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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
The Youth Art Month Show drop-off locations have been updated. Drop-off dates vary - please see the drop-off page - link below.

Youth Art Month Flag/Banner Design Contest
Due January 19, 2018 - Deadline Extended!

Click here for the YAM webpage with all information.

Click here for drop-off site information.

Click here for other regional YAM exhibits.

HS Photography 2017
December 9, 2017
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 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.

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

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.

Click here for drop-off site information.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

January 9, 2018
Get Involved in Your State Organization - Join Us at Our Next Board Meeting!

All members are welcome.
Our next meeting will be:

• February 16 - TBA.

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

2018 Meetings scheduled:

• February - TBA
• March - TBA
• April - TBA
• May - TBA
• June - TBA

December 2017
ELECTIONS: Congratulations to...

All positions start January 1, 2018

• 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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