2019 Sorenson Legacy Awards – For Excellence in Arts Education

The Sorenson Legacy Foundation honored seven Utah teachers and presented a lifetime achievement award on April 26, 2019 through the Sorenson Legacy Awards for Excellence in Arts Education. One arts program, ARTcetera was also honored.

Lifetime Achievement Award winner Jean Tokuda Irwin with State Superintendent Sydney Dickson and Gail Williamsen, President of the Sorenson Legacy Foundation
Lifetime Achievement Award winner Jean Tokuda Irwin with State Superintendent Sydney Dickson and Gail Williamsen, President of the Sorenson Legacy Foundation.

The Sorenson Legacy Awards recognizes excellence in arts education in Utah’s public schools.  The study of drama, dance, music, and the visual arts helps students explore realities, relationships, and ideas that cannot be expressed simply in words or numbers. Study of the arts provides a venue for creativity to flourish.

Beverley Taylor Sorenson worked tirelessly to promote the arts as an avenue for students to develop voice, sustain engagement in school, and evoke reflection and response. Through the Sorenson Legacy Foundation and the Utah State Board of Education (USBE), the Sorenson Legacy Awards for Excellence in Arts Education will recognize the essential nature of education in the arts for Utah’s students, distinguish those educators who embrace the arts with excellence in their practice, and ensure that Beverley’s legacy will continue on.

 

 

 

Recipients of the 2019 Sorenson Awards
Recipients of the 2019 Sorenson Awards

This year’s recipients are:

Secondary Music Instruction – Instrumental: Randall Beach, Green Canyon High School, North Logan

Elementary Visual Arts Instruction: Monique deWitt, Northridge Elementary School, Orem
Elementary Visual Arts Instruction

Secondary Music Instruction – Choral: Steve Durtschi, Timpanogos High School, Orem
Secondary Music Instruction – Choral

Elementary Music Instruction: Deanna Lee, Edgemont Elementary School, Provo
Elementary Music Instruction

Secondary Dance Instruction: Traci Raymond, Alta High School, Sandy

Elementary Arts Integration: Jennifer Terry, Alpine School District

Secondary Visual Arts Instruction: Joseph VanLeeuwen, Cyprus High School, Magna

Lifetime Achievement in Arts Education: Jean Tokuda Irwin, Utah Division of Arts & Museums

ARTcetera, Provo School District
Exemplary Arts Program in a School or District

For more photos from the banquet visit: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmc4P5Ca

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