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Arts Integration Conference

Weber State University

Friday, March 28, 2014

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


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The Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities and the Jerry & Vickie Moyes College of Education are pleased to announce a partnership between Weber State University and the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program.


Our programming is supported by generous funding from:

Sorenson Legacy Foundation

Val A. Browning Charitable Foundation

Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities

Marriner S. Eccles Foundation

Utah State Office of Education


Keynote Workshop


Erik Stern

Creative and Critical Thinking: 

An Active Arts Learning Approach


How are these two crucial thinking processes linked? This session will get participants actively experiencing how the arts (dance in particular) and mathematics can reinforce each other and develop creative and critical thinking skills.


Erik Stern and collaborator Karl Schaffer are co-artistic directors of The Dr. Schaffer and Mr. Stern Dance Ensemble, and have been revealing the surprising connections between dance and mathematics for more than twenty years. Their book Math Dance, written with Scott Kim, is a step-by-step supplement to the workshops and performances they have conducted internationally. With backgrounds in science, mathematics and the arts, Stern and Schaffer’s activities get at the heart of creative and critical thinking, connect to state and national standards in both disciplines, and led to their becoming Teaching Artists with the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program. Stern’s participatory keynote on critical and creative thinking was originally developed in his role as a Lead Teaching Artist with the “Straight A’s: Arts Advance Academic Achievement Summer Institute,” a federally funded multi-year program for Birmingham, Alabama inner-city 4th grade teachers. Stern is professor in Weber State University’s Department of Performing Arts. See his TEDxTalk at (

Master Classes

Gillian McNally 

Engaging and Imaginative 

Creative Drama Strategies 

for the Classroom


In this hands-on workshop, participants will engage in a creative drama lesson plan focusing on bringing a story to life. Creative Drama strategies include: narrative pantomime, dramatic activities, story dramatization, role drama, and improvisation. At the end of the sample unit, teachers will reflect and apply strategies to their individual classroom situations.


Gillian McNally’s areas of expertise include community engagement, arts integration, youth theatre, theatre for young audiences, creative drama and professional development for teachers. McNally is the recipient of the Alliance for Colorado Theatre’s 2011 Higher Education Theatre Educator of the Year Award. Her writing has been published in Stage of the Art, Incite/Insight, and Theatre for Young Audiences Today. A proud Longhorn, she holds an MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth from The University of Texas at Austin.


Thomas Priest 

Music and Imagination: 

Exploring Connections between 

Music, Language Arts and Mathematics


In this interactive workshop, participants will explore their understanding of music, language and rhythmic durations through movement, and brainstorming. 


 Thomas Priest serves as Director of Music Education at Weber State University. Priest’s writing appears in Contributions to Music Education, The Journal of Research in Music Education, The Music Educators Journal, Psychology of Music, and The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. He has served as Vice President of Higher Education on the Utah Music Educator's Executive Board. Priest holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University-Bloomington, a Masters of Music degree in Bassoon from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and a Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in music from the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana. 



Molly Morin & Julian Chan 

Describing Sculpture Through 

Counting and Calculating


In this workshop, participants will use algebra and geometry to describe the physical properties of sculpture, and apply mathematical concepts in building works of art. Teachers will walk away with a class sample and a model for building a math lesson around a work of art.


Molly Morin is an Assistant Professor and Foundations Coordinator for the Department of Visual Arts at Weber State University. Morin uses digital methods, including computer coding, 3D modeling, and digital  photo-editing to produce work that explores the difficult relationship between information and meaning. Her projects visualize data sets generated from a wide range of texts, from poetry to text messages, and reflect on the impact of communication technology on daily life. Morin has worked with the Notre Dame Digital Visualization Theater and the Center for Research Computing to produce collaborative code-based work, and exhibits nationally at university and community galleries. She received her MFA from Clemson University and her BFA from The University of Notre Dame.


Julian Chan has been a mathematics educator for over eight years, and he is currently an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Weber State University. His teaching practices focus on inquiry based learning, and making math interesting for students. He has a PhD in Mathematics and Masters in Statistics from the University of Utah.


Gallery Experience

Return to the Sea: Saltworks 

by Motoi Yamamoto


This exhibition features the artist, Motoi Yamamoto, creating a salt installation—a piece named Floating Garden—along with a series of recent drawings, photography, sketchbooks, a video about the artist, and a 170-page color catalogue documenting fourteen years of the artist’s saltworks around the world.