About Us

Our History

ArtFirst ArtePrimero started at Emerson Elementary School. I had just moved back from Europe and was expecting our first baby girl, Naeemah. What started off as a way to stay connected to art and children turned out to be what it is today!

Daniel Bergman was the principal at the time at Emerson. Dan wanted to merge the International Pathways Spanish Immersion program from the classroom with the arts in ArtePrimero.

We were housed inside the school for 3 years holding the ArtFirst After School Program and Summer Camp since 2010. We were very successful and we branched out to our own studio in 2014. Our new home at 1549 South 1100 East is warm, colorful and beaming with love and energy from our children and their creations! Our community is very happy with our new art home!

Daniel Bergman was an inspiration to our community and a great supporter of our program. Sadly we lost Dan but his message of living life to the fullest lives on! “Keep on truckin!” ArtFirst ArtePrimero is proud to present the Daniel Bergman scholarship fund through Love Art. A non-profit organization dedicated to exploring art in all communities. If you are a family in need of financial support, we offer scholarships to ArtFirst ArtePrimero. We have never turned any child or family away.

ArtFirst has been successful in our community through word of mouth, kids telling kids, parents telling parents. We truly love our children and art! We hope you join our art community!

Meet Our Team



Yadira Burgoyne


Hello Kids, Hola Niños!

Hola! My name is Yadira Burgoyne, I am a stay at home mom to two wonderful toddler girls. We live in Salt Lake. I was born in Mexico. I started my education at Utah State University, where I met my husband. I continued my Elementary Education K-8 degree from Western Governors University and my Masters in Secondary Language Education from Western Governors University. I taught first grade during my student teaching and taught dual language immersion third grade Spanish for 3 years at Mary Jackson Elementary. I miss being in the classroom. I teach English students in Asia. I am excited to be part of the Arte Primero community and cannot wait to meet your children!

ACADEMIC GOALS: Yadira leads our "Hola Niños," Hello Kids program for toddlers, helping prepare our little ones for kindergarten. Children will have fun learning and being creative!


Suyin Chong

Office Manager & Summer Camp Spanish Instructor

My name is Suyin Chong, I am from Northern Mexico. I have lived in Salt Lake for 18 years and it was love at first sight! We love our community and I am honored to serve our children in our community. I love being a mom to my 4 of children. I love spending time with Art First children, listening to their amazing ideas, teaching Spanish and seeing their creative minds grow!

​SPANISH GOALS: Our goal is for children to learn new words, new phrases in Spanish and practice speaking Spanish. Children will learn Spanish in a fun environment, playing in Spanish, Singing in Spanish & Art in Spanish! All levels welcome from beginner to advanced!


Marla Love

Founder/Director of Art First Arte Primero

Marla Love is the founder and director of the children's art studio Art First Arte Primero, located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Marla's artistic goals are centered around teaching children, to expand their creativity and knowledge of art from around the globe. The Arte Primero model explores artists, art themes and techniques, using a variety of mediums including pastels, watercolors, oil and more. Infused in each art lesson, is discussion of the artist's unique culture and background so students get a fuller picture of the historical context and significance of each artist. Art First offers virtual art instruction and in person for After School programming, Summer Camp and toddler program.

Marla's family is from Morelia Michoacan, Mexico. Both Marla and her mother Rocio Mejía honor the traditions of Mexico by hosting community celebrations for Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead.

Marla Love shares her love for art with her two daughters Naeemah and Jaseena who serve as her inspiration every day. She is passionate about art creativity and techniques, and is honored to work with children to expand their cultural understanding through art.

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