Arts Express Summer Conference

June 4-5th, 2024

Hosted by the BYU ARTS Partnership

Registration opens February 15th



Register early for the best selection of our engaging and educational workshops in dance, drama, literary arts, music, media arts, visual arts, and arts integration in science, language arts, math, and social studies!

New this year! We are offering a chance to collaborate with other educators to share and discuss ideas of how you will implement what you have learned during the conference in your classroom. Offered at the end of the second day, these sessions will provide an opportunity for attendees to share learning and build community with job-alike peers. You will be able to select your collaboration groups during registration. 

Select from over 50 unique and engaging breakout sessions with national and local presenters including sessions presented by the Utah Division of Arts and Museums and local POPS Arts Organizations. All presenters have planned sessions based on Utah's core standards.



Arts Express 2023 Highlight Reel



Select from over 50 unique and engaging breakout sessions with national and local presenters. All presenters have planned sessions based on Utah's core standards.


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Find directions to Viewpoint Middle School and nearby hotel information.

Keynote Presenters

Read about all of the national and local presenters coming to Arts Express!


Registration is $85 before April 1st, then $110 until May 10th, or when we reach capacity. Contact your district arts representative or your principal to ask about financial support that may be available. No refunds after May 10th.

University students can register for only $45!


To sign up for 1 BYU credit, go to Sign in with your BYU Net ID or create an account. The cost is $48. Register for credit by June 5th.

If you would like to receive Relicensure Hours or 1 USBE credit through MIDAS, simply indicate such and provide your Cactus ID on your attendance verification form while at the conference. We will take care of the rest for you!

Both BYU and USBE credit require that you write a 1-2 page implementation plan of how you will use what you have learned in your classroom. Email it to by July 15, 2024.


Read about the national and local presenters coming to Arts Express!


Read about this year's unique breakout sessions here.

Featured Artists



Paddy Bowman from Local Learning

Paddy Bowman is Founding Director of Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education and co-editor of the Journal of Folklore and Education. Educators and traditional artists  around the nation have benefited from her ability to connect non-folklorists with our discipline. Her influential university courses and professional development training programs for educators, implementation of model school-based projects, authorship of seminal publications, and development of online and off-line curricular materials have significantly extended the reach of folklore and folk arts to hundreds of teachers and thousands of students throughout the United States. She co-edited Through the Schoolhouse Door: Folklore, Community, Curriculum (Utah State University Press, 2011) and co-wrote a chapter in Folklife and Museums. She was awarded the American Folklore Society Benjamin A. Botkin Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Public Folklore and is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society. She has an MA in Folklore from the University of North Carolina.

Venezuela Cantando

Accompanied by friends, the Garcia family is at the heart of this performing group that plays traditional Venezuelan music. Originally from Barquisimeto, Venezuela, the Garcias program a diverse performance including Caribbean-style drumming from the Lake Maracaibo region, Andean music from the western mountain regions, and music from the plains and savannas of the east.




Just My Type

Connie & Lisa Broadbent, joined by Diane Parades and Holly Johnson, type spontaneous poems on vintage typewriters! We are lucky to have them at Arts Express this year as a working artist. Enjoy visiting their table in the exhibitor hall Tuesday or Wednesday and get your own custom and spontaneous poem!

​​​​​Check out their instagram: @justmytype.ut


Micah Hirokawa

Micah Hirokawa, former Head of School and Charter Director, is currently serving as an administrator at Syracuse Arts Academy. Hirokawa is well-published and has been a featured presenter throughout the nation. As an ethnomusicologist, his undergraduate work was featured in a film produced by the American Studies Department, University of Hawaii titled "Mele - The Voices of Yesterday Singing The Songs of Tomorrow." As a young child, Micah was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Through his passion for music, he’s been able to redefine his disability as his now-found “Super Ability.” In light of this, Micah has developed through self-study and groundbreaking research (Wide River Academy), methods and strategies that have inspired a revolution. His mission as an educator is to crush labels and stereotypes when working with students of concern. Hirokawa hopes to create a paradigm shift that promotes in-depth learning for all students. He has been featured on such platforms as TEDxHonoluluEd, Schools of the Future, The MISO Conference, The SUMMIT Education, and Innovation Conference, The Pacific Rim Conference, and The LDAH Conference, The UMC Conference, to name a few – and was the only educator in Hawaii to become a finalist for the 2014 GRAMMY Educator Award and the recipient of the Rock Your School GRAMMY Competition in 2015.




Ty Allison

Everything Ty knows about creating and working with his hands, he learned from his family. He is Navajo (Diné) and has been playing and hand-crafting the Native American flute for years. These flutes are living heirlooms of cultural memory and world-renown for their unique construction and tonal quality. As a skilled silversmith, he also designs jewelry.
Ty enjoys telling stories about the origins of traditional songs and performing them on the drum, rattle, or flute. Introducing his flute-making videos, he teaches students how to make small wood carvings. Ty also teaches the round dance to large and small groups.



Dalloway Smith

Dalloway Smith is a 15-year-old cellist who most recently performed as a soloist with the American Fork Symphony and the Utah Philharmonic, playing Elgar's Cello Concerto 4th movement with both orchestras. In 2023, Dalloway was a finalist in the Utah Symphony's Salute To Youth concerto competition, she performed in Royal Albert Hall with her string quintet as a winner of the London International Music Competition, and she performed at Zankel Hall in New York City's Carnegie Hall. Dalloway spent the summer 2023 at the Ascent Festival in Cincinnati, studying with Dr. Melissa Kraut, Alan Rafferty and Dr. Sarah Kim. In 2022, Dalloway received 2nd place in the state-wide MTNA string competition and 2nd place in the regional Brimhall Cello Competition. In the summer of 2021, Dalloway loved being first chair cellist in the Interlochen Symphony Orchestra and touring France and Spain with the Sotto Voce String ensemble. She also loves playing with the Cleo String Quartet, which recently won the ASTA state-wide chamber music competition.