Please join us for the 2017 Common Good Awards! Every year, Envision Utah honors nonprofits, individuals, and private organizations that make significant contributions to the common good of our state and community.

CGA 2017

Please join us for the Common Good Awards on December 1 as we honor this years award recipients. We will be joined by esteemed keynote speaker, Amanda Ripley.

This year’s event focuses on the serious teacher shortage affecting Utah's education system. As a part of Envision Utah’s teacher initiative, we will address the scope of the shortage and highlight steps we can all take to elevate the teaching profession and ensure every child is getting a great education in Utah.

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At this year's Common Good Awards, we are proud to honor two outstanding programs that are having incredible impacts on Utahns across the state.

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Established in 1995 by Beverley Taylor Sorenson, Art Works for Kids is a private, non-profit advocacy and granting organization that promotes an integrated arts teaching model that emphasizes collaborative teaching and planning between classroom teachers and arts teachers. Thousands of classroom and arts teachers have received professional development in arts integration through the workshops sponsored by Art Works for Kids.

Throughout her life, Beverley was a tireless champion for the arts. She began developing an integrated arts teaching model by collaborating with arts education professionals, state organizations, and higher education institutions throughout Utah. In 2008, the Utah State Legislature adopted the model, named it the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program in Beverley’s honor, and has since provided the funding needed to place the program in a portion of elementary schools across the state. Until she passed away at the age of 89, Beverley was a fixture at Capitol Hill, and she committed her time and efforts to lobbying the legislature for more funding to ensure that every elementary child in Utah receives the benefits of an arts-rich education through this program. 

Today the BTS Program reaches more than 84% of elementary school students in Utah, in nearly 400 schools across 36 districts. Program administrators collaborate with the Utah State Office of Education, Utah Arts Council, Utah PTA, higher education institutions, and other community organizations, and to date has helped more than 300,000 Utah school children across the state receive the arts-rich education they deserve.

The Utah Women & Leadership Project's mission is to strengthen the impact of Utah girls and women through informing, engaging, and developing their voices, confidence, influence, and leadership. They aim to accomplish this mission by:

  • Publishing briefs and reports, providing conferences, workshops, and seminars to help prepare and advance women of all ages for leadership,
  • Gathering existing resources and create new ones;
  • Assisting women in finding women's groups, networks, and associations statewide; and
  • Partnering and collaborating with other Utah women’s organizations, networks, and groups.

The Utah Women & Leadership Project was first conceived as the The Utah Women & Education Initiative. The Initative was founded by Dr. Susan R. Madsen in 2009 after she led a research team and over 100 individuals to investigate what might be done to get more Utah women to attend college and then graduate. The Utah Women & Education Initiative was established to help increase the number of Utah women completing postsecondary education so they can realize their own potential for positive influence and contributions to the public and private good, positively influence and contribute in family, societal, and work contexts, and more effectively contribute to local, social, and economic development of the state. The project's work focuses on getting research and messaging out to girls, women, and influencers on why college is so important; promoted through using social media and blogs, offering and expanding resources, conducting research, giving presentations and workshops, and collaborating with critical partners.

In 2011-2012, Dr. Madsen worked with Governor Herbert and his staff to create the Utah Women’s College Taskforce that resulted in a report to the state calling for change. She has worked tirelessly to increase awareness and generate resources that will help convince more Utah women to graduate from college. As part of her work on the Utah Women & Leadership Project, she has written and released ten research and policy briefs and ten Utah Women Stats research snapshots through this Project on issues related to strengthening the impact of Utah women.



Amanda Ripley is an investigative journalist for Time, The Atlantic and other magazines. She is the author, most recently, of The Smartest Kids in the World--and How They Got That Way, a New York Times bestseller. Her first book, The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes--and Why, was published in 15 countries and turned into a PBS documentary. Amanda is a Senior Fellow at the Emerson Collective.

In her books and magazine writing, Amanda explores the gap between public policy and human behavior. How does the brain learn--and how does that compare to what children do in school all day? How do people behave under extreme stress, and how can we do better?

 Last year's education-focused event featuring Dana Suskind was a massive success--click here for more information on 2016's Common Good Awards. 


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