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Utah educators win inaugural Sorenson Legacy Awards for arts education
Education » Nineteen educators, administrators and volunteers were chosen based on their work providing arts education in Utah public schools.


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Iron County School District

Pamela Robinson, administrator of arts education

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Robinson, principal of Escalante Valley Elementary, is dedicated to making sure that the children in her school have the opportunity to experience art of all kinds, are proud of their work, and have their work properly displayed for all to see. As a 3rd grader, Robinson was struggling with academics when she was inspired by an art teacher who displayed her watercolor of seahorses clinging to seaweed. "Whatever it is that makes a student feel the way I felt at that moment, we need to provide it," she says.

Ogden School District

Bruce Burningham, visual arts instruction, Ogden High School

Burningham places art as the center of student work, which helps to remove social and language barriers that might isolate some students. At Ogden High School, more than 25 percent of students are non-native English speakers and over 65 percent are from low-income households.

Salt Lake City School District

Hilary Carrier, dance instruction, West High School


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Carrier helps her peers develop their professional skills, often hosting festivals and symposia, and organized a district dance teachers’ collaborative study group.

Patrick Eddington, visual arts instruction, Highland High School

In December, Eddington writes a holiday letter to each of his students, describing their specific strengths and encouraging them to continue developing their talents. He urges students to think about their futures, in college or in an occupation, and helps students apply for schools and scholarships.

Budge Porritt, Jr., music instruction

Porritt Jr. first joined the school band at age 11, using a clarinet his father had rescued from a neighbor’s attic. He mastered the clarinet and went on to learn trumpet, trombone, violin, cello, flute, saxophone, French horn, guitar and drums.

Nebo School District

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