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UVU To Present 5th Annual Arts in Education Conference ‘Cultivating The Creative Mind: Designing Collaborative Spaces’

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December 11, 2012

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by:  Doris Hudson de Trujillo (801) 863-6444

Utah Valley University’s School of the Arts and School of Education will present the 5th annual Arts in Education Conference, “Cultivating the Creative Mind: Designing Collaborative Spaces,” on Jan. 11 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the UVU Sorensen Student Center. The conference promotes the arts, creativity, innovation, and collaboration as essential 21st century education skills in education.

The Arts in Education Conference is the first of its kind in the state of Utah, designed for K-12 pre-service students and faculty, arts specialists, professional educators, administrators and individuals interested in educational theories and practices.

Rex E. Jung, assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico and a practicing clinical neuropsychologist in Albuquerque, N.M., is the featured keynote speaker. His presentation, “I Sing the Brain Creative: The Neuroscience of Innovation,” will be presented at 9 a.m. It will be followed by a panel discussion presented by experts in the fields of the arts, education, science and literature that will provide insights into current research and its application in education and related fields.

Jung received his doctorate in psychology from the University of New Mexico, and completed an internship in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Behavioral Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, Texas. His research is designed to relate behavioral measures including intelligence, personality and creativity to brain function and structure in healthy, neurological and psychiatric subjects. He has published over 60 research articles across a wide range of disciplines including traumatic brain injury, systemic lupus erythematosus, schizophrenia, intelligence and creativity. Jung’s research has been featured at the TED Conference and in popular media outlets including CNN, BBC, Psychology Today, New Scientist, The New York Times and Newsweek.

Jung will also present a 1:15 p.m. breakout session, “Mad Genius: The Relationship Between Creativity and Psychopathology and other Neuromythologies.”

An esteemed faculty of specialists in arts education, the arts and related fields will present performance, panel, poster and workshop sessions. These sessions will be dedicated to research in arts education and its practical application in the K-12 classroom. Hands-on workshops focused on art-specific pedagogy and integration in the classroom will be presented in dance, music, drama and visual arts. Conference participants will engage in methods and strategies based in current research to use within K-12 and university classrooms.

The conference is presented and co-sponsored by the generous support of UVU’s School of Arts, School of Education, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Office of Academic Affairs, Noorda Regional Theatre Center for Children and Youth, the Utah Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The conference is free for UVU students and faculty but registration is required. Students and faculty may add a $12 lunch ticket to their registration. Non-UVU participants can early register before Dec. 10 for $35, which includes lunch. After that date, the standard registration fee is $49. School teams are encouraged to attend and will receive a group rate. To register, visit www.uvu.edu/ce/artsconference.

Rex E. Jung


About UVU

Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.

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