Integrated Arts

Program Founded in 1984

Art Access has been conducting integrated arts festivals since its inception in 1984. Festivals accounted for a majority of Art Access programming at that time. As of the 2017-2018 school year our Artists are in 13 schools and community service provider venues. In 2018 alone we served 1,795 students.

Educators and service providers collaborate with professional artists to create residency programs, special projects, and festivals as requested by individual schools or teachers and administrators from school districts and disability or cultural service organizations. Each project is specifically designed to accommodate the unique needs of the requesting school and its targeted students. Arts education activities include an array of visual, performing (dance/movement), and literary arts. All residencies include an in-service component to help educators continue applying arts programming in their classrooms after their project concludes.

These integrated programs have experienced consistent success. They strengthen our community by providing free and targeted arts activities to Utah students with sensory, cognitive, learning, developmental, and/or physical disabilities. By creating art in an inclusive environment with their peers, students with disabilities can develop the following: small and large motor coordination, language and interpersonal skills, conflict resolution, behavior and stress management, creativity, and self-awareness and self-esteem. Incorporating the arts into the core curriculum in this way often leads to students with disabilities becoming more integrated into the community life of their school and experiencing additional classroom success.

Integrated Arts Program Allocation Information

This program's requirement of integration prescribes that students receiving special education services are integrated with students from their school's mainstream population.

Professional artists for the Integrated Arts Program are contracted from the Teaching Artists Roster of the Division of Arts and Museums, which includes well-trained and qualified artists who are able to work in various circumstances and with a wide range of age groups and abilities.

Proposal Deadline: June 2019

Eligible Participants: children (3 to 22) receiving special education services

To submit an allocation proposal to be considered for an Integrated Arts in Utah Schools Program, please contact .

Project Dates: To be determined by artist and facility (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2019)

Program Allocations: $500 to $2,000 according to project need

Program Sites for 2018-2019:
Matts Place
Edison Elementary
Granite Elementary School
Kauri Sue Hamilton School
The Road Home Shelter - Midvale Family Shelter
University Neuropsychiatric Institute Girls' Transition Unit
Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind at Westmore Elementary
Jordan Valley School
Utah Arts Fesival Art Yard

Contact: To request information about allocation proposals and requirements for your organization, email











Art Access is grateful to the following partners and funders for their generous support of this program: Sorenson Legacy Foundation, Clark L. Tanner Foundation, Lawrence T. Dee & Janet T. Dee Foundation, Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Henry W. & Leslie M. Eskuche Charitable Foundation, McCarthy Family Foundation, Salt Lake City Arts Council, Utah Arts Festival, and Utah Division of Arts & Museums. Additionally, we wish to thank the following individuals for their contibutions to this program: Andrea Globakar, Janice Gee, Kathleen De Remer, Dale Sheld, and Kathryn Lindquist. 

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