5. Explore Spiral Jetty – site visits and experiences, STEAM-focused curricula, presentations and teacher workshops to provide education and access to Robert Smithson’s iconic work of art.

6. Art History Classroom Connections –UMFA’s collection of 21,000 objects illuminate the visual history of the world and support AP Art History test preparation and other Art History curricula.

7. Distance learning - providing 21st century learning opportunities for our statewide K–12 community. Distance learning programs connect your curriculum to UMFA resources. UMFA educators digitally visit with classes in real time and teach about art, creativity, and visual culture represented in UMFA’s global collection.

8. Digital Resources - educational films: Creative Leaps (30 minutes), Art Break videos (5 minutes), lesson plans, self-guided tours, activities and more!
Utah Opera801-869-9079
Kevin Nakatani
Website Link
1. In School Presentations – 5 Opera Resident Artists travel to schools throughout metro area and around the state

a. Elementary School Assembly Program: Who Wants to Be an Opera Star? – introduction to opera in a game show format

b. Middle/Jr. High Program: Opera 101 and Freeze Frame: Elixir of Love – high energy performances /demonstrations designed specifically for the middle-grade student

c. High School Program: Opera Up Close – presentation designed for choral classrooms, featuring performances of a variety of musical styles & presentation about genres of opera, art song, voice types, and musical theatre.

2. At the Capitol Theatre:

a. “Opera-tunities” student night before each mainstage opera

b. Docent presentations in classrooms before Opera-tunities attendance

c. Access to Music Concert for children with special needs and their families

3. Music! Words! Opera! original opera program - teachers take summer training and then become project managers for year- long cross-curricular projects with their students

a. Annual Children’s Opera Showcase with 3 schools performing their original operas at the Rose Wagner Center

4. Professional Development for Teachers – includes Music! Words! Opera! summer workshops, Teachers in the House (re-licensure for teachers at opera performances), and pre-opera workshops for teachers

5. Behind the Scenes

a. Guest artist events

b. Internships and job shadowing

c. Facility tours at Opera Production Studios and Capitol Theatre
Utah Shakespeare FestivalStewart Shelley
(800) 752-9849
Katherine Norman
Website Link
1. Shakespearience Performances – Professional performances during the Festival season offered free to students and educators. Interactive workshops and talk-backs are provided for students taught by professional actors.

2. Shakespeare in the Schools touring productions – The Festival provides a touring production of a 75-minute Shakespeare plays for schools and communities. This fully mounted production includes lights, sound, set and costumes. The program includes post show talk-backs and workshops in social justice, Shakespeare text, character building through improvisation and movement/stage combat.

3. Workshops and Backstage Tours - either in classrooms or onsite, which feature opportunity for students to learn and conclude with organically created performances

4. Shakespeare Competition – two-day event where students perform music, dance and theatre pieces based on Shakespeare's text. These student works are adjudicated by working professionals.

5. Playmakers Performances and Workshops – teaches theatre to students ages 6-18 through a series of performance and process-oriented workshops.

6. Bard’s Birthday Bash and Renaissance Day – elementary students celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday through their own Shakespeare performances with workshops and activities from Festival staff.

7. Professional Development – workshops, summer courses and in-services for teachers.

8. Virtual Resources - Study guides, lesson plans, script resources, video resources for educators and students.
POPSPerforming Arts
Utah Symphony801-869-9092
Jessica Wiley
Website Link
1. Concerts in the Schools – full and chamber concerts performed in schools throughout the state, includes lesson materials for teachers

2. Concerts and Events at Abravanel Hall – 5th grade concerts, includes lesson materials for teachers. Trained docents visit schools before students come to the

3. Students in Performance – includes Salute to Youth, All-Star Evening Soloists, All-Star Evening (side-by-side), holiday concerts

4. Open Rehearsals – secondary music classes can attend selected orchestra rehearsals at Abravanel Hall

5. Interactive Events with Musicians and Students – meet and greets, conductor visits, musicians in the classroom, guest artist events, Youth Guild, internships and job shadowing

6. Pre-concert Lectures – students learn more about concerts directly from artistic staff and conductors

7. Music Outreach Program – free violin lessons for students in Northwest Multipurpose Center’s after-school program

8. Professional Development – Teachers in the House (re-licensure for teachers at Symphony Masterworks performances)

9. Utah Symphony Wind Day/Brass Day – Offered when possible

10. High School Music Clubs – High school students can develop and share their love of music with peers in a social setting
Watts SmartPatty Clark

Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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