Father and child at the Juneteenth 2023 event

Summer Family Art Program:
Stained-Glass Stories

Come to Roots of Knowledge this summer to explore animal tales from around the world, including stories of trickster spiders, magical rabbits, and mythical beasts! This 90-minute program includes storytelling, gallery activities, and art making for children ages 5-12 and their caregivers. Stained-Glass Stories is free, but registration is required.

  • Animal Stories from Mesoamerica: Learn about the animals central to Aztec and Mayan creation myths and create your own feathered headdress to take home. June 29, 10:00 am-11:30 am
  • Animal Stories from Africa: Learn about Anansi the trickster spider and other characters from African folktales and create your own celebratory animal mask to take home. July 20, 10:00 am-11:30 am
  • Animal Stories from Ancient Greece: Learn about imaginary beasts from Greek mythology and create your own mythological Grecian urn to take home. August 3, 10:00 am-11:30 am

Registration for these events opens on June 15th.

K-12 Programs

Roots of Knowledge offers a variety of dynamic, hands-on learning experiences for K–12 students. Self-guided school tours, the Finding Home elementary program, and online teacher resources introduce students and educators to new modes of understanding, ignite curiosity, inspire close looking, and foster self-reflection in connection with the renowned stained-glass mural.

Self-Guided Tours (K-12)

Groups participating in the self-guided tour receive an introduction to Roots of Knowledge, 60 minutes of self-directed gallery time, and themed scavenger hunts to use at their leisure.

  • Available for K-12 groups of up to 90 students.
  • Offered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday during library hours.

Field Trip Registration

Scavenger Hunts

Image of people looking at the Roots of Knowledge

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Finding Home Program (K-6)

Groups participating in the Finding Home program receive a 60-minute interactive tour through the gallery, a 60-minute art-making activity, and a school program packet rooted in Utah Core Standards and centered around themes of home, community, and belonging. School groups can spend an additional 60 minutes in the gallery afterward to eat lunch or spend more time at the installation.

  • Available for K-6 groups of up to 70 students.
  • Offered Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 am.

Field Trip Registration

Teacher RESOURCES

  • Image of teacher and students in the Roots of Knowledge

    ”I have taken my class on numerous field trips this year. This has been the best field trip we have been on. It connected to the social studies standards while incorporating language arts, social and emotional learning, and art standards in. It was hands on and informative all at the same time. My students were engaged in their learning in way that not every program has offered us this year. I can't wait to bring my next group of students back.”

    - 6th Grade Teacher, Indian Hills Elementary

  • Image of people inside the Roots of Knowledge

    “The art is beautiful! In 3rd grade we learn about the Native American people, so I loved the connections made with that, and they even got to make their own carving in the clay. I enjoyed the creativity of them making their own home, and I loved that they were trying to think of one of the aspects they wanted to create in their home.”

    - 3rd Grade Teacher, Wasatch Elementary

  • Image of a student in the Roots of Knowledge

    “Thank you for the amazing field trip. I liked all the facts about the stained glass and the stories behind them. But I also loved making the houses. That was one of my favorite field trips. Thank you so much.”

    - 4th Grader, Westfield Elementary School

  • Image of child and a parent in the Roots of Knowledge, the child has painting supplies in front of them

    “Thank you for letting us come! I loved being at UVU. The art was so pretty! I can’t believe how these people made such a pretty stained-glass wall for all of us to see and enjoy! Four years is a lot of work! My favorite picture was the tree that looked like a hand holding a torch!”

    - 2nd grader, Sunset View Elementary