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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
November 20, 2017
The Youth Art Month Show is coming soon - registration is now open.
Flag contest information updated as well.

Click here for the YAM webpage with all information.
Click here for other regional YAM exhibits.

HS Photography 2017
December 9, 2017
NEW OPPORTUNITY - Deadline for entries is December 11!
MAEA is sponsoiring 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 deadline for digital submissions is December 11, 2017. MAEA members may submit up to four entries each. There is a $5.00 fee per entry. The exhibiton will coincide with the Youth Art Month exhibit at the State Transportation Building with an awards ceremony on February 11, 2018. EXHIBIT DATES: February 5 - March 27, 2018
Open weekdays 9:00 - 5:00 except Presidents' Day.

Click here for more information.

Want to contribute to the MAEA Members Art Educator Award? We have a Paypal link specifically designated for members who would like to contribute to the MAEA Members Scholarship Award. Click here for the Paypal page.

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.

November 30, 2017
FREE Critique event with RISD Adjunct Prof Clara Lieu
Concord Center for Visual Arts
Sat., Jan. 14, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

After art school, opportunities to have your artwork critiqued by professionals are scarce. Here’s your chance! Bring 1-3 pieces of your artwork to be critiqued by Prof Lieu and other participating artists. There will be 2 group critiques, one from 12:30pm-1:55pm and another from 2:05-3:30pm. You must stay for the entire duration of the group critique you are in. Each artist will present their artwork briefly to the group and then receive constructive feedback and suggestions on their artwork from everyone. Join us for an afternoon of lively discussion, a vibrant exchange of ideas, and artistic inspiration! This event is free, but registration is required.

Questions? Visit or email

MAEA members receive advance registration now through Thurs., December 7, click here to register.
Registration for the public opens Fri., Dec. 8.

HS Photography 2017
November 30, 2017
"(All) Art Is Political(!?!)"

Lesley University's College of Art and Design will host an exhibition of artwork by students who attend schools associated with AANEPS.  The exhibition includes work by roughly 125 students from seventeen preparatory schools -- including St. Marks, Thayer Academic, BB&N, Milton Academy, Winsor School, etc. 
Opening Reception: December 1 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Lunder Arts Center.

Click here for the Independent School webpage with all information.

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.

HS Photography 2017
November 15, 2017
December 2 - 5:00 p.m.

Join President-Elect Melissa Mastrolia at a screening of the new movie, Loving Vincent. Get your tickets at

RSVP after you purchase tickets to

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

September 21, 2017
MAEA NAHS Exhibition: Taking Shape
Important Dates and Information

National Art Honor Society (NAHS) chapter sponsors are invited to submit their NAHS student work for the annual NAHS exhibit Taking Shape at Hampshire College, Amherst in conjunction with the 2017 MAEA conference Shaping Human Potential.

Click here for complete information.

June 19, 2017
The MAEA News | New Issue now available
Volume 3 Issue 1

Volume 3 Issue 1 just released featuring:
Letter from our President, Laura Marotta; Upcoming Events; Journey to TAB; Revamping the YAM Flag/Banner Design; Youth Art Month Exhbitis; Cosmetology, Science, and Racism: A Unit on Art Literacy Centered in Students’ Lives; Starting a Chapter of the National Art Honor Society.

Click here for the pdf.

June Krinsky-Rudder
May 2, 2017

2017 Arts|Learning
Lynn S. Feldman Visual Arts Award

MAEA would like to congratulate June Krinsky-Rudder on receiving the prestigious 2017 Arts|Learning “Lynn S. Feldman Visual Arts Award.”

From Arts|Learning: This Champion of Arts Education Advocacy Award recognize arts educators for: (1) demonstrated leadership in advocating for a specific arts discipline and overall arts education; (2) superior teaching in one of the four disciplines of dance, music, theatre, or visual arts; (3) creation of model arts programs and partnerships; (4) use of Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework and National Standards for Arts Education; (5) use of arts and cultural resources; and (6) support of opportunities for multicultural learning and interdisciplinary planning. On behalf of all of us at Arts|Learning, we applaud June's efforts in providing, supporting, and advocating for quality arts education. Such efforts have a lasting impact on the quality of life throughout our commonwealth and nation.

CVPA Summer 2017
April 21, 2017
SEI/ELL & Special Needs for Art Educators

UMASS Dartmouth

Differential Learning or Different Teaching?
Relating to Students with Special Needs in K-12 Art Classes
July 5 - 7 // VPA 500-8101
July 17 - 19 // VPA 500-8102
Cost: $150 // Maura & Peter Geisser

Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) for Arts Educators
June 28 - June 30 // VPA 501-8101
July 10 - 12 // VPA 501-8102
Cost: $150 // Constance Moore

Click here for more information.

April 3, 2017
"Art Educators of Massachusetts"
MAEA Summer Juried Exhibit

You've shared your students work, now it's time to share what you've been creating. Active and retired art educators working in Massachusetts are invited to submit their 2D and 3D artwork for the annual summer juried exhibit "Art Educators of Massachusetts." This exhibit opportunity is free to MAEA members. The jury for the exhibit will be art educators who are members of the Massachusetts Art Education Association Board.

Monday, May 22 - Friday, September 15, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Monday - Friday (Closed Holidays & Weekends)
Massachusetts State Transportation Building, Boston

Closing Reception: Friday September 15, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

May 1, 2017


Studio Institute's ARTS Intern Program places undergraduates from diverse cultural backgrounds in paid summer internships at museums and cultural institutions. In 2017, this program will operate in New York City, Boston, Cleveland, and Philadelphia.
Click here for more information.

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.

January 13, 2017
SISAL Member School Art Exhibit

The 2017 SISAL member schools' art exhibit will be held at The Carroll School in Lincoln in May 2017. The exhibition will be up and open to the public May 1 - May 5, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Click here for more information.

December 8, 2016
AANEPS Exhibit at Lesley University

Lesley University's College of Art and Design is currently hosting an exhibition of artwork by students who attend schools associated with Art Association of New England Preparatory Schools (AANEPS).  The exhibition includes work by roughly 120 students from thirteen different preparatory schools -- including St. Marks, Thayer Academic, BB&N, Milton Academy, Winsor School, etc.  For this project, the students were asked to produce work that explored the concept of "identity."

Click here to go to the Independent Schools page for more information.

Art Allstate
December 4, 2016

The Massachusetts Art Education Association and CVPA at UMass Dartmouth are proud to announce that Art All-State Massachusetts will celebrate its 30th year in 2017.

The application portal is now open - go to the Art All-State page for complete information - click here.

Each school and/or program may nominate two high school juniors.
Important Dates 
January 31: Application Materials Due 
March 10 and 17: Student Interviews 
June 9 and 10: Art All-State 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 
or call 508.999.9204 

Conference 2016
November 12, 2016
November 12 and 13, 2016
Lesley University | Cambridge MA

The 2016 MAEA Conference took place on November 12 and 13 in Cambridge, MA hosted by Lesley University.

Jane Best's Keynote Address and accompanying pdf's - click here.

Click here for the conference page.

John Michael Gray
September 27, 2016
Remembering John Michael Gray

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

October 29, 2016
Independent School Conference Opportunities

ISAIA - December 2- 4, 2016

Click here for more information.

Educators of the year 2017
October 4, 2016
MAEA Art Educators of the Year 2017

MAEA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Massachusetts Art Educators of the Year. The Massachusetts Art Education Association will present the awards at MAEA’s Annual Conference at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.

Click here for the list of award recipients on the awards page.

September 22, 2016
High School Photography Exhibit
October 3 - November 18, 2016
State Transportation Building | Boston

The Massachusetts Art Education Association is continuing a series of art education exhibitions in the second floor atrium/gallery space at the State Transportation Building in Boston.

Photography teachers for grades 9 - 12 have submitted student work for a "first" exhibit of the 2016 - 2017 school year. The past photography exhibits were very well received, and we had lot of positive feedback from students, parents, and teachers as well as the general public and employees in the State Transportation Building. 

The exhibit will open on Monday, October 3, 2016. It will hang until Friday, November 18, 2016.

Stacy Lord
November 10, 2015
Art, Science, and the Stratosphere

Worcester public schools art educator Stacy Lord was accepted to the NASA SOFIA program. The rescheduled launch into the stratosphere is now scheduled for November 11 - 15.

Read the entire article - click here for the pdf.


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

November 14, 2017
Get Involved in Your State Organization - Join Us at Our Next Board Meeting!

All members are welcome.
Our next meeting will be:

• December 18 - Fay School

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

2017 Meetings scheduled:

• December 18 - Fay School

2018 Meetings scheduled:

• January - TBD

December 17, 2016
ELECTIONS: Congratulations to...

All positions start January 1, 2017

• Laura Marotta - President
• Melissa Hayes - President-Elect
• Coni Moore - Interim Secretary
• Helen Downey - Treasurer
• Mary Geisser - Early Childhood Representative
• Billy Claire - Independent Schools Representative
• Sheila Tetler- Retired Representative
• Erin Sutton - Special Needs Representative
• Jessica Sassaman - Elementary Representative
• Carolann Tebbetts - Secondary Schools Representative
• Liz Rudnick Reiser - Awards Committee Chair
• Alyssa Champagne - Museum Representative

Open positions: NAHS, Higher Education, Pre-service. Description of all positions are in the bylaws.

November 25, 2015

Check out the presentations, handouts, PowerPoints, and other downloads from the conference! Even if you weren't able to go, you can check out the presentations. Currently there are many workshops with downloads as well as archived presentations from previous conferences!


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