Roene B. DiFiore

It was planned, that first Fall Quarter of 1967, to start the Program Bureau as an extracurricular activity, drafting the students into a pool of talent, once discovered. The first group consisted of seven students in a sight singing class, plus five others who were truly “drafted” into the group. For lack of a better name, they were called the “Dixie Dozen”, and immediately embarked upon a number of programs locally and in a few schools around the area. The rest is history…

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“Knowing the commitment to educate our children for the future and provide them with a well-rounded education is one of the greatest responsibilities we have as a society. The Roene B. DiFiore Center for Arts and Education has been established to influence, inspire with confidence and encourage young students to cultivate their artistic and creative desire to further their education.  Our goal is to support and give incentive to those young people yearning to indoctrinate the fine arts as tools for learning.  It is essential that all children are given an equal opportunity of creative expression while discovering the joys of learning . . . !”



“Artistic Resource for Teachers and Students, (A.R.T.S.) Inc. a nonprofit collaboration of Education, Business, and Community since 1959, committed to strengthening the influence of Fine Arts in our children’s education.”



A.R.T.S., Inc., formerly known as Young Audiences of Utah, now in its fifty-eighth-year of operation, was founded in 1959 by Camille S. Pembroke which brought Utah Symphony musicians into the Salt Lake City public schools. With the great success of this project, by 1961 programming expanded to include all public schools in Salt Lake and Davis Counties. By the fall of 2016, all forty-one Utah school districts have experienced our programming, reaching more than 300 schools each year with professional arts and education programming. A.R.T.S., Inc. is a leading source of arts and education for the State of Utah, reaching more than 200,000 individuals annually. It is our goal to help a broad network of fine arts’ organizations to play an active role in children’s development. Working collectively we assist educators, parents, and communities to provide a teaching and learning environment, where children discover the joys of learning through the arts. A.R.T.S., Inc. provides Arts and Education programming that not only entertains and educates, but is an excellent support for the Utah State Core-Curriculum.