Created in collaboration with the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Breaking Barriers is a curriculum for helping cultural organizations in Utah improve accessibility. Over a series of six virtual workshops, cultural leaders at a wide range of museums, performing arts, festivals, and historical venues learn about how they can make the arts more accessible throughout Utah.
Topics covered during the course include history of the disability rights movement, intersectionality, specific accommodations for different disabilities, and provides a plan to help each organization increase their accessibility in meaningful and specific ways.
The next 6-week cohort begins January 11, 2022. If you are a cultural organization in Utah and are interested in being part of the next cohort, click the link below to apply. Deadline is Friday, December 20 at 5 pm.
Accessibility Training for
We are taking the things we have learned from developing Breaking Barriers and creating a similar curriculum for art teachers and teaching artists. These training sessions will help all creative educators better understand how to overcome their limitations so they can teach all children.
We are grateful for these experts in Utah who are serving as an advisory committee for developing this curriculum:
Executive Director, Jump The Moon, Logan, UT
Elizabeth A. Cutrer-Párraga
Counseling Psychology & Special Education, Brigham Young University
Tara Carpenter Estrada
Assistant Professor of Art Education, Brigham Young University
Art and Special Education Educator
Jean Tokuda Irwin
Arts Education Manager, Utah Division of Arts & Museums
Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program, Professional Outreach Program in the Schools, Fine Arts Standards and Endorsements, Utah State Board of Education
Associate Professor, Special Education Program Coordinator, Counseling Psychology & Special Education, Brigham Young University
Kristen Giesler Paul
Clinical Instructor Emeritus, University of Utah
Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair of Elementary Arts Education, Southern Utah University
Assistant Dean for Arts Education, Utah State University
Arts Access Program Coordinator, Caine College of Arts, Utah State University