"Art education is essential to the success of children as individuals and as citizens.  But no single group can bring quality art teaching programs to Utah schools; we all have to work together."
- Beverley Taylor Sorenson

titleThe collaborative efforts housed in the new Complex will be guided by a newly created national Center for Research & Excellence in the Arts & Teacher Education (CREATE), guided jointly by the Colleges of Education and Fine Arts, which will coordinate and promote all key activities. The Center will be guided by a world-class interdisciplinary team of senior, mid-career, and junior faculty members.

Three of the College of Education's academic centers will also be located in the Complex: the Center for Math and Science Education; The Utah Education Policy Center; and The Center for the Advancement of Technology in Education.

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In addition, the Complex will provide a new home for the College of Fine Arts' nationally recognized Tanner Dance Program, which provides dance instruction for young people of all ages and professional development for teachers. Tanner Dance is a member of the Youth Arts Division, a coordinating body representing all university arts programs - academic and professional - that provide youth arts education and professional development. Representing multiple art forms, including dance, music, theatre, visual arts and film, all Youth Arts Division members (ArtsBridge Program, Kingsbury Hall's Outreach Program, Music Preparatory Division, Pioneer Theatre's School Matinee Program, Tanner Dance Program, Utah Museum of Fine Arts' Education Program, Youth Theatre at the U) will be key partners in implementing Complex activities.

Additional partners include arts works for kids!, University Neighborhood Partners, the Utah Arts Council, and the Utah State Office of Education.