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Massachusetts Art Education Association

The mission of the Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA) is to advance high quality visual arts education throughout the state by empowering art educators to excel in the practice, instruction, promotion, and celebration of visual art.

HS Photography 2017
January 12, 2018
"Building Community Through Art"
Massachusetts Transportation Building | Boston, MA
February 5 - March 27, 2018
March 4 | 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Parent invitation letter in Word: individualize parent/guardian name, type of artwork, student's name, and your name in this word doc - click here

Click here for the YAM webpage with all information.

HS Photography 2017
January 29, 2018
MAEA is sponsoring a juried art exhibit for high school students, grades 9 - 12, open to MAEA members only. Entries reflect original artwork from students in public and private schools. The exhibition will coincide with the Youth Art Month exhibit at the Massachusetts Transportation Building with an awards ceremony on February 11, 2018.

Click here for the gallery of award winners and category winners.

Congratulations to all the students who have work in this juried exhibit for students of MAEA members in grades 9-12.

Congratulations to Tinka Gaffney from Somerville High School, winner of the Davis Publications Award - $500, Sydney White from Braintree High School, winner of the Virginia M. Diani Adams Memorial Award - $200, Fiona Marques from Fairhaven High School, winner of the Hat Sisters Award - $200, Katherine Mead from Newburyport High School, Jailine Hernandez from Lawrence High School, and Thuan Nguyen from Lynn Classical High School, winners of the MAEA Art Educator Awards - $50.

February 5 - March 27, 2018
Open weekdays 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.except Presidents' Day.

Click here for more information.

February 19, 2018
Welcome to Our New and Returning Board Members

The MAEA Executive Committee is happy to welcome our new and returning MAEA board members.

Please join us in welcoming Tamera Burns who is stepping into the role of Secondary Division Director, Tobey Eugenio who is stepping into the role of Middle Level Division Director, Kate Egnaczak who is stepping into the role of Publication Editor, and Heidi Hurley who stepped into the role of NAHS Representative at the end of last year.

We are also happy to have Erin Sutton, who finished serving as the Special Needs Representative step into the role of Exhibitions Committee Chair, and Stacy Lord, who transitioned from Middle Level Division Director to Community Arts Representative. Finally, thank you to Billy Claire, Sheila Tetler, who are continuing in their roles as Independent Schools Representative/Webmaster, and Retired Representative.

February 19, 2018
Save the Date
Exhibit Opportunities

The MAEA Exhibitions Committee is working to finalize details for two upcoming exhibit opportunities.

Please save the date for the 2018 Art Educators of Massachusetts Exhibit, April 28 - June 9. Submission deadline March 28, 2018.

MAEA will also be putting together our first ever Early Childhood Exhibit in June, 2018. More information coming soon.

Questions about either exhibit? Please email our Exhibitions Committee Chair Erin Sutton at

February 19, 2018
ESE Looking for Volunteers
Review the 1999 Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) initiated a process to review the 1999 Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework, and are looking for volunteers to help. This framework provides educators from across Massachusetts a clear set of expectations for arts education. They are currently recruiting for several different roles to support the review process. Please consider becoming a facilitator, joining the review panel, or helping to identify opportunities to integrate the arts with other subject areas.

The deadline for applying for the role of facilitator for the visual arts is March 23, 2018. The deadline for applying to join the review panel or the integration committee is April 20, 2018.

Please see the linked descriptions for more detailed information. ESE is looking for diverse perspectives and encourages those from typically underrepresented groups to apply.

If you have any questions, please contact Craig Waterman at

Janet Echelman
February 19, 2018
Taking Imagination Seriously
Lecture by Janet Echelman

March 27, 2018 | 4:00 p.m.
Grand Reading Room, 1st Floor
Claire T. Carney Library
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA

The 30th year celebration continues! The Art All-State Committee has acquired a generous grant from the University of Massachusetts Office of the President to support some professional development offerings for art teachers! Join us for the lecture, and stay for a Q&A and reception to follow.

This event is free and open to the public. Kindly RSVP as seating is limited. Made possible by a grant from the UMass President's Creative Economy Initiatives Fund.

Click here to RSVP

Lecture Description
How can we enhance public spaces in cities so that they engage individuals and community? What can encourage us to slow down and take a moment of pause in our busy lives? Janet Echelman shares her journey exploring these questions in cities from London, Amsterdam, and Boston to San Francisco, Singapore, and Sydney.

Echelman found her voice as an artist when her paints went missing, which forced her to look towards hersurroundings and at a new art material - fishing nets. Now she makes billowing sculpture the scale of buildings that become inviting focal points for civic life. She combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create monumental, ultra-lightweight art that moves gently with the wind.

She has collaborated with technologists and computer scientists to create custom software tools for soft-body modeling, in addition to developing platforms that enable members of the public to interact with her artwork, using cellphones to project gestures directly onto the sculpture surface. The result is a communal urban experience that is simultaneously virtual and physical.

Recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, her TED talk "Taking Imagination Seriously" has been translated into 34 languages with more than one million views, and her work was ranked number one on Oprah Magazine's "List of 50 Things that Make You Say Wow!" Recently, she was named an Architectural Digest Innovator for "changing the very essence of urban spaces" and received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Arts, honoring "the greatest innovators in America today."

February 5, 2018
Chestnut Hill, MA
April 23 - 27, 2018

There are 18 committed schools for this year’s SISAL event! Click below to find the 2018 Full Submission Instructions (including categories, dates and drop off instructions), Inventory Sheets, Entry Forms, and driving directions to Brimmer and May.

More information is available on the Independent School page - click here.

HS Photography 2017
January 23, 2018
Worcester Art Museum
March 7 - April 2, 2018


Click here for the YAM WAM Worcester webpage with all information.

Click here for other regional YAM exhibits.

January 10, 2018
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Certification & Teaching Internship Specialist / Staff Associate
New listing now open.
Click here for details.

December 1, 2017
The MAEA News | New Issue now available
Volume 3 Issue 2

Issue 2 just released featuring President’s Message, Upcoming Events, One Teacher’s Experience at the Power of Art Conference, Cooperative Art - Beyond Inclusion in the Art Room, Massachusetts Amazing Emerging Artists: New Recognitions Exhibit, Altered Journaling: A Small Way to Rediscover Personal Art Making
Choices in the Elementary Art Room, Braintree High School’s NAHS Chapter, Youth Art Month 2018.

Click here for the pdf.

HS Photography 2017
November 15, 2017

Refer a new member to MAEA and YOU* will get a free subscription to School Arts Magazine from Davis Publications.

The new member you refer will also get a treat - 25% off Registration for the 2019 MAEA Conference.

Visit - the new member must list you under “referred by” when joining through NAEA.

Questions? Email

* Open to the first 50 participants.

October 22, 2017
Art All-State 2018
New information about Art All-State 2018 including application instructions - click here.

March 29, 2017

Major Advances for Massachusetts Arts Education!

State education leaders praised for adopting measures to increase arts access and visibility

BOSTON, March 29, 2017-The Arts for All Coalition today praised the state's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for adopting new guidelines that will prioritize arts education for students across the Commonwealth. The new guidelines were written in response to a new federal law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which emphasizes every student's access to a well-rounded education, including the arts.

  Under the new DESE plan, every school district will report arts education access and participation data on their school and district "report cards." This will give transparency to parents, students, and communities as to the status of arts education in every community in Massachusetts. State education leaders have also committed to revising the Arts Curriculum Framework, which was last amended in 1999. Curriculum frameworks are the guides districts and schools use to develop local curricula and to determine a quality education in each subject area.

  "Business leaders consistently report that new hires are lacking in creativity, innovation, and other 21st-century skills that the arts help to develop, so we're proud to see Massachusetts leading on this front," said Arts|Learning Executive Director, Jonathan Rappaport. "These new guidelines will ensure that arts education is something that is necessary for every district and school in the state."

  Passed by Congress in late 2015 with overwhelming bipartisan support, ESSA includes instruction in the arts in the federal definition of a "well-rounded education." In preparation for implementation of ESSA for the 2017-18 academic year, each state must revise its accountability plan for school districts to reflect this new definition. In addition to test scores, accountability standards must include other indicators of school quality, such as measures of participation in arts instruction.

  DESE officials spent 10 months researching district needs for the new guidelines and meeting with key stakeholders. The Arts for All Coalition, which consists of MASSCreative, Arts|Learning, Edvestors, Boston Public Schools, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Young Audiences of Massachusetts, MassINC, and Project LEARN-Lowell, engaged in the process providing research and public input on the importance of arts education in a well-rounded education. One of the state's educational challenges identified during this process was that six percent of elementary students (over 35,000 students!) and 50 percent of high school students do not have the opportunity to engage in quality arts instruction.

John Michael Gray
September 27, 2016
Remembering John Michael Gray

Please click here for the page dedicated to our friend, John Michael Gray.


Your NAEA membership automatically makes you a member of MAEA! Click here to go directly to NAEA's webpage for joining or renewing membership.

Please note: it will take a few days before we receive the new member list from NAEA - your log-in won't work for MAEA members until we receive that list.
New and Noteworthy

February 8, 2018
Get Involved in Your State Organization - Join Us at Our Next Board Meeting!

All members are welcome.
Our next meeting will be:

March 15 - Acton

For more information and to RSVP, contact our secretary, Coni Moore:

2018 Meetings scheduled:

• March 15 - Acton
• April 9 - TBA
• May 3 - New Bedford
• June 14 - Braintree

Click here for the current MAEA Calendar of events.

December 2017
ELECTIONS: Congratulations to...

All positions start January 1, 2018

• Tamera Burns |Secondary Division Director
• Tobey Eugenio | Middle Level Division Director
• Kate Egnaczak | Publication Editor
• Heidi Hurley | NAHS Representative
• Erin Sutton | Exhibitions Committee Chair
• Stacy Lord | Community Arts Representative

Open positions: Special Needs, Pre-Service, Supervision/ Administration Division Director.
Description of all positions are in the bylaws.


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