An upcoming concert will honor Beverley Taylor Sorenson, whose contributions continue to be felt in both arts and education at Utah State University. She recently established an endowed program making the arts accessible to children with disabilities.
The Caine College of the Arts and the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services will join in thanking her during the Grand Gala Concert on Friday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m.
The recent $3 million endowment from Sorenson will help children with disabilities access the arts in education. Her support allows staff from the two colleges to create modules that will show teachers ways to adapt arts education so that all children will have a chance to participate. For example, it may find ways to use assistive technology so that a child who cannot grip a brush can still paint.
The university will also provide technical support to schools and develop course work for students studying special and elementary education. It will all be done with the goal of increasing arts experiences for children with disabilities.
The endowment adds to the tremendous support Sorenson has already given to arts and education. The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair for Elementary Arts Education is already established at USU, helping current and future teachers incorporate the arts into the core curriculum.