School Board Petition: Bring back the Middle School Arts, Health, and PE Credit Requirement
To: Members of the Utah State Board of Education
From: Utah Cultural Alliance, Utah Education Association, Utah Music Teachers Association, and the following signers
We are parents, voters, and Utahns who care about the success of our state’s children. We know that a well-rounded education is vital to their future.
As your constituents, we ask you to reverse your August 4th decision to remove the Middle School credit requirement for health, arts, physical education, college and career awareness, world languages, and digital literacy.
The benefits to children of a well-rounded education that includes arts, health, and PE education are many:
- Better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement, especially for at-risk children. (1)
- Improved performance and grades in reading, math, writing, and other subjects. (2)
- Increased creative thinking and problem solving. (3)
- Increased positive attitudes towards school and learning. (4)
- Less aggression and violent tendencies. (5)
- Improved cognitive ability. (6)
- Improved community cohesion. (7)
- Improved graduation rates. (8)
- Improved motor skills and self-discipline. (9)
- Improved social interaction. (10)
- Improved mental health and dietary choices. (11)
Eliminating the credit requirement for arts, health, physical education, college and career awareness, world languages, and digital literacy suggests that state standards and oversight for these vital programs could disappear. These are subject areas that are proven to close the school achievement gap. Lack of standards and oversight prevents fair and equitable services statewide, and puts at risk our State’s commitment to ensure that a healthy and productive generation is ready to lead our future.
We thank the six board members who voted against this change: Janet Cannon, Brittney Cummins, Jennifer Graviet, Carol Barlow-Lear, Kathleen Riebe, and Spencer Stokes.
Utah is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise families. We believe that our state public education system should be a light to the rest of America and the world. When policy changes occur that negatively affect children’s education -- such as this credit change -- our state educational system suffers, and our children suffer. We ask you to reverse your August 4th decision.
The board and staff of the Utah Cultural Alliance, Utah Education Association, Utah Music Teachers Association, and the undersigned.
A 2002 report by the Arts Education Partnership revealed that schoolchildren exposed to drama, music and dance are often more proficient at reading, writing, and math. & The 2006 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum study on art education showed a link between arts education and improved literacy skills. & A 2011 study called “Reinvesting in Arts Education” found that integrating arts with other subjects can help raise achievement levels. & Active Education: Physical Education, Physical Activity and Academic Performance. & An Evaluation of the Relationship between Academic Performance and Physical Fitness Measures in California Schools
- A study (http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/champions/pdfs/Learning.pdf) of more than 2,000 middle-school students by researchers at Columbia University found that students who had participated in at least three years of in-school arts instruction scored significantly higher on an instrument measuring creative thinking and that these students self- reported much higher rates of positive attitudes towards school and learning than did their peers who had experienced less arts education.
- Same study as 1.
Evaluation of a six-month program that involved youth in drama reported that these participants demonstrated less aggressive and violent tendencies, while also exhibiting more pro-social behaviors like cooperation and self control compared to before participating. http://www.traumacenter.org/products/pdf_files/jsv5_2_2006.pdf & A study of Missouri public schools in 2010 found that greater arts education led to fewer disciplinary infractions and higher attendance, graduation rates and test scores.
A study by research kinesiologists found that students showed improved cognitive ability after participating in moderate exercise. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306452209001171 & A meta-analysis that took into account 44 studies that had sought to identify correlations & between physical activity among children and their cognitive performance concluded that there is a significant relationship. & The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance
A 2005 report by the Rand Corporation called “A Portrait of the Visual Arts” argues that art education does more than just give students a creative outlet. It can actually help connect them to the larger world, ultimately improving community cohesion.
- The Center for Arts Education published a report in 2009 that suggests arts education may improve graduation rates.
- http://www.phitamerica.org/Page1139.aspx & Physical Education in Kindergarten Promotes Fundamental Motor Skill Development
- Do the Duration and Frequency of Physical Education Predict Academic Achievement, Self-concept, Social skills, Food consumption, and Body Mass Index?
Crystal Young-Otterstrom published Candidate: Mason Don Milligan (Bountiful) in 2017 Municipal Candidate Survey Results 2017-08-01 11:42:40 -0600
Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance Grade: A+ (100%)
- Candidate Name: Mason Don Milligan
- Your Municipality: Bountiful
- Elected office for which you are running: City Council
Crystal Young-Otterstrom published NEWSLETTER: UTAH DIVISION OF ARTS AND MUSEUMS PERFORMING ARTS NEWS (JULY) in UCA Member Events, Jobs, & News 2017-07-14 12:04:22 -0600
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I hope this finds you well. Visit the performing arts page of our website for more resources. Also, please let me know if you have any suggestions or are aware of resources that I should list.
All the best, Jason Bowcutt, 801-236-7554.
Crystal Young-Otterstrom published CALL FOR ENTRY: REQUEST FOR ARTIST QUALIFICATIONS (JUNE 30 DEADLINE) in UCA Member Events, Jobs, & News 2017-05-17 18:50:22 -0600
Dear Artists and Colleagues:Letters of interest and qualifications are requested from artists interested in creating art for the public area(s) of the new Department of Environmental Quality Technical Support Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Selection Committee will collaborate with an artist to develop an installation that reflects the important role the Department of Environmental Quality plays in safeguarding Utah’s air, land and water.Read more
Crystal Young-Otterstrom published Job Posting: Joomla Developer in UCA Member Events, Jobs, & News 2016-09-20 15:16:38 -0600
Utah Humanities, a nonprofit organization located in Salt Lake City, Utah is looking for a contract/freelance Joomla developer to work with our team on an as-needed, hourly basis. This position allows for working remotely, but will require some in-person meetings.Read more
Crystal Young-Otterstrom published Newsletter: Utah Film Center Summer Screening in UCA Member Events, Jobs, & News 2016-09-01 10:57:40 -0600
Upcoming free film screenings and special events from Utah Film Center
Upcoming Free Salt Lake City ScreeningsTuesday, July 19 @ 7:00 PM
The City Library - 210 E 400 S
THE BAD KIDS
Directed by Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe
101 min | 2015 | USA | Not Rated
At a remote Mojave Desert high school, extraordinary educators believe that empathy and life skills, more than academics, give at-risk students command of their own futures.
Winner: U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for Verité Filmmaking—2016 Sundance Film FestivalLearn More...Thursday, July 21 @ 7:00 PM
Marmalade Library - 280 W 500 N
Damn These Heels Year-Round
Directed by Silvia Chiogna
68 min | 2014 | Germany | Not Rated
A thought-provoking and playful documentary that explores what happens when we challenge the rules of gender.
Official Selection: 2015 Damn These Heels Film Festival, 2016 BFI Flare Film FestivalLearn More...Tuesday, July 26 @ 7:00 PM
The City Library - 210 E 400 S
Directed by Su Rynard
90 min | 2015 | Canada/France | Not Rated
Post-film Q&A with Professor Cagan Sekercioglu.
A wide-ranging and contemplative documentary that explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own.
Official Selection: 2015 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
Co-presented by The Nature ConservancyLearn More...Friday, July 29 @ 6:00 PM
Sorenson Unity Center - 1383 S 900 W
BOY AND THE WORLD
Directed by Alê Abreu
80 min | 2013 | Brazil | Rated PG
A young boy’s cozy rural life is shattered when is father leaves for the city, prompting him to embark on a quest to reunite his family. His journey unfolds like a tapestry, taking on greater complexity as his world expands. Featuring stunning visuals and an exceptional soundtrack, this film is a delight to the senses.
Nominee: Best Animated Feature – 2016 Academy AwardsLearn More...
Upcoming Outside of Salt Lake City Screenings
Wednesday, July 20 @ 7:00 PM - Ogden
Peery's Egyptian - 2415 Washington Blvd
Utah Film Circuit
HE NAMED ME MALALA
Directed by Davis Guggenheim
87 min | 2015 | United Arab Emirates/USA | PG-13
A look at the events leading up to the Taliban's attack on Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai, for speaking out on girls' education followed by the aftermath, including her speech to the United Nations.
Thursday, July 21 @ 7:00 PM - Moab
Star Hall - 159 E Center St
Utah Film Circuit
LADY IN THE VAN
Directed by Nicholas HytnerLearn More–Moab...
104 min | 2015 | UK | PG-13
Based on the true story of Miss Shepherd, a woman who “temporarily” parked her van in a London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.
Official Selection: 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, 2015 Warsaw International Film Festival
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Crystal Young-Otterstrom published News: RDT announces 51st season of revolutionary modern dance in UCA Member Events, Jobs, & News 2016-06-30 16:44:56 -0600
Announcing Repertory Dance Theatre's 2016-2017 season. REVOLUTIONARY. View this email in your browser
For Immediate ReleaseJune 29, 2016
Repertory Dance Theatre's
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Repertory Dance Theatre is the nation's oldest and most successful repertory dance company. After more than 50 years of pushing the boundaries of modern dance while preserving its legacy, RDT is preparing for yet another revolutionary season of modern dance.
RDT prides itself in presenting audiences with a diverse range of modern dance styles and choreographers paired together in dynamic and unexpected performances, and this year is no different. After celebrating its 50th anniversary last season, RDT moves forward into the next half century with world premieres and cutting-edge contemporary choreography, while revisiting some of its favorite choreographers.
RDT's 51st season will open with ÉLAN, September 29-October 1, 2016. ÉLANbreaks ground with flair and style as RDT once again explores Gaga...a revolutionary new movement language invented by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. Gaga demands physical rigor that pushes the body to its extremes while connecting effort with pure pleasure.
The concert features a world premiere by Israeli artist Danielle Agami, director of Ate9 Dance Company based in Los Angeles. Recently named one of Dance Magazine's "Top 25 to Watch," Agami exposes our imperfections by turning awkwardness into something beautiful. This world-premiere is paired with a re-staging of another work from the Gaga discipline, Noa Zuk's, "By the Snake" (2013).
ÉLAN also includes a world-premiere by the winner of RDT's 2016 REGALIA choreographic competition. RDT has commissioned RDT alumnus Andy Noble to create a work that combines dance and technology. Using movement and media as an avenue to present audiences with a fresh and both vision, Noble is emerging as one of the country's most innovative new voices.
Finally, RDT will join with over 150 young musicians from Utah Youth Orchestras and Ensembles to perform "Handsfree," a daring work created by two innovative artists from the UK. Contemporary composer Anna Meredith in collaboration with choreographer David Ogle have designed an event that involves a huge ensemble creating rhythms by clapping, stamping, singing and beatboxing. Check out a video from the Salt Lake Tribune here.
In November, RDT will celebrate its longstanding relationship with the Joanie Smith and Danial Shapiro. Since the mid 1980s RDT has collaborated with the Shapiro & Smith Dance Company by presenting their witty and energetic dances inspired by the spirit of friendly competition, ownership and territory, as well as classic children's games and nursery rhymes.
BRIO, November 17-19, will stage and evening of choreography entirely by Shapiro and Smith, including crowd favorites like "Bolero" and "Dance With Two Army Blankets," as well as "Turf," "Jack," and RDT's latest acquisition, "Pat-A-Cake." This pre-holiday, family-friendly show is filled with humor and athleticism that will have audiences gasping for breath watching unexpected and thrilling moments on the edge of chaos.
RDT has always had a commitment to train dancers to be versatile teachers and choreographers. January 6-7, RDT will present EMERGE, a full concert of choreography by the RDT dancers. Season subscribers can add on a ticket to EMERGE to their season ticket package for just $12.
In February of 2017, you can help RDT commission a new work. Audiences who loved RDT's annual fundraiser, Charette, are now hooked on REGALIA. A process, a performance, and a party, REGALIA assembles four choreographers competing for a commission the following season. Artistic teams will have only 4 hours to complete a brand new work. Audience members will watch the creative process and final performance, then vote with their wallet for their favorite choreographer. The fundraiser features two pricing options, either with or without dinner. Everyone is invited up on stage after the performance for dancing and dessert with a LIVE BAND.
The closing show of RDT’s 51st season is DABKE, an evening-length work by celebrated NYC-based choreographer Zvi Gotheiner. After offering a sample of Gotheiner's powerful work, "Dabke" on its 50th anniversary season, RDT will deliver the evening-length work in its entirety in DABKE, April 6-8, 2017.
Arabic for “stomping the ground,” dabkeh is the national dance of Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Palestine while Israelis have their own version. Gotheiner’s "Dabke" uses the power of dance to highlight tribal and national identities as well as to dissolve those definitions. By blending Middle Eastern folk dance, Arab pop music and contemporary dance vocabulary, the piece evokes notions of universality. In 2012, "Dabke" was recognized by the New York Times as one of critic Alastair Macaulay's "Top Ten Dances" of the season.
After a wonderful and celebratory 50th anniversary season, RDT is excited to move into the next half-century as a part of Salt Lake City's "second-act" of growing creatives industries and a flourishing downtown.
RDT's 2016-2017 SEASON: REVOLUTIONARY
September 29 - October 1, 2016
Jeanne Wagner Theatre
- World-premiere commission by Danielle Agami
- World- premiere commission by Andy Noble
- "By The Snake" by Noa Zuk & Ohad Fishof
- "Handsfree" by Anna Meredith with students from the Utah Youth Orchestras and Ensembles.
November 17-19, 2016
Jeanne Wagner Theatre
Choreography by Shapiro & Smith, including:
- "Bolero" (Joanie Smith)
- "Dance with Two Army Blankets"
- "Jack" (Joanie Smith)
- "Pat-A-Cake" (Utah premiere by Joanie Smith)
January 6-7, 2017Featuring choreography solely by the RDT dancers.
Leona Wagner Black Box Theatre
February 11, 2017
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Returning for the second year, REGALIA features record-breaking choreography with the opportunity for you to award a commission. The evening will finish with a live band and dancing for all on stage.
April 6-8, 2017
Jeanne Wagner Theatre
An evening-length work, "DABKE" by Zvi Gotheiner.
About Repertory Dance Theatre
Repertory Dance Theatre is dedicated to the creation, performance, perpetuation, and appreciation of modern dance.
RDT is the nation’s oldest and most successful repertory dance company. Unlike conventional modern dance organizations, we present you with a diverse range of modern dance styles and choreographers paired together in dynamic and unexpected performances.
New viewers often ask us what to expect from an RDT performance. We tell them grace and athleticism, beauty and power. Beyond that, we tell them to embrace the unexpected. So, what is RDT Dance all about? Simply said, we are about art. Art in motion, expressed through our bodies as modern dance. Art that in its immediacy and intimacy can be both thrilling and profound. Art that challenges you, and art that you won’t see coming.
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